Rosetta LeNoire

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Rosetta LeNoire

Born

8/8/1911, New York City, New York

Died

3/17/2002

Birth Name

Rosetta Olive Burton

Gender

Female
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Biography

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When she was 15, she was a "Time Stepper" performer with her godfather, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. In 1939 she made her Broadway debut with him in "The Hot Mikado" Since 1968 Miss Lenoire has been artistic director of her own musical theater, the AMAS Repertory Theater, Inc., a…more

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  • Trivia

    • Starred on the show Family Matters for eight seasons

    • Her father was one of the first licensed plumbers in New York State.

    • She plays the piano.

    • Height
      5' 2" (1.57 m)
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      Spouse:
      Egbert Brown (13 May 1948 - ?) (his death) 1 child--
      William LeNoire (27 September 1929 - 7 May 1943) (divorced) 1 child

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      Founder and artistic director of the AMAS Musical Theater and Repretory Company.--

      Her godfather was Bill Robinson, the tap dancer known as Bojangles.--

      In 1988, the Actors' Equity Association created an award, named after LeNoire, to be given annually to theaters or producers that notably hire ethnic minorities to play non-traditional roles.--

      She lived at the Actors' Fund Nursing and Retirement Home in Englewood, N.J., after spending most of her life in the Bronx, New York City.--

      Goddaughter of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.--

      She made her Broadway debut in 1939 in "The Hot Mikado," an all-black version of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta.--

      Because she suffered from rickets when she was seven, doctors broke her legs in order to reset them. Her "Uncle Bill" (Bojangles Robinson) helped her recover by teaching her to dance.--

      She was the first recipient of what became the Actors' Equity annual award for broadening participation in theater. The award was named for her.--

      Studied piano with entertainer Eubie Blake.--

      Son, William, two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.--

      First appeared on Broadway in 1939's "Hot Mikado," starring Bojangles Robinson. LeNoire played "Peep-Bo," one of the three little maids.--

      Was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1999.--

      Was a Broadway producer.--

      She took care of James Earl Jones when he was an infant, while she was a member of his father's acting troupe.--

      Her father was one of the first licensed plumbers in New York State.--

      Was directed by Orson Welles in a landmark, all-black version of "Macbeth" in the 1930s.--

      Suffered from rickets as a child and had to wear leg braces for 13 years.--

      Her mother died of pneumonia at age 27 after giving birth to her brother in a Harlem hospital corridor because segregated policies barred her from using a room.--

      Husband Egbert Brown, who owned a fleet of cabs, died in 1974.--

      suffered from diabetes for many years.

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