Canada Lee
American politician
Canada Lee
Canada Lee was an American actor who pioneered roles for African Americans. A champion of civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s, he died shortly before he was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He became an actor after careers as a jockey, boxer, and musician. Lee furthered the African-American tradition in theater pioneered by such actors as Paul Robeson. Lee is the father of actor Carl Lee.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Launch Global Listening Party for New Album I'm With You - Newsday (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Here is the event schedule for the Global Listening Party launching at redhotchilipeppers.com London, England @ Zigfrid: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST Toronto, Canada @ Lee's Palace: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST New York, NY @ House Of Vans: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
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Moviecity exhibe ciclo dedicado a Alfred Hitchcock en su señal Citystars - TransMedia.cl
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“Náufragos” (Lifeboat): Protagonizada por Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Hume Cronyn, Mary Anderson, Henry Hull, William Bendix, Canada Lee y Heather Angel, esta película que recibió tres nominaciones a los premios Oscar transcurre en un bote
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[Editorial] Lackluster investigation - The Korea Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Referring to Park Tae-gyu, a key lobbyist for Busan Savings Bank who has escaped to Canada, Lee asked his aides, “Which is the case ― Is the prosecution really unable to bring him here or is it just unwilling to do so?” As neither lawmakers nor
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TOMMY LEE Won't Be 'Dancing With The Stars' - Aug. 2, 2011 - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
According to a new tweet from MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, he was just offered a spot on the next season of "Dancing With The Stars", a reality show which airs on ABC in the United States and CTV in Canada. Lee writes, "I've never hit the PASS button
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T. rex specimen is a coup for Casper College's Tate Geological Museum - Casper Star-Tribune Online
Google News - over 5 years
Every book you've read about T. rex, every movie you've seen, has been based on just about 50 discovered specimens, most of them in Montana, South Dakota and Canada. Lee is the seventh Tyrannosaurus rex unearthed in Wyoming, and none of those are more
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Enova Financial Promotes Fred Lee to Senior Director of Information Technology - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The Chicago-based online subsidiary of Cash America International, Inc. (NYSE: CSH) employs 825+ team members and has served more than 1.6 million customers in the US, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Lee, 37, joined Enova in 2008 to serve as
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US Government Wants Randy Quaid - CFJC TV Kamloops
Google News - over 5 years
American prosecutors are taking steps to request the extradition of actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi from Canada. Lee Carter with the district attorney's office in Santa Barbara, California, says the office has asked the US Department of Justice
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Kitsap Briefs: Junior rodeo this weekend - Kitsap Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Silverdale's Erynne Lee tied for fourth in a Canadian Women's Tour event at the Beloeil Golf Club in Quebec, Canada. Lee shot a 1-under 70 on Wednesday and finished with a 143 total, five back of winner Katy Harris of the United States
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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated] - Los Angeles Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
[Update 3: BOSTON -- The time-honored procedure of makeup of the minstrel was reversed recently by Negro actor Canada Lee who made up in "whiteface" for his part as Daniel De Bosola in the revived Elizabethan drama "The Duchess of Malfi
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Lee 'Memphis' King and PJ Proby head to The Brindley in Runcorn - Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
Google News - almost 6 years
Named the best Elvis tribute artist in the world at the 2005 Collingwood Elvis Festival in Canada, Lee 'Memphis' King will recreate the legend's iconic Vegas years at the Runcorn venue on Friday, June 24. Born in Wrexham, Lee has been obsessed with
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ShoeDazzle Walks Away With $40 Million from Andreessen Horowitz - All Things Digital (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Today, it operates in the US and Canada. Lee also expects to grow the size of the company from its current base of 135 employees. A “tiny” amount of the round was used to cash out the stock of the founders, Lee said. Lee previously co-founded
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Civil Rights Movement Comes to Life in Second Life Simulation - Newswise (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
