Lola Falana
American actor, dancer and model
Lola Falana
Lola Falana is an American singer, dancer, and actress.
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OFFBEAT: Crown Point filmmakers busy with independent movie filming in Valpo ... - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Movie director Brian De Palma and singer Lola Falana are 71. Singer Jack Ely of The Kingsmen and drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead are 68. Guitarist Leo Kottke is 66. Chicago actress Amy Madigan is 61. Guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx and sports
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Estate Tranese 2011. Anni 60 70... Trani l'ombelico del mondo - Trani News
Google News - over 5 years
e bellezze che hanno fatto sognare un'intera generazione come le gemelle Kessler e Lola Falana. Ci saranno alcune "chicche" con foto dei campionati di sci nautico (Trani vanta una campionessa italiana) e copiose immagini di selezione di Miss Trani
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Calibro 35, musica urbana anni '70 - Corriere del Mezzogiorno
Google News - over 5 years
Nel 2009 registrano una versione di Tutta donna, originariamente interpretato da Lola Falana, con la voce di Georgeanne Kalweit. Il loro legame con l'arte del cinema viene sigillato con la partecipazione, con musiche originali, alla colonna sonora del
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WBTT's Soul Crooners A Knockout! - Weekly Challenger
Google News - over 5 years
I've seen many a musical performance in my day going all the way back to Golden Boy starring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Lola Falana, but never have I been so moved as I was while watching Soul Crooners. Perhaps, it was because I recognized every one of the
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Rimini - Verucchio spara i Calibro 35 - Romagna Noi
Google News - over 5 years
Nel 2009 registrano una versione di Tutta donna, originariamente interpretato da Lola Falana, con la voce di Georgeanne Kalweit. Il loro legame con l'arte del cinema viene sigillato con la partecipazione, con musiche originali, alla colonna sonora del
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Medjugorge : retour sur les précédentes guérisons miraculeuses /part 1 - Le Post
Google News - over 5 years
Lola Falana est l'actrice populaire, chanteuse, danseur et danseuse qui, au printemps de 1967 avait quitté Las Vegas pour venir chanter danser dans les événements les plus importants de la télévision italienne et est rapidement devenu l'idole de
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PC Costco: Where They Eat With No Shame - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Meaning, if the pizza is Wayne, then the other stuff is the food equivalent of Lola Falana, Joey Heatherton, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. All good, but appetizers nonetheless. Anyway, on this particular day, I sampled a couple of crackers covered
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Ballerini di prima fila - di Robi C. - Maria de Filippi
Google News - almost 6 years
... ma per Juri serve anche l'aiuto di Gianni...; dopo uno scatenato Can can Garrison propone un'altra coreografia storica: il celebre (ma per i più grandicelli) "Testa spalla", portato in tv dalla coppia Don Lurio - Lola Falana; Tina si produce in una
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Henry LeTang, Master of Tap, Dies at 91
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Henry LeTang, a master dancer, teacher and Tony-winning choreographer who for three-quarters of a century taught the leading lights of Broadway and Hollywood how to tap dance, often with show-stopping results, died last Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 91 and was active until shortly before his death. Mr. LeTang died in his sleep, his son Henry Jr.
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He Bent Over Backward, for This?; Limbo King of 60's Says He'll Sell Mementos to Pay Rent
NYTimes - over 13 years
The Limbo King still lives in Greenwich Village, in the same one-bedroom apartment on Bedford Street he has had since 1966. His hundreds of faded playbills and press clippings are reminders of how he moved to New York from Trinidad in 1959, thrilled New York society with his exotic routine and helped popularize the limbo as a dance craze in the
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George Barrie, 90, Songwriter, Producer and Fabergé Executive
NYTimes - about 14 years
George Barrie, an executive who not only created the men's fragrance Brut but also produced movies and received two Oscar nominations for his songwriting, died last Saturday in Aventura, Fla., where he lived. He was 90. A former owner and chief executive of Fabergé, the perfume and hair-care company, Mr. Barrie was a pioneer in using celebrities
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CABARET REVIEW; A Woman of Many Faces, Not to Mention Outfits and Wigs
NYTimes - over 16 years
When she was a child growing up in South Carolina, Queen Esther recalls in her autobiographical cabaret show, ''Queen Esther: Unemployed Superstar,'' she dreamed of becoming a slinky Las Vegas entertainer like Lola Falana and being a guest star on ''The Mike Douglas Show.'' Evoking that era, she dons a copper-colored wig and an evening gown to
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No Longer the Punch-Line State; Lauryn Hill, the Sopranos and others are unapologetic New Jerseyans.
