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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 22 July 1954Detroit, Michigan, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Lonette McKee's career began in the music industry in hometown Detroit, Michigan as a child prodigy, where she began playing keyboards composing music and lyrics, singing and performing professionally at a young age. At fourteen she recorded her first record, "Stop Don't Worry 'Bout It" which became an instant regional Pop/R&B hit.

Lonette made her feature film debut playing 'Sista' in Sparkle. Following were starring roles in films Which Way is Up and Brewster's Millions opposite legendary, Richard Pryor, The Cotton Club and Gardens of Stone for renowned director, Francis Ford Coppola. Sundance Film Festival winner, Lift, earned Lonette a Black Reel Nomination. Other films include Cuba, Men of Honor, 'Round Midnight for outstanding French filmmaker, Bertrand Tavenier. Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, He Got Game and She Hate Me for renowned filmmaker and mentor, Spike Lee. Recently, Lonette appeared in films, A Day in Black and White, Honey, ATL, Paper Mache Chase, Fast Food Fast Women, Honey 2, This Narrow Place and LUV, opposite hip hop mega-star, Common. Television films include, Women of Brewster Place, with Oprah Winfrey, for which Lonette received an NAACP nomination; Having Our Say, Queen, To Dance with Olivia, For Love of Olivia, Blind Faith and Dangerous Passions. She also received an NAACP Nomination for her recurring appearances on As The World Turns and has enjoyed a recurring lead role in hit series' Third Watch and The Game. Solo television guest appearances include The Tonight Show, Today Show, Good Morning America and David Letterman. Lonette was recognized in "People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful Issue." Winning the coveted Tony Nomination for her portrayal of the tragic mulatto, 'Julie', in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Showboat, she earned the distinction of becoming the first African American actress to play the coveted role in the U.S. and later reprised the role for great theatrical director Hal Prince on Broadway. Critical praise and a Drama Desk Nomination was earned for her heartbreaking portrayal of Billie Holiday in the one-woman hit drama with music, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.

Lonette has written and produced solo CD's entitled, Lonette, Words and Music, Natural Love, Acoustic Tracks, Lonette McKee and Superstar. She has toured throughout the world in solo concert performances including the prestigious JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.

Studying film directing at The New School in NYC she also apprenticed film directing under the tutelage of mentor Spike Lee. Lonette continues to write and produce music and screenplays along with television concepts for Lonette McKee Entertainment Inc. To include Dream Street, an original screenplay for theatrical release which was chosen as Finalist in Sundance Film Lab and will mark her directorial debut.

A recent concert at Aaron Davis Hall played to a sold-out audience.

Lonette is a Blog Contributor for the Huffington Post and teaches the Actor's Workshop at The City College of New York Continuing and Professional Studies. She recently enjoyed rave reviews in New York for her work Off Broadway in Sowa's Red Gravy and A Raisin in the Sun at the prestigious Clarence Brown Theatre, both directed by Woodie King Jr. She was recently nominated for a 2013 AUDELCO Award in Best Actress category.

Lonette is an animal lover and outspoken advocate for human and animal rights.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lonette McKee Entertainment

Spouse (2)

Leo Compton (1 February 1983 - 1990) (divorced)
? (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (15)

Nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Julie LaVerne in "Show Boat".
Has taught Master acting classes at Centenary College, NJ, where she serves as an adjunct professor in the Theater Arts department.
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 she reprieved the role for famed Broadway director, Harold Prince. Her first film role was playing the beloved character, 'Sista' in the now cult musical film, Sparkle in 1976.
Made her Broadway debut in a co-starring role in the musical "The First" playing Jackie Robinson's wife Rachel.
Once married to a social worker.
Recorded a pop album "Natural Love" in 1992.
Lonette has been nominated for two Image Awards.
She was ranked in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1995.
Was the first black actress to play Julie in a major American stage production of "Show Boat".
Father is of African-American; mother is of European descent.
Began career as a recording artist in Detroit as a child music prodigy. signed with the Detroit-based M-S label and put out a record which became a regional hit at fourteen years old. Released an album, Lonette McKee, on the Sussex label with the same producers, Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey in 1974.
She is an avid animal lover with a particular ability to intuit and communicate with birds. Lonette loves all animals and has a profound respect and love for all nature.
Was nominated for a 1983 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for her portrayal of Julie LaVerne in a revival of "Show Boat".
She will be a featured guest artist at the prestigious Symhony Space in New York City, where she will read a short story by the gifted writer, Edwidge Danticat from her soon to be published novel-in-stories "The Dew Breaker" in April 2004 [July 2004]
She is currently completing work on her fourth feature film for Spike Lee. [February 2004]

Personal Quotes (1)

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 their rent, too.'

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