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Rosetta LeNoire Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 8 August 1911New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 17 March 2002Teaneck, New Jersey, USA  (diabetes)
Birth NameRosetta Olive Burton
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born Rosetta Olive Barton, she was the goddaughter of famed tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. She was in the landmark all-black version of "Macbeth," directed by Orson Welles in the 1930s. Former president Bill Clinton presented her with the National Medal of the Arts in 1999. Appeared in the movies "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984), "Brewster's Millions" (1985), and the television series "Family Matters" (1989 to 1997), in which she played the role of Estelle 'Mother' Winslow.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Egbert Brown (13 May 1948 - 1974) (his death)
William LeNoire (27 September 1929 - 7 May 1943) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Was a Broadway producer.
She took care of James Earl Jones when he was an infant, while she was a member of his father's acting troupe.
Her father was one of the first licensed plumbers in New York State.
Was directed by Orson Welles in a landmark, all-black version of "Macbeth" in the 1930s.
Suffered from rickets as a child and had to wear leg braces for 13 years.
Her mother died of pneumonia at age 27 after giving birth to her brother in a Harlem hospital corridor because segregationist policies barred her from using a room.
Husband Egbert Brown, who owned a fleet of cabs, died in 1974.
Suffered from diabetes for many years.
She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1999 for her services to the arts.
Famous for portraying the role of Estelle Winslow on Family Matters (1989).
Goddaughter of Bill Robinson.
She was a staunch liberal Democrat.

Personal Quotes (1)

I produce musicals. Music is one avenue where no one seems to have any discriminatory attitudes. Theatre techniques are a marvelous implement to bring people of all races, colors and creeds together.

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