Connie Freeman Prince

Connie is an accomplished actress, singer, impressionist, comedienne, entertainer and writer. Starting in 2004, she became "Miss Lillian" at Miss Lillian's Chicken House in Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN. She is hostess and entertainer to thousands of "chickenettes" each week, playing her banjo-uke and writing songs "on the fly" about guests. She also gives out "magic pennies" which can be used to make wishes in her wishing well just outside the front door of the Chicken House. Come to Dollywood to see her. Make sure to crow real loud so she'll "fly a biscuit" to you! She's in the Valley Section, just past the railroad overpass. Wait for a train returning to the station and you'll be sure to see her rushing out of Miss Lillian's, trying to catch it. If you miss her she's probably out gathering chickens for the coop. On March 25, 2005, Dollywood issued the Miss Lillian pin you see on the right. You can click on it to see a larger version.

Connie began her career at the age of one in Jackson, Tennessee on her mother's "Cousin Tuny Television Show" in the days of live TV. She attained a BFA in Theatre Performance at Memphis State University and received an apprenticeship at the renowned Actors Theatre of Louisville Regional Theatre Company. Since then she has played parts ranging from Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Dolly Parton, Shirley Temple and Carol Channing to Betty Boop - along with various other voices she portrays in her other one-woman show 'CONNIE & COMPANY'.

From the female lead in the Ray Stevens movie, 'Get Serious', to playing a 'Judy' look-alike in the film "Finding Graceland" with Harvey Keitel and Bridget Fonda, to numerous TV and radio commercials, as in TNN's 'Dot Com' Character (promoting their web-site), her growing career has taken her to headlining in Tokyo, Japan and Cruise Ships, to Walt Disney World and Opryland Productions, including "The Game Show" with Bob Eubanks.

She also grew up performing for Special Children on the West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Telethon with her mom and the late great Carl Perkins - all of which has developed her versatility, and most important, her heartfelt love and joy for her work. In her homeland, she is known as 'Tootsie Rose' from Sweet Lips, TN (a whimsical character she has performed for young & old - with humor & inspiration).

If you went to the movies in the 70's and 80's, you've heard Connie perform. She provided the voices for the mother and baby penguins in the concession stand advertisement "Snack Canyon." Many theater-goers remember saying, "Sprite, please" along with the baby penguin :-)

© 2008, Connie Freeman Prince