May 15, 1963|
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
|Origin||New York City|
Red Hot Chili Peppers|
New White Trash
Kristen Vigard (born May 15, 1963) is an American actress and singer. She is known for being the first actress to play the role of Annie in its Broadway debut and for her two-year run as "Morgan Richards" on Guiding Light (1980–1981). She also had a two-year run on One Life to Live (1984–1985).
Vigard has appeared in two feature films, The Black Stallion (1979) and The Survivors (1983). Additionally she had roles in two TV movies, Home to Stay (1978) and License to Kill (1984), and also had guest appearances on three TV series.
Kristen Vigard released her eponymous debut album in 1988. She recorded and toured as a backup singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone in the late 1980s and early 1990s, appearing on RHCP's Mother's Milk (1989) and One Hot Minute (1995) and Fishbone's The Reality of My Surroundings (1991) and Give a Monkey a Brain (1993).
She released her second album, God, Loves and Angels in 2004. More recently, she was a founding member of the downtempo acoustic rock band New White Trash, which released three albums between 2011 and 2014.
Early life and education
Vigard was born on May 15, 1963 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of actress Mallory Millett Danaher and Ronald Vigard, who worked for 3M. In the late 1960s, she moved with her family to New York City where she made her acting debut at the age of 6. She was one of the first clients to be signed to the children's division of the Ford Modeling Agency, along with Brooke Shields and Ricky Schroder.
Vigard's debut stage role was in 1970 when she worked with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, appearing in A Cheap Trick, playing a carrot in a production starring Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis. This was followed a role in 100 Miles from Nowhere, and she appeared with Ruby Dee in The Wedding Band in 1972. Vigard continued performing in theatre, appearing in additional productions with Joanne Woodward and Shirley Knight.
In 1976, she created the title role in the musical Annie at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. However, the producers soon decided that Vigard's genuinely sweet interpretation was not tough enough for the street-smart character. After a week of performances, Vigard was replaced by Andrea McArdle, who played one of the orphans. Vigard later went on to become McArdle's Broadway understudy.
In 1977, Vigard played "Crissy" in the short-lived Broadway revival of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Though the show met with mostly negative reviews, Vigard received some of the best notices. The New York Times wrote, "The very best song of all, and perhaps the best performance as well, is Miss Vigard in the stony and touching saga of a teenybopper, 'Frank Mills.' Miss Vigard looks like an ancient 12-year-old; she sings in a clear, clean style that cuts most satisfyingly through the general lushness." Newsweek noted, "Angel-faced Kristen Vigard is the nicest of [the] cast."
In May 1979, she returned to Broadway as Johanne in Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan's I Remember Mama with Liv Ullman. Although the show was the last musical to be written by Richard Rodgers, it received mixed reviews.
Television and film
Vigard made her television debut alongside Henry Fonda in the 1978 TV movie Home to Stay. In 1980, Vigard was cast as Morgan Richards on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. That same year, she appeared on the cover of People as one of the "Torrid Teens on the Soaps". She remained on the show for two years.
Vigard made her film debut in the 1979 film, The Black Stallion. In 1983, she appeared in her first major screen role alongside Robin Williams, playing Walter Matthau's daughter in The Survivors. Although the film itself was panned by critics, People magazine described Vigard's performance as "appealing."
She continued her work on television in a 1983 episode of Fame, a 1984 TV movie License to Kill, a two-year stint on One Life to Live as Joy O'Neill from 1984 to 1985, a 1986 episode of The Equalizer, and a 1987 episode of Amazing Stories.
Vigard then pursued a music career, initially singing solo in Paris subway stations before joining the underground music scene in Los Angeles. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she recorded and toured as a backup singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone, appearing on RHCP's Mother's Milk (1989) and One Hot Minute (1995) and Fishbone's The Reality of My Surroundings (1991) and Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe (1993).
In 1988, she released her eponymous debut album on the Private Music label. It was chosen as one of the top 100 albums of the year by Playboy and reached the Billboard Top 30. Reviewer Tim Marklein of The Stanford Daily gave the album an "A+" and compared her to Paul Simon, writing that "Twenty-six year old Kristen Vigard may look young, but her debut album shows that she has as much experience merging different forms of music as Paul Simon."
In 1996, she sang the lead vocals for Illeana Douglas for the film Grace of My Heart. Vigard's second album, God, Loves and Angels, released in 2004, includes Vigard's performance of "God Give Me Strength", which was not included on the soundtrack CD.
New White Trash
From 2009 through 2013, Vigard was a member of the band New White Trash, a downtempo acoustic rock band. Vigard was a founding member, along with Michael C. Ruppert, drummer Andy Kravitz, and guitarist Doug Lewis. The band released two albums, Doublewide (2011) and Age of Authority (2013). Following Ruppert's suicide in 2014, the band announced its intention to release a tribute album. Beyond the Rubicon was released on December 11, 2014.
Vigard lives with her husband and her daughter in Taos, New Mexico, where she has appeared in local plays.
