Alisan Porter (born June 20, 1981) is a Jewish American actress, singer and dancer.

Life and career

Porter was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to a Jewish family.[1] Her maternal grandmother ran the Charlotte Klein Dance Center in Worcester.[2] Porter's mother, Laura Klein, was a dance coach for Diane Klimaszewski and Elaine Klimaszewski (now better known as the Coors Light Twins) who appeared on Star Search in 1987 in the teen dance category. While in Los Angeles for the twins' appearance on the show, the show's producer heard Alisan singing in the hotel lobby and had her on the very next episode. She has therefore been singing and performing since the young age of three, and at the age of five, became the youngest participant ever to win the Star Search show. As an actress, she is known for her role as Curly Sue in the movie Curly Sue.

Porter continued with acting in high school in Westport, Connecticut, where she joined a theatre group and participated in various shows. When she was eighteen, she moved to New York to audition for Broadway shows. She was cast as Urleen in the show Footloose.

Porter is based in Los Angeles, where she has been working on her music career. In 2003 the band The Raz was formed, with Porter as the vocalist and main songwriter. The Raz split up in 2004. In March 2005 she announced the birth of her new band, The Alisan Porter Project. During 2006 she performed in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line as Bebe Bensonheimer at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City.

Since December 2008, Porter is a contributing columnist for Movmnt Magazine.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Homesick Maggie
1989 Parenthood Taylor Buckman
1990 Stella Jenny (age 8)
I Love You to Death Carla Boca
1991 Curly Sue Curly Sue
2003 Shrink Rap Brandi
2006 The Ten Commandments: The Musical Miriam
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Pee-wee's Playhouse Li'l Punkin 1 episode
I'll Take Manhattan Young Maxi Miniseries
Family Ties Child 1 episode
1989-1990 Chicken Soup Molly Peerce 12 episodes
1990 Perfect Strangers Tess Holland 1 episode
When You Remember Me Kelly Television movie
1991 The Golden Girls Melissa 1 episode
2001 Undressed Belinda Unknown episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1992 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series The Golden Girls
1993 Won Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture Curly Sue


External links

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Alisan Porter. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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