He also is the co-author of “Blacklist: Investigating the Life of Canada Lee,” an independent film selected for presentation at the Angelika Film Center's Independent Feature Project Market in 2008. He has developed nine computer games,
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Une femme de C.-B. veut faire décriminaliser le suicide assisté au Canada - The Canadian Press
Google News - almost 6 years
VANCOUVER — Une femme de Colombie-Britannique qui avait accompagné en Suisse sa mère atteinte d'une maladie incurable afin qu'elle puisse obtenir l'aide d'un médecin pour mettre fin à ses jours relance le débat sur le suicide assisté au Canada. Lee
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Lawsuit to legalize assisted suicide filed in BC - CBC.ca
Google News - almost 6 years
A BC woman who escorted her ill 89-year-old mother on a trip to end her life in Switzerland last year is challenging the law that makes the same act a criminal offence in Canada. Lee Carter and her husband filed a suit in BC Supreme Court Tuesday
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What's On Today
NYTimes - about 7 years
8 P.M. (CBS) YES, VIRGINIA After a playground bully spoils her illusion, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon heads to New York City with her friend Ollie to search for verification that Santa Claus does exist. Her exploration inspires her to write a letter, above, to The New York Sun, where, after a little persuasion, the editor Frances P. Church responds
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LETTER; The Ones Who Came First
NYTimes - about 8 years
To the Editor: This insightful look at actors and their influence on the election of President Obama does not go back far enough. The theater and film career of Canada Lee, a terrific actor and theatrical producer, laid the groundwork for those to follow. And before Lee there was Charles Gilpin in the Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's
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RITUALS; When 'Home for the Holidays' Involves Two Homes
NYTimes - about 9 years
THE white-on-green names slip past the car on my habitual route from Boston to my family holidays in Canada. Lee and Concord in New Hampshire. White River Junction, Burlington and Swanton in Vermont. The Quebec farm towns of Philipsburg and Iberville. Then I reach Pont Champlain, the bridge spanning the St. Lawrence, and see the searchlight on the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Canada Lee
    FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 44
    Lee died of a heart attack at the age of 45 on May 9, 1952, in New York City.
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  • 1951
    Age 43
    In March 1951, Lee married Frances Pollack.
    More Details Hide Details They remained together until he died just over a year later.
  • 1950
    Age 42
    At the height of the Hollywood blacklist, Lee managed to find work in 1950 as the star of a British film Cry, The Beloved Country, for which both he and Sidney Poitier were smuggled into South Africa as indentured servants in order to play their roles as African ministers.
    More Details Hide Details During filming, Lee had his first heart attack, and he never fully recovered his health. The film’s message of universal brotherhood stands as Lee's final work towards this aim. Being on the Hollywood blacklist prevented him from getting further work. Scheduled to appear in Italy to begin production on a filmed version of Othello, he was repeatedly notified that his passport "remained under review". Lee was reportedly to star as Bigger Thomas in the Argentine version of Native Son but was replaced in the role by Richard Wright, author of the novel, when Lee had to withdraw.
  • 1949
    Age 41
    In 1949, the trade journal Variety stated that under no circumstance was Lee to be used in American Tobacco’s televised production of a radio play he had recently starred in because he was "too controversial".
    More Details Hide Details The same year, the FBI offered to clear Lee’s name if he would publicly call Paul Robeson a communist. Lee refused and responded by saying, "All you’re trying to do is split my race." According to newspaper columnist Walter Winchell, Lee stated that he intended to come out and "publicly blast Paul Robeson." However, the fact that the friendship between the two actors remained until Lee's death suggests that Robeson put no faith in Winchell's claim.
    In 1949, he took another supporting role in Lost Boundaries, a drama about passing.
    More Details Hide Details Lee's last film role was in Cry, the Beloved Country (1951). As an actor, Lee came into contact with many of the leading progressive figures in the country. Langston Hughes, for instance, wrote two brief plays for Lee; these were submitted to the Theater Project, but their criticism of racism in America was deemed too controversial, and neither was staged. Lee spoke to schools, sponsored various humanitarian events, and began speaking directly against the existing segregation in America's armed forces, while simultaneously acknowledging the need to win World War II. To this latter end, he appeared at numerous USO events; he won an award from the United States Recruiting Office and another from the Treasury Department for his help in selling war bonds. These sentiments would carry on throughout his life, culminating in his early firsthand account of apartheid in South Africa.
