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Rip Actress, Pioneering Tap Dancer Jeni LeGon

17 December 2012 8:10 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

She actually passed on December 7, but I only just got word of it over the weekend. Jeni LeGon (August 14, 1916 – December 7, 2012) was one of the first African American women in tap dance to develop a career as a soloist. She also had a lengthy onscreen (in film and TV), one that spanned over 65 years, starting in 1936 appearing as a cabaret dancer in Dishonour Bright, to 2001's Ernest Dickerson-directed horror movie, Bones.  She also did a 2-season stint on The Amos 'n Andy Show, from 1951 to 1953, appearing in 6 episodes in total. But she'll liekly be best remembered for her musical and dance talents. From the American Tap Dance Foundation: »

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