Bio

cvdheadshot1.jpgcvdheadshot2.jpgConny Van Dyke was born September 28, 1945 to Benjamin and Charlotte Elizabeth Van Dyke.

She began as a songwriter and recording artist for Wheelsville Records in Detroit, Michigan. In 1960, Conny entered and won the “Miss Teen USA” contest (sponsored by Teen magazine and apparently unrelated to the current Miss Teen USA pageant).

She was signed to Motown Records in 1961, making her one of the first white recording artists for the label. Her only Motown release appeared in early 1963 and featured the songs “It Hurt Me Too” (previously issued by Marvin Gaye) b/w “Oh Freddy” written by Smokey Robinson.

She was cast in Hell’s Angels ’69 with Tom Stern, Jeremy Slate, and the several members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. Her only sibling, Benjamin Van Dyke III, was killed in an auto accident near Salinas, CA in 1969. Shortly after Hell’s Angels ’69 she married Robert Page and gave birth to her only son, Bronson Page.

She continued to pursue recording, and released a self-titled album in 1972. She co-starred in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings in 1975 with Burt Reynolds. Another album, “Conny Van Dyke Sings For You,” followed the film. In 1975, she co-starred in Framed with Joe Don Baker.

After Framed Van Dyke turned to television, and appeared on Adam-12 and Police Woman as well as a number of game shows in the 70’s, including Match Game, You Don’t Say, The Cross-Wits, The Hollywood Squares and The Gong Show.

Conny’s career is marked by over a thousand public appearances from Caesar’s Palace to Radio City Music Hall. She was a featured talent and regional host in 25 years of telethons for her favorite charity, United Cerebral Palsy.

In 2005, she returned to the screen in Christian Calson‘s indie feature, Shiner, garnering great reviews for her performance.

She is currently an actress, songwriter, philanthropist, and Clickster Wrangler at Click Active Media in Los Angeles.

14 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Theresa P. Says:

    Welcome to WordPress, Conny! Love you!

  2. bibomedia Says:

    🙂

  3. Woah! I became a fan of u and ur blog much before I realised u were a famous actress.
    although ur name did give me a hint that u were someone famous.
    GREAT BLOG!

  4. Anonymus Says:

    ur on wikipedia!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conny_Van_Dyke
    u probably know though, becasue ur bio is copied from there…
    =D

  5. Joanne Vancil Says:

    WOW Conny read that you were seen after 30 years! Great.
    That would blow my mind too yet it was really cool to be
    remembered in a good way. So many aren’t
    Congrats and a big hug

  6. Patricia Slover Says:

    Conny, I spoke to you about 4 years ago after speaking to Bronson. As you remember, I was married to Bob Page, briefly, as was in the process of a divorce when he was killed. Wanted to say hello again. I had been discusing the chain of events that led me to call Bronson and thought I would see if your website was up! You look great, and at our age, I will be 64 July 4th, that’s a good thing. Tell Bronson I said Hello and would welcome a response, if you choose. My daughter, Lori was 14 when I married Bob and she remembers him well. She is 44 now and the only father figure at that short time in her life. I sadly did not know he had a son. Bob’s loss – Bronson sounds like a wonderful man.

    Pat Slover 618-954-8145
    pslover@charter.net

  7. Hi Conny,

    Glad to see your website is revised; real nice. I was in love with you from afar (never told you) along with probably every other guy at OPHS from 7th through 12th grade. I saw you in WW… in 75 and have your two LPs and Hell’s Angels ’69. Glad to see you’re doing well.

    I play cornet and harmonicas in a band (www.myspace.com/ginadandthemoaners). My website is http://www.savageheart.com.

    I hope you’re still singing. When are you going to record another album?

    Love always,

    David

  8. I do you remember you, David. I thought you were so funny and so quick-witted. As to my recording in the future…one never knows. Thanks for the memory! Stay well and keep making music.
    CVD

  9. Billie Fielder Miller Says:

    Hello stranger..been wondering for alot of years how you were..maybe you’ll receive this and respond to my e-mail..do you remember are days of growing up in Oak Park…I have missed you..if you get a chance,maybe you’ll respond.Love ya! and am really proud of all you have succeeded in..you school days friend…Billie Jean[Fielder] Miller

  10. Billie Fielder Miller Says:

    Hi Connie,remember me..I have been trying to find you for years,with no luck,but my sister Becky found Bronsons blog and called me to tell that she not only found your son,but you too.Hope you read this and get in touch with me.Love Billie Jean Fielder

  11. Billy Fielder…how could I ever forget you?!
    What a ball of energy, what a personality, what a vivacious cute blondie! I thank you for your comment.
    Seems I am hearing from many others from OPHS…my episode of Cold Case last month was a huge boost!
    Again…thanks for remembering me,
    Ever,
    CVD

  12. Howdy Ms. Van Dyke,

    I want to congratulate you on raising the most wonderful son in the world. Ever since he showed up in my life, he has been a jewel of friendship and loving support.
    You must be a fantastic Mother. It is not something I understand – motherhood being the only State in the Union I never been in.
    But that don’t stop me admiring and being in awe of those who are as successful at it as you are.
    On top of that, a trouper! My Stars, impressive.
    Please allow me to introduce myself to you, I feel in some tiny way related by love.
    LuRain Penny
    x

  13. Ms. LuRain,
    I am honored with your visit to my site. I am flattered by your compliments. I must say that you are right about Bronson being the best son in the world. fortunately for me, he is also the best friend in the world and the light of my life. However, Ms.LuRain, you bring your own light…where ever your words appear.
    With love,
    CVD

  14. Connie,

    Thank you so much for the kudos. I hope you like my pages too. Come on over see my little film – 8 Things Women Crave in Bed – sexy the way ladies are!
    I’ll stop by from time to time to say howdy.
    Continued success.
    Regards,
    LuRain
    x

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