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Lola Falana


Born in Philadelphia in 1942, Lola Falana left home as a teenager to seek her fortune in entertainment. She often slept in subway stations before finding work. She studied African dance, and her big break came when she appeared opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in "Golden Boy" on Broadway in 1964. She then toured Italy and won fame there in two Italian ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Known For

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest / Herself - Guest Host
(1968-1980)
Circus of the Stars #4
Circus of the Stars #4 Herself - Ringmaster
(1979)

Filmography

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 1989 Mad About You
Casey's Secretary
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Sheila Wilson
- Changes of Heart (1986) ... Sheila Wilson
 1982 Capitol (TV Series)
Charity Blake (1984-1986)
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Esther Bolling
- Spending Spree/The Hunted (1979) ... Esther Bolling
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mara Carroll
 1977 Switch (TV Series)
Armistice Simpson
- Heritage of Death (1977) ... Armistice Simpson
 1976 Cos (TV Series)
Frequent Guest
 1975 Lady Cocoa
Coco
 1975 Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya (TV Series)
Regular Performer
 1973-1974 Soul Train (TV Series)
Guest
 1974 Klansman
Loretta Sykes
 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Jackie Sterling
- A String of Puppets (1974) ... Jackie Sterling
 1973 Hai visto mai? (TV Mini-Series)
Hostess
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Hostess
- Episode #1.2 (1973) ... Hostess
- Episode #1.1 (1973) ... Hostess
 1972 The New Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Regular
 1970 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Marci Weaver
- The Song of Willie (1970) ... Marci Weaver
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Emma Jones
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Lenore Brooks
- The Sanctuary (1969) ... Lenore Brooks
 1967 Black Tigress
Lola Gate
 1967 Quando dico che ti amo
Julia
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Theo
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Golden Boy" on Broadway. Also in cast: Sammy Davis Jr.. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Is of African-American and Cuban descent. See more »

Trademark:

Performed her signature song "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" during her Las Vegas shows. See more »

Nickname:

First Lady of Las Vegas

Star Sign:

Virgo

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