Libby is a native of Atlanta and proud to call it her home. After attending Christ the King parochial school for five years, then E. Rivers to finish out grade school, she finally ended her quest for higher learning at Northside High School. Libby's fear of heights kept her from climbing on to college, that and the fact that she knew she would probably flunk out. So why waste the money? Her parents have always been grateful for that little bit of insight.
While at Northside the performing bug bit, and bit hard! Immediately after graduating, Libby was hired as a member of the touring company at the Harlequin Dinner Theater. OK, not immediately after high school, first she worked at McDonald's. She only lasted six months. It was at the Harlequin that she met Tom Edwards, who would later go on to write the "Della's Diner" series and "Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces". Following the Harlequin, Libby was hired at the Manhattan Yellow Pages in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, where she performed in the Irving Berlin revue "Puttin' On the Ritz". Moving from one mall to another, she then worked at Showcase Cabaret located in Ansley Mall. It was there, during the "salad days" of nightclubs in Atlanta, that she was part of the "Della's Diner" phenomenon that began with the episode entitled "Blue Plate Special". She went on to appear as Connie Sue Day in five of the six installments over the next (gulp) twenty years.
After Showcase Cabaret, Libby moved across the street to Upstairs At Gene & Gabe's, where for practically the entire '80s decade she performed her one woman shows, as well as the musical revue "Big Hair and Other Teases", and the show "Slammergirls". Her friend Tom Edwards wrote some of her one-woman shows, some she wrote herself. Libby has always felt that the time she spent at Upstairs was the most important in terms of her growth as a performer, and believes that she truly blossomed on that stage.
Then a funny thing happened, cabarets died out in Atlanta. With no place to perform, Libby tried her hand at television and films. She appeared in the feature films "Something To Talk About", "Blue Sky", "That Darn Cat", "Fluke", and "Forces of Nature", and on TV in "Caroline?" "Wife, Mother, Murderer", "I'll Fly Away", the pilot episode of "Profiler", the mini-series "A Season in Purgatory" and "Mama Flora's Family", and last season's "The Price of a Broken Heart" on the Lifetime network, just to name a few. Most of these were of the "don't blink or you'll miss me" variety.
More recently she appeared at Rosalind's, located in Ansley Square (she just can't seem to get away from shopping centers). Her current project is her debut CD entitled "Almost A Legend". Her grandmother, Mimi, would be so proud that she is finally making her debut. The CD is out now and already into it's second pressing, the first having sold out in the first two months of it's release, and is available in selected stores here in the Atlanta area. This is a dream come true for Libby, and a perfect example of the old adage "miracles do happen". And, Atlanta Magazine voted her "Best Cabaret Performer" for 1998! This was amazing, considering there has been no cabaret in Atlanta for quite some time.
Throughout all of this, her longest standing performance venue has been the home of the Atlanta Braves, first at Fulton County Stadium and now at Turner Field. Libby comments, "I must say that singing the National Anthem for the Braves continues to be one of my favorite things to do in all the world." This past hockey season, Libby sang the National Anthem at every other home game for the inaugural season of the Atlanta Thrashers.
"...a delicious way to spend an evening. At once frothy, thick-skinned and funny as hell." --Wendell Brock, AJC
"Her stage persona is bold and brassy, with between-song patter that is at once campy and corny." --Scott Freeman, Atlanta Magazine
"Whittemore in her performance is a mistress of what her audience wants. Her selection of songs is a little like a bride's ensemble--something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. And the character she portrays is immediately accessible to her audience--one familiar from high school, the girl most fun." --Patrick Gaffney, Creative Loafing
"...an easygoing evening of soul-baring reminiscences in song and story. Fresh and full of verve." --Paul Crouch, AJC
"Her version of 'Hurt' would give Patsy Cline chills." --Atlanta Magazine
"...a fearless redhead with killer comedic instincts and wildly versatile vocal vocabulary." --Wendell Brock, AJC
"...she IS the queen. You can't help but feel that you're in your living room, or hers, and she's singing just for you. Whittemore's club is a treasure, and so is she." --Kathy Janich, AJC
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