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Ann Magnuson - Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories

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Ann Magnuson

Ann Magnuson

Ann Magnuson is an actress, singer, writer and part-time performance artist who has performed at REDCAT, The Whitney Museum, MoMA, Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, BAM, P.S. 1, P.S. 122 and Joe's Pub and in theaters and cabarets all across the country (as well as in the U.K., Europe, Japan and even The Arctic Circle!)

Ann was part of the seminal art and music scene in NYC during the 1980s (when she managed the neo-Dada cabaret space Club 57 and directed the infamous New Wave Vaudeville Show) and is prominately featured in the travelling NYU art exhibit Downtown (which was recently at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh where Ann performed last summer). Her video "Made For TV" (made with video artist Tom Rubnitz) premiered on the PBS series "Alive From Off Center" and is featured in the Downtown show as well as in the New Museum's East Village U.S.A. exhibit.

As an actress, Ann Magnuson's film credits include The Hunger, Desperately Seeking Susan, Making Mr. Right, Tequila Sunrise, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, Clear And Present Danger, Small Soldiers, The Caveman's Valentine and Panic Room as well as numerous independant films. (Not to mention cult faves Cabin Boy and Glitter!) She was a series regular on the ABC-TV sitcom Anything But Love starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis (recently released on DVD) and has appeared on countless TV shows including “Frasier,” “CSI:Miami,” “The Drew Carey Show,” "Caroline in the City", "The John Laroquette Show", “Wanda At Large,” the HBO/Tom Hanks series “From The Earth To The Moon” and “Our House” (opposite Doris Roberts) for The Hallmark Channel.

In addition to her many one-woman shows, Ann's Off Broadway credits include Four Dogs And A Bone and The Vagina Monologues as well as starring in the LA premiere of the David and Amy Sedaris play The Book Of Liz.

Ann was the lead singer and lyricist for the psycho-psychedelic band Bongwater with whom she released five albums. Her first solo album, The Luv Show, was released on Geffen Records and her new CD, Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories distributed worldwide by Asphodel.

She has written for magazines as varied as Art Forum, Vogue, Departures, Details, Allure and Conde Nast Traveler and currently pens a monthly column, L.A. Woman, for Paper magazine (as well as contributing to their blog at

(Photo by Rocky Schenck)