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De Passe, Suzanne (1948–)

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DE PASSE, SUZANNE (1948–). Producer, writer. Born in Harlem , New York , she attended Manhattan High School and Syracuse University . She was a booking agent for a New York theater when Motown Records founder Berry Gordy offered her a job as his creative assistant. Having a keen eye for talent, she is credited with bringing The Jackson 5 and the Commodores to the label. De Passe received an Oscar nomination for best script for co-writing Lady Sings the Blues , 1972. She became the head of the film and television division of Motown Productions and her effort garnered many awards. Her Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever , 1983, won several Emmy Awards, and the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove , won a total of seven Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. She also produced biopics, such as The Jacksons: An American Dream , 1992, and the docudrama based on the famed Motown singing group The Temptations , 1999. She runs her own company, de Passe Entertainment, which produced the Warner Brothers shows Sister, Sister , and The Smart Guy . Her company also produces Showtime at the Apollo , and the NAACP Image Awards telecasts, and the Essence Awards . She is a former Time/Warner endowed chair at Howard University ’s Department of Radio, Television, and Film.

Filmography: Lonesome Dove , 1989; Bridesmaids , 1989; Class Act , 1992; The Jacksons: An American Dream , 1992; Someone Else’s Child , 1994; Buffalo Girls , 1995; Streets of Laredo , 1995; Dead Man’s Walk , 1996; The Temptations , 1998; Chains , 1999; Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century , 1999; The Loretta Clairborne Story , 2000; Cheaters , 2000; Zenon: The Zequel , 2001; Zenon: Z3 , 2004.

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