Francine Everett, African-American actress and singer best known for performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.
Ladies of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (April 1917 - June Billie Holiday (April 1915 - June Thelma Carpenter (January 1922 - May Lena Horne (June 1917 - May Sarah Vaughan (March 1924 - April Pearl Bailey (March 1918 - August
Thelma Carpenter standby to Miss Pearl Bailey Ms.Carpenter played Sunday matinees during Pearl Bailey’s run in Dolly and also served as the standby for all others performances. She went on over 100 times during the all black company’s run, at one point going on for every performance for four weeks straight!
The formidable Beah Richards began her career in film during the Her first significant role came in the iconic 1959 race drama, Take A Giant Step starring opposite Ruby Dee, Frederick O'Neal, and Johnny Nash. She attended Dillard University
Eartha Kitt -Eartha Mae Kitt was an American singer, actress, dancer and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit recordings of “C'est Si Bon”.
Marion Harris – was an American popular singer. She was the first widely known white singer to sing jazz and blues songs. Her death came at age 38 when she fell asleep smoking in her hotel room and a fire erupted.