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Eartha Kitt

(b. 1927)

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Barry Gray

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 1925, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, d. 26 April 1984, Guernsey, Channel Islands, Britain. A true ‘backroom boy’ of the music business, Gray’s name will be familiar to television...

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Bart Howard

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B. Howard Joseph Gustafson, 1 June 1915, Burlington, Iowa, USA, d. 21 February 2004, Carmel, New York, USA. While still a young teenager, Howard left home to play piano in ...

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black theatre

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

In Britain

Although a few black actors and playwrights had been at work in Britain since early in the twentieth century (Kobina Sekeye's The Blinkards was published in 1907) and ...

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Blue Lu Barker

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Louise Dupont, 13 December 1913, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 May 1998, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Barker began her career as a dancer and singer in New Orleans ...

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Carol Burnett

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(1933– ).

Stage, television, and film performer. The beloved red-headed, loudmouthed comedienne was a star on Broadway before finding wider fame on television. Burnett was born in...

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Carolyn Leigh

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(1926–1983).

Stage and television lyricist. A vivacious songwriter with a buoyant sense of wordplay, she contributed lyrics to a handful of tuneful Broadway shows. Leigh was born...

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Cicely Tyson

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(b. 19 December 1933), actor.

Three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson was an actress, humanitarian, and activist. She was a woman who exuded strength and dignity and personified...

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Connie Francis

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B. Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, 12 December 1938, Newark, New Jersey, USA. A popular singer of tearful ballads and jaunty up-tempo numbers, Francis was one of the most successful female...

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Dancers and Choreographers, Early

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The contribution of African American dancers and choreographers to dance is inestimable. They have been a fundamental force in the shaping of modern dance in America.

The Early...

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Danny Williams

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B. 7 January 1942, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, d. 6 December 2005. Williams started singing professionally at the age of 13 and was spotted by producer Norman Newell when touring ...

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