  • 1948
    Age 40
    In 1948 Lee played his last stage role, that of a devoted slave in Set My People Free, Dorothy Heyward's drama based on the aborted 1822 slave revolt led by Denmark Vesey.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 39
    In 1947, he had a supporting role in Robert Rossen's Body and Soul, another boxing picture.
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  • 1946
    Age 38
    In the autumn of 1946 Lee made American theatre history when he portrayed the villain Daniel de Bosola in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi.
    More Details Hide Details Presented in Boston and on Broadway, the production marked the first time a black actor had played a white role on the stage. Lee wore a special white paste that had been used medically, to cover burns and marks, but had never before been used in the theatre.
    In 1946, Lee played a principal role in On Whitman Avenue, a drama about racial prejudice directed by Margo Jones.
    More Details Hide Details Lee produced the play, making him the first African-American producer on Broadway. The play spoke directly to the need for interracial housing following World War II and won the praise of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote weekly columns encouraging readers to see it.
  • 1945
    Age 37
    He became the first African American to play Caliban, in Margaret Webster’s 1945 Broadway rendition of The Tempest.
    More Details Hide Details Lee had admired Shakespeare since his turn in Macbeth; indeed, at the time of his death he was preparing to play Othello on film.
  • 1944
    Age 36
    Lee's successful radio career continued with New World A-Comin, which made its debut in March 1944.
    More Details Hide Details He narrated the first two seasons of the groundbreaking WMCA radio series that presented Negro history and culture to mainstream American audiences.
  • 1943
    Age 35
    In 1943, he took a lead role in a production of the race-themed drama South Pacific, directed by Lee Strasberg, concerning a cynical African-American soldier who had racially based reservations about fighting the Japanese.
    More Details Hide Details Perhaps Lee's most famous film role was in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944), in which he played the steward of a glamorous journalist (Tallulah Bankhead). Lee insisted on changing his dialogue to round out his character, which used a semi-comical dialect. He was praised for his performance.
  • 1942
    Age 34
    During World War II, Lee continued to act in plays and in films. In 1942, he played in two comedies by William Saroyan; Lee earned approving reviews despite the generally negative response to these plays.
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  • 1940
    Age 32
    Lee played the lead role in the 1940 revival of Theodore Ward's Big White Fog.
    More Details Hide Details A 1938 Federal Theatre Project production, the play was remounted by the newly created Negro Playwrights Company, founded in New York by Ward, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Theodore Browne, Richard Wright and Alain Locke. Lee became a star overnight in his ultimate stage success, Native Son (1941), an adaptation of Richard Wright's novel staged on Broadway by Orson Welles. The show was a spectacular hit for both Welles and Lee, who starred in the initial New York run, a 19-month national tour, and a second run on Broadway with accessible ticket prices. "Mr. Lee's performance is superb," wrote Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times, who called him "certainly the best Negro actor of his time, as well as one of the best actors in this country." Wright also applauded the performance, noting the contrast between Lee's affable personality and his intensity as Bigger Thomas. The sympathetic portrayal of a black man driven to murder by racial hatred brought much criticism however, especially from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and the Legion of Decency, and the ensuing pressure forced the play to close.
  • 1939
    Age 31
    In January 1939, with the end of the Federal Theatre Project, Lee won a role in Mamba's Daughters, a Broadway success that toured North America and returned to Broadway for another brief run in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Lee took a break from the road tour to make his motion picture debut in Keep Punching (1939), a film about boxing. He made his radio debut as narrator of the weekly CBS jazz series, Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm (1940–41). As that regular series came to an end, he opened a restaurant at 102 West 136th Street, Canada Lee's Chicken Coop, which offered authentic South Carolina cuisine, jazz and blues. Lee kept it going despite chronic financial difficulties.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 26
    In 1934, Lee began a love affair with publisher and peace activist Caresse Crosby, despite the threat of miscegenation laws.
    More Details Hide Details They often had lunch in uptown New York in Harlem at the then-new restaurant "Franks", where they could maintain their secret relationship. When Lee was performing in Washington, D.C., during the 1940s, the only restaurant in the city where they could eat together was an African restaurant named the Bugazi. Crosby and Lee's intimate relationship continued into the mid-1940s.