NYTimes - almost 18 years
NEW YORK, let me take you out to New Jersey and bring New Jersey back,'' the most popular woman in hip-hop shouted to the sold-out Madison Square Garden theater on March 24. It was an invitation Harrison Ford doesn't hear every day. Indiana Jones had come to see Lauryn Hill that night, as did Starr Jones (no relation), Natalie Portman, Casey
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Jesse Hill Ford, 66, a Novelist Who Wrote of Race Relations
NYTimes - over 20 years
Jesse Hill Ford, the novelist whose haunting examination of the destructive relations between the races in his native South helped sow the seeds of destruction of his own acclaimed literary career, took his life on Saturday at his home in Nashville. He was 66 and had undergone open heart surgery six weeks ago. His friend and biographer, Anne
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Madmen of Style
NYTimes - over 22 years
There are two basic options in male attire: there's taste, and there's tasty. Taste is easy. Take something old (a vintage garbardine shirt), something new (an RRL gabardine shirt, the one without the thrift shop stains), something borrowed (Joan of Arc wore khakis) and something blue (Levi's), and any man can be married to taste -- safe, classic,
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William Alexander, Producer Featuring Blacks, Dies at 75
NYTimes - about 25 years
William D. Alexander, a pioneer in black film making, died on Nov. 19 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was 75 years old and lived in Los Angeles. He died of cancer, said Harriet Barton, a friend. Mr. Alexander began his career in film at the All-American Newsreel Corporation in Washington. In 1945, he moved to New York City and organized the
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TV Weekend; American Indian Dancers and Sammy Davis Tribute
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: Except for music-awards shows, performance specials are rare on television these days. But this weekend is featuring two first-rate productions, each very different from the other. Tonight at 9 on Channel 13, ''Great Performances'' is presenting ''American Indian Dance Theater: Finding the Circle. Except for music-awards shows, performance
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Lou Rawls Telethon
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: The ''Lou Rawls Parade of Stars,'' an annual telethon with the pop singer as host, will be televised tomorrow, beginning at 8 P.M. on Channel 11. The seven-hour telethon, the 10th such broadcast, raises money for the United Negro College Fund. The broadcast, which will originate from locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, will feature
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NBC MOVES FOR ACQUITTAL IN NEWTON LAWSUIT
NYTimes - about 30 years
Both sides have rested their cases in the singer Wayne Newton's defamation suit against NBC, and a lawyer has asked the presiding judge to acquit the network. In seeking a directed verdict of acquittal Thursday, Floyd Abrams, an attorney for NBC, said there had been a ''total failure of proof'' of the entertainer's claim. Earlier Thursday, Mr.
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ENTERTAINER'S MANAGER TELLS JURY OF HIS FEAR OF MOBSTERS
NYTimes - over 30 years
The business manager for Wayne Newton, the entertainer, testified today that he feared for his own life as well as Mr. Newton's family after a business arrangement deteriorated, and that he became entangled with crime figures when he took action to halt the threats. The testimony came in Mr. Newton's multimillion-dollar defamation suit against
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lola Falana
    FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 54
    Her last known musical performance was in 1997, at Wayne Newton's theater in Branson, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details In "a Different World", Whitley Gilbert makes numerous references to Lola Falana throughout the 6 seasons. The SCTV character “Lola Heatherton,” played by Catherine O'Hara, was derived from the first name of Lola Falana and the last name of Joey Heatherton. In Barbershop 2: Back in Business, barber Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) admonishes his boss Calvin (Ice Cube) for making him take down his picture of Lola Falana from the wall of his booth. In Family Matters, Eddie (Darius McCrary) wants new high-tops that cost $70, but Carl (Reginald VelJohnson) "would not pay $70 for shoes if Lola Falana was in them." Niecy Nash's inspiration
  • 1996
    Age 53
    After another bout with multiple sclerosis in 1996, Falana returned to Philadelphia and lived with her parents for a short time.
