Celebrity News : Antonia Christina Basilotta (her real name) was born in Philadelphia, USA on September 22, 1943. She is a singer, choreographer, dancer, director, and composer who has a net worth of $ 5 million
Her mother, Jacqueline Jessica Anderson, was an acrobatic vaudeville comedian; Her father, meanwhile, was an orchestra conductor who directed at the Chicago Theater and the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, among others.
As a child, Toni began to dance professionally, but her career began when she appeared as a dancer and assistant choreographer at Shindig !, a variety show broadcast by ABC between 1964 and 1966. She was also an assistant choreographer and introduced herself as a go-go dancer in the Musical The TAMI Show (Teen-Age Music International).
In the musical, Toni Basil began in 1966 with a single for A & M Records, which was the homonym song of the short film Breakaway, by the director Bruce Conner. In 1982 she released her hit Mickey, a cover of the song Kitty by the British band Racey, to which he added the song of a cheerleader (“Oh Mickey, you’re so fine”). The album where this song came, Word of Mouth (1982, Chrysalis Records), was certified by the RIAA with Gold Record in sales, despite obtaining the location # 22 on the Billboard Hot 200. From that album came two more singles, Nobody in the UK and Shopping ‘From A to Z in the USA.
After that album, Toni Basil released his self-titled album in 1983, which brings the third and last Hot 100 in the US, Over My Head. In addition, in the soundtrack of the film Modern Girls of 1986 appeared another song of that disc, Girls Night Out. And in the Philippines, the single Street Beat was a hit. Since then, Toni has not released any new albums, although there is a collection of no fewer than five major hits to date. And in 1999, DJ and producer Jason Nevin performed a dance remix of the hit Mickey.
Although she has been somewhat removed from music, Toni Basil continues to work as a choreographer, as she has shown in the films The Rose, That Thing You Do, Legally Blond and My Best Friend’s Wedding. As an actress, she has had roles in films such as Greaser’s Palace by Robert Downey Sr. and Mother, Jugs & Speed (starring Bill Cosby, Harvey Keitel, and Raquel Welch)
She is also a film and video director, as she has shown in the same Mickey video. And her films in 8 mm and 16 mm of the 60’s were recently toured in the USA. With the show Semina Culture: Wallace Berman and his Circle. Among the most recent of Toni Basil is having been invited as a judge in 2008 and 2009 for the program So You Think You Can Dance. In 2009 she received the Living Legend of Hip Hop Award at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships.