By Scoop Malinowski
Status: American singer and actress best known for playing “Liz Chandler” on Days of Our Lives soap opera for six years (1980–86). She and Carl Anderson performed the duet “Friends and Lovers,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.
DOB: December 10, 1946 In: New York City
First memory of music: Singing in church choir, mimicking people on television. I was five or six.
Music inspirations: Peggy Lee, Beverly Kenny, Ella Fitzgerald – my dad was a jazz musician, so that was the music he played in our home.
Last book read: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
First job: Singing with a group, Those Four, in coffeehouses around Miami Beach.
Current car: A 2011 Cadillac SRX, my all-wheel chariot to handle the snow that accompanies living in the mountains.
Childhood dreams: To be a singer or a teacher; now I’m both…
Favorite ice cream flavor: French vanilla with little flecks of real vanilla bean.
Greatest career moment: Singing on the Academy Awards. Next, the day my record “Friends and Lovers” hit No. 1.
Most painful career moment: Singing the National Anthem and not hearing the starting pitch.
Most memorable performance: Touring in Australia.
Funny career memory: Can’t think of one!
Embarrassing career memory: The National Anthem above, this for a woman who usually has perfect pitch.
Favorite live performers: My son, Robin Thicke; Aretha Franklin, Sting, Bono.
Hobbies/interests/leisure activities: Reading, time with my family, especially Nana’s gorgeous boys, Tyler and Julian.
People/personality qualities most admired: Thoughtfulness, kindness, compassion, forthrightness.