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Ntozake Shange (1948–2018)

Ntozake Shange was born on October 18, 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Paulette Williams. She was a writer and actress, known for Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002), American Playhouse (1981) and Whitewash (1994). She was married to David Murray and McArthur Binion. She died on October 27, 2018 in Bowie, Maryland, USA. See full bio »


(age 70) in Bowie, Maryland, USA

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 2010 For Colored Girls (play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf")
 2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Documentary) (Narration)
 1994 Whitewash (TV Short) (screenplay)
  American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1982) (screenplay - 1 episode, 1982)
 1977 An Evening with Diana Ross (TV Special)
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 2016 Transparent (TV Series)
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- To Sardines and Back (2016) ... Ntozake Shange
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Woman with baby girl
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 2020 Tonality: Lady in Blue (Video short) (lyricist)
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 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series) (assistant to the director - 1 episode)
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 2011 Span of the Rainbow (Documentary short)
 2001 The Papp Project (Documentary)
 1982 Poetry in Motion (Documentary)
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Self - Presenter
 1978 Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (Documentary)

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(March 14 to April 14, 2019) Her play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," was performed at the Court Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

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Has one daughter Savannah and one granddaughter. See more »



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