    In October 1934 Lee succeeded Rex Ingram in the Theatre Union's revival of Stevedore, which toured to Chicago, Detroit and other U.S. cities after its run on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first professional role. Lee then was cast in his first major role, that of Banquo, in the legendary Federal Theatre Project production of Macbeth (1936), adapted and directed by Orson Welles. "I never would have amounted to anything in the theatre if it hadn't been for Orson Welles," Lee recalled. "The way I looked at acting, it was interesting and it was certainly better than going hungry. But I didn't have a serious approach to it until … I bumped into Orson Welles. He was putting on a Federal Theatre production of Macbeth with Negro players and, somehow, I won the part of Banquo. He rehearsed us for six solid months, but when the play finally went on before an audience, it was right—and it was a wonderful sensation, knowing it was right. Suddenly, the theatre became important to me. I had a respect for it, for what it could say. I had the ambition—I caught it from Orson Welles—to work like mad and be a convincing actor."
    His acting career began by accident in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details While at a YMCA to apply for a job as a laborer, Lee stumbled upon an audition in progress and was recognized by playwright Augustus Smith. Lee was invited to try out, and won a supporting role in Brother Mose, directed by Frank H. Wilson. Sponsored by New York's Civil Works Administration, the show toured the boroughs, playing at community centers and city parks into the fall of the year.
  • 1933
    Age 25
    His career as a bandleader peaked in 1933 when his group played at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he opened his own small club, The Jitterbug, which he managed to operate for six months. When it closed he had no prospects, and his mother convinced him to simply get a job. Lee discovered a love for Broadway theatre during his years as a prizefighter. He remembered Show Boat as the first stage production he ever saw: "A big, tough fighter, all muscle, just sobbing," he recalled.
    He quit professional boxing in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Lee eventually lobbied for insurance, health care, financial consultation and retirement homes for fighters. "The average boxer possesses little education," he said in 1946. "If he winds up broke, he has no trade, no education and nobody to turn to." As Lee's fighting career began to wind down, he put together a small dance band that played at obscure clubs. When an old friend, sportswriter Ed Sullivan, plugged him in his new entertainment column, Lee and his group began landing better engagements.
  • 1929
    Age 21
    During his victorious 10-round bout with Andy Divodi at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 1929, Lee was dealt a blow over his right ear that detached his retina.
    More Details Hide Details With treatment his vision could have been saved, but Lee feared losing his successful career and masked his injury. In time he lost all sight in his right eye.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1927
    Age 19
    Boxing historian Donald R. Koss documents Lee having 60 bouts 1927–31, the majority of them taking place 1927–28.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times reported that Lee had some 200 professional matches and lost only about 25.
  • 1926
    Age 18
    Lee turned pro at age 19, in October 1926, and became a favorite with audiences.
    More Details Hide Details At and about, he fought as a welterweight. His boxing statistics vary due to incomplete coverage and record keeping for the sport in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • 1925
    Age 17
    In December 1925, Lee married Juanita Eugenia Waller. On November 22, 1926, they had a son, Carl Vincent Canegata, who became actor Carl Lee. The couple separated while their son was young, and they were amicably divorced in 1942.
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  • 1923
    Age 15
    Lee returned to his parents' home in Harlem in 1923 with no idea what he was going to do next.
    More Details Hide Details He considered returning to music, but an old school friend suggested that he try boxing. At one amateur match, fight announcer Joe Humphries saw the name "Canagata, Lee" on the card he was using. He tossed the card aside and instead announced "Canada Lee"—a name that Lee liked and adopted. In the amateur ring he won 90 out of 100 bouts and the national amateur lightweight title.
  • 1921
    Age 13
    In 1921, aged 14, Lee went to Saratoga Springs, New York, and began a two-year career as a jockey.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Born
    Canada Lee was born Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata on March 3, 1907, in the San Juan Hill neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details His father, James Cornelius Lionel Canegata, was born on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, and as a youth had migrated to New York, where he married Lydia Whaley Gasden. Raised by his parents in Harlem, Lee had an aptitude for music, and at age seven he began studying violin and piano with J. Rosamond Johnson at the Music School Settlement for Colored People. He made his concert debut at age 11, performing a student recital at Aeolian Hall. But after seven years of music studies, without explanation, he put away his violin and ran away from home.
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