    More Details Hide Details No longer performing, she now tours the country with a message of hope and spirituality. When not on tour, she lives a quiet life in Las Vegas working on the apostolate she founded, The Lambs of God Ministry. The ministry is focused on helping children who have been orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa, and works closely with the group Save Sub-Saharan Orphans.
  • 1995
    Age 52
    In 1995 she recorded the pro-life song "Don't Cry, Mary" with Catholic artist Joseph Lee Hooker.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 44
    Though she performed again in Las Vegas shows in 1987, her practice of religion and faith became the center of her life.
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    In 1987, Falana suffered a major setback; a relapse of multiple sclerosis.
    More Details Hide Details Falana's relapse was severe; her left side was paralyzed, she became partially blind, and her voice and hearing were impaired. Recovery lasted a year and a half, during which she spent most of her time praying. Falana attributes her recovery to a spiritual experience which she described as "Being able to feel the presence of the Lord." She converted to Roman Catholicism and worked her newly found spirituality into her daily life.
  • 1983
    Age 40
    In 1983, Falana was appearing at Bally's hotel and casino in Atlantic City and, while playing baccarat, won a minority stake in the New York Mets, a stake she held until she sold it in 1988 for 14 million dollars to Frank Cashen.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 32
    In 1975 her disco record "There's A Man Out There Somewhere" reached #67 on the Billboard R&B chart.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she returned to Broadway as the lead in the musical Doctor Jazz. Although the production closed after just five performances, Lola was nominated for a Tony Award and won the 1975 Theater World Award. With help from Sammy Davis, Falana brought her act to Las Vegas and became a top draw there. By the late 1970s, she was considered the Queen of Las Vegas. She played to sold-out crowds at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. Finally The Aladdin offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Falana was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas. Her show ran twenty weeks a year and became a major tourist attraction. While still playing to sell-out crowds in Las Vegas, Falana joined the cast of a short-lived CBS soap opera, Capitol, as Charity Blake, a wealthy entertainment mogul.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cosby had met Falana in his college days, when he was a struggling comic and she was a 14-year-old dancing for $10 a show in Philadelphia nightclubs. Throughout the mid-1970s Falana made guest appearances on many popular TV shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Muppet Show, Laugh-In and The Flip Wilson Show. She also starred in her own television specials.
  • 1971
    Age 28
    From 1971 to 1975, Falana was married to Feliciano “Butch” Tavares Jr., one of five brothers of the popular R&B/Soul vocal band Tavares.
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  • 1970
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year she posed for Playboy magazine. She was the first black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely at blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads. In those early years, she also starred in a few movies considered to be of the blaxploitation genre. She appeared at the Val Air Ballroom sponsored by Black Pride, Inc., in 1978. American TV audiences became familiar with Falana during the early 1970s. She often appeared on The Joey Bishop Show and The Hollywood Palace, displaying her talent for music, dance, and light comedy. These appearances led to more opportunities.
  • 1969
    Age 26
    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....
    More Details Hide Details I wanted to be known as something more." The previous year, Sammy Davis Jr. was divorced by his second wife, May Britt, after Davis admitted to having had an affair with Falana.
  • 1967
    Age 24
    Falana became a major star of Italian cinema beginning in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details In Italy she learned to speak fluent Italian while starring in three movies, the first of which was considered a spaghetti western. She was known as the "Black Venus". During this time she was busy touring with Davis as a singer and dancer, making films in Italy, and reprising her role in Golden Boy during its revival in London.
  • 1966
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 22
    Her first single, "My Baby", was recorded for Mercury Records in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Later in her career she recorded under Frank Sinatra's record label. In the late 1960s Falana was mentored by Davis.
  • 1964
    Age 21
    Her first dancing gig was at "Small's Paradise" in Harlem. Dinah Washington, the “Queen of Blues”, was influential in fostering Lola’s early career. 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1942.
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