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Moore, Melba (1945–)

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MOORE, MELBA (1945–). Singer, actress. This native of New York City studied piano and voice at the High School for Performing Arts, and earned her BA degree in music education from Montclair State College. She first came to prominence on the Broadway stage in 1969 when she replaced actress Diane Keaton in a production of the stage musical Hair. She was the first black actress to replace a white actress on Broadway and later became the first black actress to play the role of Fantine in Les Miserables in 1996. Her Tony award for best supporting actress with Purlie led to her television and recording career. She was often a performance guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , as well as The Flip Wilson Show and Top of the Pops. A string of other appearances and guest hosting opportunities led to her co hosting the variety show The Melba Moore Clifton Davis Show in 1972. Moore recorded “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which became the official African American National Anthem.

Filmography: Cotton Comes to Harlem , 1970; Pigeons , 1971; Lost in the Stars , 1974; Hair , 1979; Charlotte Forten’s Mission: Experiment in Freedom , 1985; Def by Temptation , 1990; The Fighting Temptations , 2003.

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