Basic Information About Leslie Uggams
|Celebrities › Actors
|Date of birth
|1943-05-25 (80 years old)
|Place of birth
|New York City
|United States of America
|Grahame Pratt - (16 October 1965 - present) (2 children)
|5 ft 5 in (1.664 m)
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What Movie Awards did Leslie Uggams win?
Leslie Uggams awards
|Movie / Series Name
|All Def Movie Award - Best Superhero Token Sidekick
Leslie Uggams roles
|Movie / Series
|Mama Reynolds 3 episodes, 2019-2021
|Estelle 1 episode, 2011
|The Cosby Show
|Kris Temple 1 episode, 1991
|Self 1 episode, 1999
|Leah Walker 21 episodes, 2016-2020
|Self 1 episode, 1990
|A Different World
|Dr. Eileen Redding 1 episode, 1993
|All My Children
|Rose Keefer 1 episode, 1996
|The Love Boat
|Callie Reason / ... 3 episodes, 1981-1987
|The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
|Natasha Brimstone 1 episode, 1966
|The Mod Squad
|Dina Lane 1 episode, 1972
|Marcus Welby, M.D.
|Laurie Williams 1 episode, 1974
|Tonia 1 episode, 1967
|The Carol Burnett Show
|Self 1 episode, 1971
|The Dick Cavett Show
|Self 1 episode, 1971
|The Muppet Show
|Self - Special Guest Star 1 episode, 1979
|Vivian 3 episodes, 2015
|CBS News Sunday Morning
|Self 1 episode, 2020
Leslie Uggams's Quotes
- I like to reinvent myself. I don't like to do what I did 20 years ago. I like playing against what people think of me.
Leslie Uggams: The Multi-Talented Hollywood Star Who Conquered Broadway and Television
Leslie Uggams is a name etched in the American entertainment industry for her distinctive career in show business that spans over six decades. With a net worth of $3 million, the Harlem-born actress and singer has emerged from the shadows of Broadway to illuminate the silver screen, releasing several music albums.
Net Worth Details
As of 2021, Leslie Uggams has a net worth of $3 million earned from her acting and musical career.
What is Leslie Uggams Known For?
Leslie Uggams is renowned for her theatre performances, including her portrayal of Kizzy Reynolds in television mini-series Roots. She has also made a mark in the film industry with movies like Toes to Toes and Deadpool.
Early Life and Education
Leslie was born on May 25, 1943, in New York City’s Harlem district, USA. Her father, Harold, was a singer and actor while her mother, Juanita, worked as a chorus dancer. Her parents nurtured her singing skills, and at the age of six, she appeared on Challenging the Youth and later on The Lawrence Welk Show, among others.
Leslie attended a professional school which trained its students to work in the entertainment industry. When Leslie turned 15, she left school to pursue a career in show business. Just a year later, she earned a Prime Time Emmy nomination for her starring role on the variety show The Lawrence Welk Show.
Leslie Uggams began her professional acting career in the 195s, starring in numerous Broadway shows. She nailed her breakout role in Broadway’s Hallelujah, Baby!, earning her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical. She also made a mark with Sammy Davis Jr.’s recent show, Golden Boy.
Following this, Uggams became an in-demand actress on television, with roles in different movies and series. She had recurring roles in series such as I Spy, That’s Life, Backstairs at the White House, Nurse Jackie, and Empire. Some of her notable performances include appearing as Kizzy Reynolds in the historic ABC television miniseries Roots (1977). She played Blind Al in Ryan Reynolds starrer superhero movie Deadpool and also had minor roles in blockbuster films like Hanover Street, among several others.
Throughout her long spanned career, Leslie Uggams has never shied away from exhibitions of her exceptional skills both on-camera and off-camera. Her career achievements include a Theatre World Award and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She has also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Hostess in a variety show for Fantasy. A multi-talented icon indeed!
Leslie is not only acknowledged for her acting performance. She is also well known for releasing several albums throughout her career. Some of the albums that she released include The Eyes of God, So in Love!, A Time to Love, What’s An Uggams?, Just to Satisfy You, Leslie, Try To See It My Way.
Leslie’s personal life is kept low-profile, not divulging much information to the public. However, she has been married to Grahame Pratt since 1965. The couple has one child – Danielle Chambers, who is now a successful real estate agent.
While numerous actors come and vanish from the stage in different shapes and forms, Leslie Uggams will forever remain one of Hollywood's most enduring stage and screen icons. Her contributions to both theatre, Television and show business have left an indelible mark, and fans across generations will always appreciate her cinematic and theatrical work.
Interesting Facts about Leslie Uggams
- She is also a board member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and TADA, a children's musical theatre.
- Among her most recent concerts are the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rhode Island Symphony, and The Memorial Day Concert on the Washington Mall, in front of 300,000 people, televised live by PBS.
- Off stage, Leslie is a founding member of the BRAVO Chapter/City of Hope - a charitable organisation dedicated to the study, treatment and eradication of all blood-related diseases.
- Grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City.
- She made her national television debut at age six on the television series Beulah (1950), portraying the niece of Ethel Waters.
- She began performing regularly at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem as an extra added attraction before the performances of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington at age six.
- Reprised her role in 1989/90 at the Lincoln Center's Vivien Beaumont Theatre on Broadway. 1991 saw Leslie touring in "Stringbean", a new play with music based on Ethel Waters' rise to fame in the 1920s and 1930s.
- She was in the audience when Buddy Holly and The Crickets made their debut at the Apollo Theater (1957).
- Mother of Danielle Chambers and Justice Pratt, mother-in-law of Keith Chambers.
- Daughter Danielle Chambers is a singer/actress who attended high school in Beverly Hills, California. Upon graduating, she went to New York City to study Theatre and Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has sung on cruise ships, appeared in a number of regional musicals ("Titanic", "Into the Woods", "Beehive") and produced and performed her own cabaret show.
- Although John Amos and Madge Sinclair were only three and five years her senior in real life, they played her parents in Roots (1977). Similarly, she is only three years older than her on-screen son Ben Vereen and four months older than her on-screen grandson Georg Stanford Brown in the same production.
- She was awarded Broadway's 1968 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for "Hallelujah, Baby!" in a tie with Patricia Routledge for "Darling of the Day".
- She was nominated for the 2001 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actress in a Play for "King Hedley II" on Broadway in New York City.
- Friends with Sammy Davis Jr..
- Attended the Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan, New York City.
- She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
- Alumna of Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
- Actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee took Ugghams under Dee's wing, when she was 29. The friendship had lasted 42 years until Dee's passing in 2014.