Alisan Porter Biography

Alisan Porter is an American actress, singer and a dancer. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family, personal life, etc.

Alisan Porter
Quick Facts

Birthday: June 20, 1981

Nationality: American

Famous: Dancers Actresses

Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: Alisan Leigh Porter

Born in: Worcester, Massachusetts

Famous as: Singer, Actress


Spouse/Ex-: Brian Autenrieth (m. 2012; div. 2017)

U.S. State: Massachusetts

City: Worcester, Massachusetts

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Alisan Porter is an American actress, singer and a dancer best known to star in films such as ‘Parenthood’ and ‘I Love you To Death’. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Alisan’s mother was a dance teacher and this played a decisive role in Alisan getting attracted to performing arts as a kid. Alisan made her film debut at the age of 6 after she appeared in the film ‘Homesick’ and carried on with her film career with films such as ‘Parenthood’ and ‘Stella’. She also began her TV career appearing in series’ such as ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’ and ‘Chicken Soup’. As an adult, Alisan looked for roles in stage musicals and starred in ‘The Ten Commandments: The Musical’. In 2009, she made her musical debut and released her debut album titled ‘Alisan Porter’. She released her second album in 2014 titled ‘Who We Are’. In 2016, she also appeared as a contestant in the singing reality show ‘The Voice’ in the show’s 10th season and won. Apart from her career, Alisan has been in the news for her drug and alcohol addiction.

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Alisan Porter
Childhood & Early Life
  • Alisan Porter was born on June 20, 1981 in Worcester, Massachusetts, to parents Laura Klein and Ric Porter. Her mother ran a dance academy in her locality and was a famous dance teacher. She trained the dancing duo named as the Coors Light Twins, who appeared together on the television talent hunt show ‘Star Search’ in 1987.
  • While the episode was being telecasted where the Coors Light Twins were supposed to perform on ‘Star Search’, the producer heard Alisan singing in the hotel lobby. Alisan had been taking singing lessons since she was three years old. She was immediately made an entrant on the show. She was five years old at that time and she won the show, becoming the youngest ever winner of the ‘Star Search’.
  • Having a professional trained dancer as mother was supposed to influence little Alisan and it did. Alisan started learning dancing very early as a kid and eventually she also gained interest in acting. Her victory at the ‘Star Search’ competition helped her kick-start her acting career and in 1987, she made her on-screen acting debut.
  • By the time she was 11 years old, she had stopped doing films and television series’. 2 years later, her family moved to Connecticut. While resuming her education from high school, she became a part of the theatre group named the Staples Players. In school, she played lead roles in plays such as ‘Cinderella’ and ‘West Side Story’.
  • By the time she was out of high school, her interests had changed from film acting to appearing in more stage and Broadway productions. She moved to New York at the age of 18 to become a part of city’s thriving Broadway scene and started doing shows.
  • Her interest in music also caught up with her and she pursued her musical interests side by side.
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  • After a winning appearance in ‘Star Search’ in 1986, she made her acting debut in 1987 with a small role as Li’l Punkin in the children’s television program ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’. She followed it in the same year with another small role in the series ‘I’ll Take Manhattan’. She made two more television appearances in the year with the series ‘Family Ties’ and a television film ‘A Beverly Hills Christmas’.
  • In 1988, she made her film debut appearing in the film titled ‘Homesick’ where she played the role of Maggie. In the next year, she appeared in the comedy-drama film ‘Parenthood’ and portrayed the role of Taylor Buckman.
  • She had her first career breakthrough when she appeared playing a key role as Molly Peerce in sitcom named ‘Chicken Soup’ in 1989. Her appearance lasted for 12 episodes on the series and it was her biggest role thus far.
  • In 1990, she bagged yet another key role in the drama film ‘Stella’, where she played an 8 year old version of Jenny Claire, one of the main characters in the film. Despite being hailed for the performances, the film received mostly negative reviews and was a moderate box office success.
  • In the same year, she appeared in the film ‘I Love you To Death’, playing one of the key roles as Carla Boca. The black comedy film received average reviews at the box office and was a moderate box office success.
  • She further appeared in a cameo appearance in a single episode of the series titled ‘Perfect Strangers’ and followed it with a supporting role in the biographical drama TV film ‘When you Remember Me’.
  • In 1991, Alisan earned the first leading role of her career in the film ‘Curly Sue’, where she played the titular role of Curly Sue. Although the film was badly panned by the critics, it turned out to be a box office success. This was also Alisan’s last feature film appearance before she took a long hiatus from films.
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  • In the same year, she appeared playing the role of Melissa in a single episode of the series titled ‘The Golden Girls’.
  • In 2001, she made her television comeback with the series ‘Undressed’ and played the role of Belinda.
  • As for her film comeback, it happened in 2003 with the film ‘Shrink Rap’ wherein she played the role of Brandi.
  • In 2006, she appeared playing the role of Miriam, Moses’ sister, in the musical adaptation of the Ten Commandments. Although the musical received mixed reviews from the critics, it was considered a commercial success.
  • Although she tried hard to revive her acting career, but she could not do it. In 2008, she was seen playing a small role as a chorus line dancer in the comedy film ‘Meet Dave’. In the same year, she appeared in the documentary film ‘Every Little Step’, where she appeared as herself.
  • During that time, she focused on her stage and music career. In 2003, she announced the formation of a band named The Raz and attached herself as its main vocalist and songwriter. But the band discontinued playing music in the next year. Following the split, Alisan formed a new band named The Alisan Porter Project.
  • In 2006, she performed on a few musical numbers at the revival of the concept musical named ‘A Chorus Line’. In 2009, she released her debut album as a solo artist called ‘Alisan Porter’.
  • In February 2016, she officially became a participant on the talent hunt show called ‘The Voice’. In the finals, she performed on an original song titled ‘Down that Road’ and was crowned as the winner of the show. She also became the first official artist to be crowned as winner of the show.
  • As a musician, Alisan has released two albums, ‘Alisan Porter’ and ‘Who We Are’.
Family & Personal Life
  • Alisan Porter has said on the record that she had struggled from drugs and alcohol addiction for many years. She added though that she has been sober since 2007.
  • She had dated a fellow actor named Brian Autenrieth for some time before getting married to him in 2012. The couple had two children together. But in late 2017, Alisan announced that the couple has separated but are good friends.
  • Alisan also happens to be a regular contributor for the ‘movmnt’ magazine, for which she writes columns on different issues. She also runs a Facebook page and a website by the name ‘Li’l Mamas’.
  • When asked about her not very successful acting career, Alisan said that ‘making music is my calling’.

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