Veteran actress Rosetta LeNoire, who celebrated her 83rd birthday on August 8, has a career that spans over 65 years. She began as a chorus girl at age 15 with her godfather Bill Bojangles Robinson and made her Broadway debut in 1939 in Mike Todd's production The Hot Mikado. She also starred in such Broadway productions as A Streetcar Named Desire, Blues for Mr. Charlie, The Sunshine Boys, Sophie, God's Favorite, Destry Rides Again, I Had a Ball, and most recenty, You Can't Take It With You. Her off-Broadway credits include Cabin in the Sky and Lady Day. On television, she appeared in the specials Benny's Place, You Can't Take It With You, and Big Blonde. Additionally, she was a series regular on such programs as Gimme a Break, Amen, Search for Tomorrow and Another World, among others. Her motion picture credits include Moscow on the Hudson, The Sunshine Boys, Daniel, Playing for Keeps, Broadway and Brewster's Millions. In 1968, Ms. LeNoire founded the Amas Repertory Theatre, her own musical theatre for which she has served as Artistic Director since its inception. She has been honored with the Pierre Toussaint Medallion (1985) and a Champion of the Arts Award (1990) by the New York Foundation of the Arts.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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