Known for movies

Short Info

Net Wortharound $9 million
Date Of BirthMay 8, 1940
SpouseDaryl Dragon, Kenneth Shearer, Love Will Keep Us Together, Do That to Me One More Time, Muskrat Love
FactSister of Jane Tennille, Louisa Tennille and Melissa Tennille.


Where is Toni Tennille today? Died or alive? Wiki Bio

Cathryn Antoinette ‘Toni’ Tennille was born in Montgomery, Alabama USA, on 8 May 1940, so her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. She is a singer, songwriter, and a keyboardist, best known for having been a member of the duo The Captain & Tennille.

There are rumors circulating the internet that Toni has passed away, while she is actually healthy and is leading a peaceful life at her home in Tallahassee, Florida.

Posted by Toni Tennille on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Childhood and education

Toni was raised alongside her three younger sisters in Montgomery by their mother Cathryn who was a talk show host, and their father Frank who was the owner of a small furniture shop, while also a member of the Alabama Legislature in the ‘50s.

Toni was interested in singing from a very early age, and took her first lessons at the age of six. After finishing elementary school, she enrolled at Sidney Lanier High School where she sang in several plays performed there. Upon matriculation, Toni attended Auburn University, where she learned to play the piano, and was a member of the university’s band – Auburn Knights.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962.

Career as a singer and other ventures

Toni started working as a field clerk in Balboa, California as the family moved there after her father’s furniture shop failed to make enough money. After being a clerk for a year, she joined the North American Rockwell Corporation as a statistical analyst.

Toni was living in Corona del Mar in the late ‘60s, when she was asked by Ron Thronsen to create music for his rock musical “Mother Earth”. The musical became a hit, making its way to Broadway, while Toni was credited as a composer which helped launch her career as a musician.

Just a couple of years later, she met Daryl Dragon, another American musician and songwriter; they started dating and Daryl made Toni a member of his band the Beach Boys for a tour in 1972. They were with the band for over a year before leaving to create their duo, The Captain & Tennille, and their first song “The Way I Want to Touch You” was released in September 1973. The song became a hit, helping them sign their first contract, while their cover song of “Love Will Keep Us Together” – originally performed by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka – became a gigantic hit, winning a Grammy Award for the Record of the Year in 1975.

Toni continued working for other musicians as well, and could have been heard singing background vocals on the album “Caribou” by Elton John, and on the album “The Wall” by Pink Floyd. In the summer of 1980, Toni was invited to sing  the national anthem at a baseball match held in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, then went on to host her own “The Toni Tennille Show” from 1980 to 1981.

She has also done a bit of acting, and from 1998 to the summer of 1999, she portrayed Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grazinski in the play “Victor Victoria”, touring around California. She and Daryl released an album consisting of only Christmas songs entitled “The Secret of Christmas”.

Toni Tennille

Toni is also a writer, as she published “Toni Tennille: A Memoir” in April 2016.

Albums

Toni released her debut album “More Than You Know” in 1984, followed by “All of Me” in 1987. Her third album “Do It Again” came out in 1988, while “Never Let Me Go” followed in 1991. Two of her latest albums have been “Things Are Swingin’” in 1994, and “Incurable Romantic” in 2001.

Love life and relationships

Toni met her first husband, Kenneth Shearer while she was attending university, and they dated for several years before marrying in June 1962, shortly after she graduated. They were together for 10 years before splitting, but remained on good terms so the divorce was simple and quick.

Daryl asked Toni to marry him in the summer of 1974, and the ceremony was held on 11 November 1975, attended by the two’s closest friends and family. It is widely believed that Toni and Daryl married only because they were advised to do so by their accountant, as they would have to pay less taxes as a couple. In July 2014 the two divorced, Toni later stating that she filed for divorce because Daryl was not affectionate enough, or at all. They stayed good friends until 2 January 2019, when Daryl died from kidney failure.

Daryl Frank Dragon was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 27 August 1942 – his zodiac sign was Virgo and he held American nationality. He was a musician and a songwriter, better known for his nickname ‘Captain’. He was raised by his mother Eloise who was a composer, and his father Carmen Dragon who was an arranger, while his brother Dennis was a pop singer. He had his own variety show “The Captain & Tennille” in 1976 which counted 20 episodes, while he also appeared in 11 episodes of Toni’s show.

He was a member of several bands such as the Wright Sounds, The Mission, and The Yellow Balloon among others. In November 2009, Daryl developed a familial tremor which affected his career as a musician, and in 2010 the neurological condition had worsened by anxiety and stress, and he became unable to play the keyboard.

Hobbies and other interests

Toni’s main hobby was travelling during her 30s and 40s, across the US to perform with her husband, while the duo also travelled around Europe, visiting countries such as Slovenia, Germany and France. She was physically active during that time, going to the gym several times per week, while she went jogging for an hour nearly every morning.

She was interested in donating money to charity, and wanted to volunteer but had little time to do so. She has been a lover of animals since she was a teenager, and has had several pet dogs and cats.

