The Fabulous Leslie Uggams!


Somewhere between Lena and Babs.

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  1. And a touch of Ella, too - she's stunning! Miss Uggams celebrates her 70th birthday this year... Jx

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  2. It seems to me she was the one who made the sensation on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour. I remember this young thing singing like crazy and we all loved her.

    I bet George MacRae could work that chiffon just as well as she does!

    BrianB

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  3. How terrif! She really is an underappreciated gem.

    One of the sad things about my recent foray in a biography of Miss Horne was learning how very much she disliked (and was pretty c*nty to) the younger stars - Barbara McNair, Diahann Carroll, Uggams, et al - whom she thought were riding her formidable coattails.

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    1. I always imagined Miss Horne was a bit of a bitch - a fabulous bitch, but a bitch nonetheless. And let's not get started with Miss Dinah Washington... Jx

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    2. Not to mention Pearl Bailey.

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    3. Oh, that's exactly how all divas should be. But Miss Uggams is a sensation in her own right and I suspect she might be charming in real life.

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  4. Wonderfully syncronized Safety Gays, Red Chiffon, Babs hairdo, not much more to ask for.

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  5. I have had the grand honor to work with Leslie Uggams and she is without a doubt one of the nicest people in the business. She is kind, brilliant, hysterically funny,and always looking to "make it better." After 46 years, she is still with the same man, which says a great deal. If you have a chance, go see her in her award-wining show Uptown/Downtown Show at the Appollo Theater (where she started) in March.

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  6. Fascinatin! I remember seeing Miss Uggam's in the pre-Broadway Jerry's Girls at the Schubert in Chicago - the image of her walking down a staircase in a beaded gown (with the sounds of the beads hitting the stairs) and then singing "Who's that Boy with the Bugle" is one of my all time favorite memories.

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    1. How cool! I remember when that played here!

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