TONIA BERN-CAMPBELL, who has won international acclaim as both an actress and a singer, was born in Belgium. She spent her childhood in her father's Five Star hotel and famed night club, The Carlton. At the age of 13, she went to study acting and music at the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels and won her first stage success in Paris at age 16. Tonia went on to headline in such places as Carnegie Hall, the Savoy in London, in Monte Carlo and Las Vegas.
While appearing at the Savoy in London, she was approached by Jack Benny to guest on his TV show, which was followed by a film in Paris with Maurice Chevalier. Next came a stage production in Italy, for which she won the Passerella d'Oro Award for best musical performance. Returning to London, she starred on stage in the play, CONSCIENCE AND DESIRE, and was cited thusly by the Daily Mail: "Tonia positively oozes charm and not a little sex".
She then appeared with John Ireland in the motion picture, THE OUTSIDER, followed on the screen by KEEP IT CLEAN, with Ronald Shiner, and THE FLAW, with John Bentley.
With the help and encouragement of Maurice Chevalier, Tonia came out of retirement and she resumed her career with a U.S. tour. An appearance on the Johnny Carson Show was followed by a concert tour as guest star with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. She has since played the top theatres and supper clubs of the world, from Hong Kong to Johannesburg, from Oslo to Rome. She guested several times in London on TV's Benny Hill Show, the Val Doonigan Show, and for a time had her own radio program, TONIA'S WORLD, on BBC.
A key factor in this versatile artiste's appeal has always been her stage presence, summed up as "electric" by London's leading theatre critic, Milton Shulman. This quality, combined with her talent for writing original material, won for her a whole new theatre-going public when the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica presented her in her own one-woman show, THE LIVING IS EASY. Her subsequent success reinforced her decision to pursue her career in America, and make her permanent home in Southern California.
Since 1996 she has lived in her villa overlooking Lake Gregory. She has written several one-woman shows consisting of comedy and songs, and performed them successfully receiving great reviews.
Today, Tonia is working regularly performing her shows. In 2002, she was awarded The Desert Theater League Star Award for her show at Palm Springs Racquet Club Theater. And now, in her own words…"the show goes on and on and on…"