Toni likes to watch movies in her spare time, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Heath Ledger, Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep while her favorite movies include “The Patriot”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, and “The Number 23”.

Appearance and net worth

Toni is 79 years old. She has medium long blonde hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, and weighs around 158lbs (72kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $4.5 million.

General Info

Full NameToni Tennille
Net Wortharound $9 million
Date Of BirthMay 8, 1940
Height1.8 m
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter, Love Will Keep Us Together, Do That to Me One More Time, Muskrat Love
EducationAuburn University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseDaryl Dragon, Kenneth Shearer, Love Will Keep Us Together, Do That to Me One More Time, Muskrat Love
ParentsFrank Tennille, Cathryn Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together, Do That to Me One More Time, Muskrat Love
SiblingsJane Tennille, Melissa Tennille, Louisa Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together, Do That to Me One More Time, Muskrat Love

Accomplishments

NominationsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist
TV ShowsThe Captain and Tennille

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1(January 16, 2014) Filed for divorce from her 2nd husband of 39 years Daryl Dragon.
2Sister of Jane Tennille, Louisa Tennille and Melissa Tennille.
3Daughter of singer Frank Tennille, whose stage name was Clark Randall, and Cathryn Tennille. Frank was a member of Bob Crosby and the Bobcats.
4Sister-in-law of Dennis Dragon, Doug Dragon and Carmen Dragon.
5Married musical partner Daryl Dragon (aka The Captain) at her parents' urging, when they were about to go on tour together and her parents worried about their public image. ("Living together" was still largely frowned upon in America during the early 1970s.) Neither Tennille nor Dragon took the marriage seriously at the time, but came to value it more and more as the years went by.
6Backup singer for The Beach Boys in the early 1970s, making her arguably the first "Beach Girl".
7Daughter-in-law of Carmen Dragon and Eloise Dragon.
8Sang background vocals on Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982).
9Grammy-award winning singer

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
30 Rock2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 1 episode
200 Cigarettes1999"Do That to Me One More Time"
Jerry and Tom1998writer: "Do That To Me One More Time"
Whore 21994performer: "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kislap sa dilim1991writer: "This Is Not The First Time"
Fantasy IslandTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights1980TV Special performer: "Heartache Tonight"
Top of the Pops1980TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The George Burns One-Man Show1977TV Special writer: "Circles"
The Captain and Tennille1977TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The John Kerwin Show2016TV Series
Casper's Scare School2006TV MovieBelle (voice, as Captain & Tennille)
Ellen1996TV SeriesTennille
The Love Boat1978-1981TV SeriesLynn Mitchell / Suzanne Henderson
Fantasy Island1979-1980TV SeriesSusan Lohman / Betty Foster / Sandy Larson
The Toni Tennille Show1980TV SeriesHostess
The Bob Hope Show1977TV Series

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pink Floyd: The Wall1982additional musician

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Ranch2010the producers wish to thank - as The Captain and Tennille

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Performer
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary1977TV SpecialHerself (Captain & Tennille)
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHerself (Captain & Tennille)
The Second Annual Rock Music Awards1976TV SpecialHerself (as Captain and Tennille)
The Captain & Tennille Special1976TV SpecialHerself (Captain & Tennille)
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHerself
The Jim Stafford Show1975TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
Today2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2007TV SeriesHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Neil Sedaka: The Show Must Go On2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1999TV SeriesHerself
Crook & Chase1997TV SeriesHerself
Talk Soup1996TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
Into the Night1991TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Cocoanut Ballroom1986TV MovieHerself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Madame's Place1982TV SeriesHerself
Rock 'n' Roll: The First 25 Years1982TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
A Gift of Music1981TV SpecialHerself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHerself (as Captain and Tennille)
Solid Gold1980TV SeriesHerself - Co-host
Bob Hope for President1980TV Special
The Toni Tennille Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1980TV Series documentaryHerself
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights1980TV SpecialHerself
Vega$1980TV SeriesHerself
The Wolfman Jack Radio Show1980TV MovieHerself
New American Bandstand 19651975-1979TV SeriesHerself / Herself (as Captain & Tennille) / Herself (as Captain and Tennille)
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Herself - Co-Host / Herself
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
The Captain & Tennille Songbook1979TV SpecialHerself / Co-Host
ABC Presents Tomorrow's Stars1978TV MovieHerself - Singer (as Captain and Tennille)
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
The Captain and Tennille in Hawaii1978TV SpecialHerself (co-host)
The Captain and Tennille in New Orleans1978TV SpecialHerself (co-host)
The Midnight Special1978TV SeriesHerself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
The Carol Burnett Show1978TV SeriesHerself
Fair Weather Friends1977TV MovieHerself (as Captain & Tenille)
Die Drehscheibe1977TV SeriesSinger
The George Burns One-Man Show1977TV SpecialToni Tennille
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Pops1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Captain and Tennille1976-1977TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself / Herself - Hostess
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards1977TV SpecialHerself (Captain & Tennille) (as Tennille)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops1980TV SeriesHerself - Captain and Tennille

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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