In popular culture
Vigard's short-lived role as Annie is mentioned in the 2008 film, Phoebe in Wonderland.
- Kristen Vigard (1988). Kristen Vigard. Private Music/BMG.
- Kristen Vigard (2004). God, Loves and Angels. Cosmic Fish Media/Bejole Music.
With Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (1989). Mother's Milk. EMI Records.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (1995). One Hot Minute. Warner Bros.
- Fishbone (1991). The Reality of My Surroundings. Columbia Records.
- Fishbone (1993). Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe. Columbia Records.
With New White Trash
- New White Trash (2011). Doublewide. Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
- New White Trash (2013). Age of Authority. Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
- New White Trash (2014). Beyond the Rubicon. Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
- Music videos
- New White Trash (2011). Realize the Lie. Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
- New White Trash (2012). Hello Life. Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
- Jill Sobule (1995). "Supermodel". Jill Sobule. Lyrics by David Baerwald, David Kitay, Brian MacLeod, Kristen Vigard. Lava / Atlantic.
- Kristen Vigard (1996a). "A Boat on the Sea". Grace of My Heart (Original Soundtrack). Composed by David Baerwald and Larry Klein. MCA.
- Kristen Vigard (1996b). "Man from Mars". Grace of My Heart (Original Soundtrack). Composed by Joni Mitchell. MCA Records.
- Weapon of Choice (2002). Illoominutty. Kristen Vigard (backup vocals). Nuttsactor 5.
- Venice Arts Club (2010). "OK Sunshine". Venice Arts Club —. V2. Vocals by Kristen Vigard and Doug Lewis. Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
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- Red Hot Chili Peppers 1989.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers 1995.
- Fishbone 1991.
- Fishbone 1993.
- Maslin 1996.
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- Schinder & Schwartz 2008, p. 429.
- Ruppert 2012.
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- New White Trash 2011.
- New White Trash 2013.
- Lewis 2014.
- New White Trash 2014.
- Romancito 2012.
- "Phoebe in Wonderland quotes". Subzin.com. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- Blake, Doug (video interview) (2010). Andy Kravitz and the New White Trash. Venice Arts Club / Smartchannel.TV. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Eagan, Daniel (2010). America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry. A&C Black. ISBN 978-0826429773.
- Eder, Richard (October 1977). "Stage: Revived Hair Shows its Gray 60s Grow Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Ferri, Josh (October 27, 2012). "Annie Yesterday, Today and 'Tomorrow': All About Broadway's Favorite Little Orphan". Broadway Buzz. Broadway.com. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Goldstein, Norm (1982). Henry Fonda: His Life and Work. Michael Joseph Publishers.
- Kroll, Jack (October 17, 1977). "Theater". Newsweek. in New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. Volumes 38-39. Critics' Theatre Reviews, Inc. 1977. p. 259.
- Lewis, Doug (July 20, 2014). "Beyond The Rubicon – StartJoin Hosts Fund Drive For Mike Ruppert Tribute Album". Venice Arts Club. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
- Marklein, Tim (October 18, 1990). "Vigard Debut Shows Musical Maturity". The Stanford Daily. 198 (19). p. 5.
- Maslin, Janet (September 13, 1996). "Grace of My Heart". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Newcomb, Roger (January 29, 2012). "Interview: Kristen Vigard Reminisces About Her Time At Guiding Light". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Novick, Julius (December 17, 1970). "'A Cheap Trick': The Nature of Experiments". The Village Voice. p. 61.
- People (July 25, 1983). "Picks and Pans Review: The Survivors". People. 20 (4). Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Powers, Ann (September 22, 1996). "Paying Tribute To the Music That Never Died". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Rein, Richard K.; Birnbaum, Gail; Lardine, Bob (October 27, 1980). "Sexy and Sweet". People (cover story). 14 (17). Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- Romancito, Rick (January 28, 2012). "An 'accidental playwright' prepares for first staged reading in Taos". The Taos News. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Ruppert, Michael C. (March 10, 2012). "New White Trash Music Project". New White Trash: Music of the Post-Paradigm. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
- Schinder, Scott; Schwartz, Andy (2008). Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends who Changed Music Forever. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313338472.
- Spaner, Whitney (December 13, 2014). "'You Won't Be An Orphan for Long': Where Are the Stars of Annie Now?". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
- Stevens, Julie (December 13, 2008). "Kristin Vigard - Broadway Cast". Annieorphans.com. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Weber, Bruce (March 2, 1997). "Forget It, Kid. Maybe Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
- Willis, John A., ed. (1981). "Kristen Vigard". John Willis' Theatre World. Crown Publishers.
- Official Facebook page
- Kristen Vigard at AllMusic
- Kristen Vigard discography at Discogs
- Kristen Vigard at the Internet Broadway Database
- Kristen Vigard at the Internet Movie Database
- Kristen Vigard on ReverbNation
- Vigard on the cover of People, October 27, 1980
- Photographs of Vigard in I Remember Mama at Museum of the City of New York
- Photographs of Vigard at the New York Public Library Digital Collections