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Dee Dee Bridgewater

Birth Place: Memphis, TN, USA

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Dee Dee Bridgewater is a Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz singer, actress, and radio host. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1950, Bridgewater grew up in Flint, Michigan, where she began singing in church choirs and studying piano and clarinet. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied theater and music, and later moved to New York City to pursue a career in entertainment.

Bridgewater made her Broadway debut in 1970 in the musical "The Me Nobody Knows." She went on to appear in several other Broadway productions, including "Black Ballad," "The Wiz," and "Sophisticated Ladies," for which she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1982. She also appeared in the London production of "Lady Day" in 1986, a one-woman show about the life of Billie Holiday.

In addition to her theater work, Bridgewater has released over 20 albums as a jazz vocalist. Her debut album, "Afro Blue," was released in 1974 and was a critical and commercial success. She has since released several albums that have earned her Grammy Awards, including "Dear Ella," a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and "Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee," a tribute to Billie Holiday.

Bridgewater has also collaborated with a number of other musicians throughout her career, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Max Roach. She has performed at jazz festivals and venues around the world, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl.

In addition to her work as a performer, Bridgewater has also worked as a radio host. She hosted the National Public Radio series "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater" from 2001 to 2014, which featured live recordings of jazz performances from around the world.

Bridgewater has also appeared in several films and television shows throughout her career. She had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the early 1990s, and has also appeared in films such as "The Cotton Club" and "Round Midnight."

Most recently, Bridgewater released the album "Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready" in 2017, which pays tribute to her hometown and features covers of songs by Memphis musicians such as B.B. King and Otis Redding. She also appeared in the film "Bolden," a biopic about jazz musician Buddy Bolden, which was released in 2019.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Little Shubert Theatre Revival, 2013
Billie Holiday

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1982
Featured Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Geneva Lee Browne

Geneva Lee Browne

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Glinda

Glinda

Aunt Em (Understudy) [Replacement]

Aunt Em (Understudy)

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1935
Lady of the Ensemble


Dee Dee Bridgewater Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lady Day


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Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

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Dee Dee Bridgewater FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Dee Dee Bridgewater been in?

Dee Dee Bridgewater has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Dee Dee Bridgewater been in?

Dee Dee Bridgewater has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Dee Dee Bridgewater been nominated for?

Dee Dee Bridgewater has been nominated for the Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Lady Day" and for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Wiz."

What awards has Dee Dee Bridgewater won?

Dee Dee Bridgewater won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role in The Wiz.

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