Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams

  • Highest Rated: 89% Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Sugar Hill (1994)
  • Birthday: May 23, 1943
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • A musical career came virtually by inheritance to African-American entertainer Leslie Uggams. Her father sang with the Hall Johnson Choir, and her mother was a chorus dancer. At age 6, Leslie was appearing with Ethel Waters in the TV sitcom The Beulah Show; at eight, she was featured on Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club; and from eight to twelve, she sang on tour in big-city theatres and showed up in guests spots on shows starring the likes of Arthur Godfrey, Milton Berle and Garry Moore. A graduate of the Professional Children's School of New York, Uggams "retired" from show business at age 12--only to reemerge as a contestant (and singer) on the TV game show Name That Tune. Later on in 1960, Uggams was showcased to perfection as the offscreen singer of "Old Time Religion" in the opening scenes of the movie Inherit the Wind. While a student at Julliard in 1961, Ms. Uggams was hired to be regular female vocalist on Sing Along With Mitch, an otherwise all-male (and all-white) songfest hosted by Mitch Miller. A major star by 1969, Uggams became the first black female performer to host her own TV series since Hazel Scott in the '50s; alas, The Leslie Uggams Show became the latest in a long list of casualties to its powerhouse competition Bonanza. The next two decades were a kaleidescope of lofty heights and dismal depths for Uggams. But when she triumphed, it was big-time: She was brilliant as Kizzy in the groundbreaking 1977 TV saga Roots, and no less superb in a key role on a 1979 mini-series, Backstairs at the White House. Leslie Uggams' last regular television stint was as cohost of a nighttime audience participation series, Fantasy, in 1983. The series didn't last, but Uggams managed to grab an Emmy award for her efforts.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

53% Once Upon a Deadpool Blind Al 2018
84% Deadpool 2 Blind Al 2018
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sadie 2017
84% Deadpool Blind Al $328.7M 2016
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Actor 2013
58% Toe to Toe Grandma 2010
No Score Yet Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl Actor 1994
20% Sugar Hill Doris 1994
No Score Yet Sizzle Actor 1981
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet Heartbreak Motel Liz 1978
No Score Yet Poor Pretty Eddie Liz 1975
No Score Yet Redneck County Actor 1975
No Score Yet Black Girl Netta 1972
No Score Yet Skyjacked Lovejoy Wells 1972
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: An All-Star Tribute Actor 1965
No Score Yet Holiday Sing Along with Mitch Actor 1963
89% Two Weeks in Another Town Chanteuse 1962

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

84% Empire
2015
Leah Walker
  • 2017
  • 2016
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2013
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Suzanne Packer
  • 2011
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Dr. Eileen Redding
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Kris Temple
  • 1991
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Alexis Carter
  • 1984
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1979
86% Roots
1977
Kizzy
  • 1977
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Laurie
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1971
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
Rose Keefer

QUOTES FROM Leslie Uggams CHARACTERS

Blind Al
Goddamn, I miss cocaine.
Blind Al
I am crazy, or is your hand really small?
Wade Wilson/Deadpool
It's about the size of a KFC spork.