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Name: Shani Wallis
Known As: Shani
Birthday: April 14, 1933
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England, UK.
Current Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Current Age: 77.
Eye Color: Brown.
Hair Color: Brown.
Famous Family: A brother Leon Roy, a jazz drummer; a husband (since 1965) Bernard Rich, agent and former actor, and a daughter Rebecca Rich, a cosume designer.
- By the age of four, she had already begun performing.
- Has appeared in such theater productions as:
» Call Me Madam
» Happy as a King
» Wish You Were Here
» Wonderful Town
» Finian's Rainbow
» Irma La Douce and more
-Designs Christmas Ornaments for her friend Connie Stevens, also an actress.
-Once studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on a scholarship.
-Began performing on stage from age 4 and performing in repertory as an early teen.
-Made her West End musical debut at age 18 with "Call Me Madam" at the Coliseum in 1952 as the lead Princess Maria.
-In 1960 she replaced Tony-winner Elizabeth Seal in the title role of "Irma La Douce" at London's Lyric Theatre.
-Was given the role of Nancy in Oliver! instead of Georgia Brown, the original Nancy from the West End production.
-Won the role of Nancy nearly a year after first auditioning when she demonstrated an acceptable Cockney.
-Said she would have liked to be a judge on the 2008 "I'd Do Anything" Oliver! reality casting BBC series.
-In the Daily Express, Shani said she likes to watch American Idol.
-She wouldn't mind playing Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Sunset Boulevard.
-Still enjoys singing and dancing.
-Believes that anyone playing Nancy should understand Victorian London & have real depth to the role.
-She was spotted and subsequently auditioned and won the part of Nancy in the 1968 film Oliver! while appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
-Recieved a Laurel Award nomination in 1970 for 'Female New Face' for her performance in Oliver!.