Lola Falana

Actor + Dancer and Model
Born Sep 11, 1942

Lola Falana is an American singer, dancer, and actress.

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1942 Birth Born in 1942.


1964 22 Years Old While dancing in a nightclub, Falana was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr., who gave her a featured role in his 1964 Broadway musical Golden Boy. … Read More
1966 24 Years Old In 1966 Davis cast her, along with himself, Ossie Davis, and Cicely Tyson, in her first film role in the film, A Man Called Adam.
1967 25 Years Old Falana became a major star of Italian cinema beginning in 1967. … Read More
1969 27 Years Old In 1969 Falana ended her close working relationship with Sammy Davis Jr., though the two remained friends. "If I didn't break away," Lola told TV Guide, "I would always be known as the little dancer with Sammy Davis Jr.... … Read More
1970 28 Years Old In 1970, Falana made her American film debut in The Liberation of L.B. Jones and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress for her performance. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old From 1971 to 1975, Lola Falana was married to Feliciano “Butch” Tavares, one of five brothers of the popular R&B band Tavares. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old She was the first supporting player hired by Bill Cosby for his much-anticipated variety hour, The New Bill Cosby Show, which made its debut on September 11, 1972 (her 30th birthday) on CBS. … Read More
1975 33 Years Old In 1975 her disco record "There's A Man Out There Somewhere" reached #67 on the Billboard R&B chart. … Read More


1987 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Soon after the show was cancelled in 1987, she suffered a major setback; a relapse of multiple sclerosis. … Read More


1995 53 Years Old In 1995 she recorded the pro-life song "Don't Cry, Mary" with Catholic artist Joseph Lee Hooker.
1996 54 Years Old After another bout with multiple sclerosis in 1996, Falana returned to Philadelphia and lived with her parents for a short time. … Read More
1997 55 Years Old Her last known musical performance was in 1997, at Wayne Newton's theater in Branson, Missouri.
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