At age 17 in 1965, Lada Edmund, Jr.was receiving as much publicity as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera when they first launched their careers with the hit records “Baby One More Time” and “Genie In A Bottle”. Forty-four years later, Lada is now a personal trainer for men and women of all ages, and helps kids stay fit as an ambassador against obesity in children with her Trim Kids Program .
Now a resident of Bergen County, NJ; Lada first earned Broadway credits as a singer/dancer/actress with the original Broadway cast of Bye, Bye Birdie as ”Penelope Ann” in 1960 and with replacement roles in Broadway productions of West Side Story as “Anybodys” and Promises, Promises (1968) as “Vivien Della Hoya”.
Bye Bye Birdie is having its first revival in almost 50 years when its opens on Broadway on October 15, 2009 starring John Stamos and Gina Gershon. The original Broadway production won 7 Tony Awards in 1961 . The cast had a 35th anniversary reunion at Sardi’s on April 18, 1995.
During the 1965-66 television season there was a hit NBC-TV pop music variety series called Hullabaloo featuring a then 17 year old Lada Edmund, Jr., who became a national phenomenon as the “caged go-go girl” dancer in the “Hullabaloo A-Go-Go” segment near the closing sequence of each show.
Lada mesmerized millions with her dance moves, and was featured on the first cover of GQ Magazine in addition to covers of TV Guide and Life magazines. She wore the classic and now vintage go-go boots while she danced “the frug”, “the watusi” and “the jerk”in her cage on Hullabaloo long before singer Nancy Sinatra (and later Jessica Simpson) sang the hit song “These Boots Are Made For Walking.”
The Hullabaloo Dancers—a team of professionally and classically trained dancers.—appeared on the Hullabaloo TV series on a regular basis. Two of them—the late Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls) and Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Company)—went on to achieve considerable fame on Broadway. Choreographer and dancer, David Winters, went on to direct or produce over 200 shows, specials or films
At the peak of her heyday on Hullabaloo, Lada joined the cast of a Broadway bound musical called Hot September, based on the famous William Inge play Picnic. Produced by David Merrick, the show was directed by Joshua Logan. The show received favorable notices in Boston and Philadelphia, but closed prior to opening on Broadway due to Mr. Logan’s emergency hospitalization.
Lada Edmund, Jr ,now known as Lada St. Edmund, also had a brief recording career with her singles “I Know Something” and “The Larue.” (Listen to her Motown sound ) . She performed at Murray the K’s Christmas Revue with many acts including The Four Seasons, Dionne Warwick, Little Eva, and Jackie Wilson.She also co-starred with Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight in the critically acclaimed 1969 film Out of It.
Hullabaloo was broadcast on NBC-TV from January 12, 1965 through August 29, 1966. In contrast to ABC-TV’s American Bandstand it ran during prime-time. Hullabaloo served as a big-budget, quality showcase for the leading pop acts of the day. A different host presided each week—among these were Sammy Davis, Jr., Petula Clark, Paul Anka, Jack Jones and Frankie Avalon singing a couple of his or her own hits and introducing acts such as Sonny & Cher, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Herman’s Hermits, The Animals, and Marianne Faithful.
Lada Edmund Jr’s television credits include Love American Style, Mod Squad and Banacek. She appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson several times, and also was featured in the motion picture For Those Who Think Young (1964)with James Darren, Nancy Sinatra and Pamela Tiffin. Other film credits include the action adventures Jump! (1971), Savage (1973), and Act of Vengeance (1974).
In addition, Lada was a columnist for Hit Parader magazine and hosted Monitor, an NBC radio talk show which alternated with Dr. Joyce Brothers radio show. She has also been a spokesperson for a physical fitness handgrip product on the QVC television network. Lada is included in John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Book of Political Lists under “Women Who Dated Henry Kissinger” along with Candice Bergen, Barbara Howar, Shirley MacLaine, Jill St. John, Diane Sawyer, Marlo Thomas and Liv Ullman.
Ms. St. Edmund later became a stuntwoman in Hollywood and performed death defying feats in films including Smokey & The Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, and classic TV shows such as Charlie’s Angels and Starsky and Hutch. She was the highest paid stunt driver in Hollywood history for the one stunt testing of air bags in U.S. automobiles. She testified in Washington to their safety, and was featured regarding this new concept in The Saturday Evening Post.
At age 65, the physically fit and still beautiful Lada St. Edmund is “bringing sexy back for the menopause set” as she likes to say. A NSCA & AFAA certified personal Trainer with her Minor Miracles training program for over 30 years now, she counsels clients on diet, weight and nutritional management. In addition, Ms. St. Edmund has a 3rd degree Black Belt in karate, and is qualified boxing instructor, currently teaching the latest craze “strike force boxing” at Gold’s Gym in Teterboro, NJ.. She also formed her own health and fitness company Minor Miracles in addition to the Trim Kids Program , based out of Odyssey Athletic Center in Waldwick, New Jersey.
She is a referee for the Golden Gloves, appointed to the Presidents Council of Physical Fitness and still finds time to run her charity Minor Miracles that reaches out to the inner city kids in need of physical fitness and better health skills. She is accepting tax deductible donations at Minor Miracles
Lada St. Edmund’s celebrity clients in the past have included Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Vanessa Williams, Raquel Welch, Chita Rivera, Sally Field, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Patty Duke, George Hamilton, Chaka Kahn, Brooke Shields, the late Dom DeLuise, the Hyatt Corporation and the L.A.P.D.
Fans of Hullabaloo, The LaRue, Out of It, and Bye Bye Birdie can communicate with Lada on Facebook as Lada St Edmund. For interviews or additional information re Lada St. Edmund (Lada Edmund Jr.), please contact:
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She is a fascinating interview with a wealth of nostalgia about television, film and stage including behind the scenes information regarding fellow castmates and friends including Dinah Shore, Joshua Logan, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Lynde, Jerome Robbins, Chita Rivera, Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. There are also marvelous visuals from Ms. St. Edmund’s archive regarding various aspects of her multi-faceted career – photos with Tom Jones, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Sammy Davis Jr.;and the original TV Guide cover and feature stories, etc.