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/ Tanya DuBois
Appeared (as "Julie LaVerne") in "Show Boat" on Broadway. NOTE She was nominated for a Tony Award for her work.
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When I left my husband, there was no work and no money. And so my new boyfriend and I were forced to move to an area of Fort Greene [Brooklyn, NY] that was very drug infested, and it was very hard. I got recognized a lot on the streets. They thought we had something that we didn't. I'd get a lot of comments like: 'Why are you living here? You're a star.' And I thought, 'Movie stars got to pay ...
Often portraying women with tragic auras, she played the late Billie Holliday in the off-Broadway hit show, "Lady Day at the Emerson's Bar and Grill", for which she received a nomination for a Drama Desk award. She also played the equally bittersweet role of 'Julie' in "Show Boat" in 1983 for the renowned Houston Grand Opera, becoming the first African American cast in the role in the US. In 1994...