From New York Times.com - EDUCATIONTheater Grows From a Love of Acting NY Times
BEFORE motherhood, Melody Libonati was an actress, with a part on the soap opera "One Life to Live" (she was Samantha Vernon), stints on Broadway (Sandy in the traveling company of "Grease") and big commercials: Dawn detergent, Comet cleanser, Campbell's soup, and a memorable advertisement for AT&T.
For that last one, she said, "I was standing on my head in a lotus position talking on the phone...
As an actor, Christian Libonati admits taking direction from his older sister --and his Mom—is "not always easy." "But I've been able to work around that," he says, "because in the final analysis I trust the theatrical judgment of both of them."
At 29 sis is Allegra Libonati, five years older than her kid brother and the director of Summer Theatre of New Canaan's upcoming production of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" in Waveny.