"The Magic Show" alongside fellow Godspeller Jeffrey Mylett. She earned a Tony award nomination for her powerhouse
performance in "Tintypes". She soon realized that she would need to refocus her energies if she wanted to be taken seriously
as a dramatic actress. She abandoned her tuneful ways and ventured into film and television roles.
Lynne went on to appear in nearly 40 movies and numerous television series. Her roles
were usually secondary, but nevertheless fiery and dignified in nature.
Sadly, Lynne Thigpen died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrage at the age of 54 on
March 4, 2003, in Los Angeles, California. Her final film was 'Anger Management' (2003), where she appeared as the judge- a minor role, but nevertheless acted out with the strong spirit she has
always shone through on each of her characters, minor or major.
The confident one, the
show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes jumps in before she really understands what's going on.
high A in Bless the Lord, high C in We Beseech Thee)
Hot pants- Red Tank Top-- movement in sleeves, Maroon Hat with flower -Blue velvet jacket, Green tights,
socks, orange shoes, glitzy waistband, Fitted form- shows off figure, yet is funny.
"I'll miss her greatly-
it wasn't until recently that I had discovered her death, and I realized that I had recognized her from several films. I still
watch 'Bicentennial Man' and 'Anger Management' to this day, along with 'Godspell', just to see her in it. As a child, I watched
the PBS series she was in whenever I got the chance- it was a favorite of mine. I hate to pick favorites, but her song "Bless
The Lord" in 'Godspell' was the most liveliest, and I still love it to this day. Everyone looked as if they had the most fun
in that number, and it's still a joy for me to watch. I was shocked when I heard of her death, and I'll always remember her."
Lynne Thigpen's birth name was Cherlynne Thigpen. She was born on December
22, 1948, in Joliet, Illinois. After she graduated from college, she taught English at a high school for a short time. She
was 'bit by the acting bug', and soon had a desire to act, fueled by her strong singing voice. She soon moved to New York,
and a short time afterward, won a singing role in the off-Broadway musical GODSPELL in 1971. Two years later, she got the
role in the movie version with several other members of the original stage cast. GODSPELL opened the door for Lynne as a performer
of strength, determination and vocal power. She soon continued on the musical scene in the '70s, in "Working", and in