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Leslie Uggams Biography

 
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen to television. Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's Roots, Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and ... (read complete bio)
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Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen to television. Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's Roots, Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and ... (read complete bio)

Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen to television. Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's Roots, Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and popular acclaim ever since her first professional appearances at the age of nine at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City. There she opened for such musical legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. Now, after six decades on stage and screen, she is a legend in her own right. She is on the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theater; was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut; and is also the recipient of an American Artist Award from Arena Stage in Washington, DC.

Leslie Uggams Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Leslie UggamsOn Golden Pond
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Leslie Uggams, King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Leslie Uggams , King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Leslie Uggams , Hallelujah, Baby!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1967 - Best New Personalities Gold Star
Leslie Uggams, Hallelujah, Baby!
 
Theatre World Awards - 1967 - Performance Gold Star
Leslie Uggams, Hallelujah, Baby!