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      Leslie Uggams

      Leslie Uggams

      Highest Rated: 94% American Fiction (2023)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 25, 1943

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Leslie Marian Uggams was born May 25, 1943 in New York City to a singer father and dancer mother. Uggams followed in her parents' footsteps, performing at the age of six at the Apollo Theater and earning notability on the game show "Name That Tune" (CBS 1953-59) at the age of 12, earning a record deal with Columbia Records as a result. She went on to study at Juilliard School, and in the meantime earned a recurring position on "Sing Along with Mitch" (NBC 1961-66). The years to come brought Uggams a variety of successes: She made her film debut in "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962), her Broadway debut "Hallelujah, Baby!" (1967), and landed her very own variety series: "The Leslie Uggams Show" (CBS 1969). Although her eponymous program did not enjoy a lengthy stay on television, it hardly proved much of a hiccup in Uggams' ascent. In fact, her greatest victories would come in the years to follow, when she starred on the critically acclaimed miniseries "Roots" (ABC 1977) as Kizzy, the daughter of LeVar Burton's lead character Kunta Kinte; Uggams was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance on the show. In the 1980s, Uggams' principal energies targeted the stage; she starred in plays including "Blues of the Night" (1982), "Jerry's Girls" (1985), and "Anything Goes" (1989). She began acting less frequently from there on out, though did appear in the film "Sugar Hill" (1993), a Broadway production of "King Hedley II" (2001), for which she won a Tony, and on several episodes of the drama series "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime 2009-2015). Uggams returned to the big screen to play Blind Al in the Marvel Comics film "Deadpool" (2016).

      Highest rated movies

      American Fiction Nanny Deadpool Deadpool 2 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Dotty & Soul
      Sugar Hill
      The Ravine

      Photos

      Leslie Uggams SKYJACKED, Kelley Miles, Leslie Uggams, Toni Clayton, 1972 SKYJACKED, Leslie Uggams, Mariette Hartley, Susan Dey, 1972 SKYJACKED, from left: Leslie Uggams, Yvette Mimieux, Susan Dey, 1972 SKYJACKED, Rosey Grier, Leslie Uggams (back), James Brolin, 1972 Empire, Terrence Howard (L), Leslie Uggams (R), 'The Lyon Who Cried Wolf', Season 2, Ep. #16, 05/04/2016, ©FOX SKYJACKED, from left: Leslie Uggams, Yvette Mimieux, Susan Dey, 1972. SKYJACKED, from left: Mariette Hartley, Yvette Mimieux, Leslie Uggams, 1972. Empire, Leslie Uggams, 'Rise by Sin', Season 2, Ep. #17, 05/11/2016, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Leslie Uggams (R), 'The Lyon Who Cried Wolf', Season 2, Ep. #16, 05/04/2016, ©FOX Empire, Terrence Howard (L), Leslie Uggams (R), 'The Lyon Who Cried Wolf', Season 2, Ep. #16, 05/04/2016, ©FOX DEADPOOL 2, L-R: RYAN REYNOLDS AS DEADPOOL, LESLIE UGGAMS, 2018. PH: JOE LEDERER/TM & COPYRIGHT © 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Leslie Uggams at arrivals for THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS Premiere on HBO, The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY April 18, 2017. Photo By: Lev Radin/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadpool & Wolverine Blind Al (Character) - 2024
      94% 95% American Fiction Agnes (Character) $19.2M 2023
      40% 82% Dotty & Soul Dotty (Character) - 2022
      90% 69% Nanny Kathleen (Character) - 2022
      0% 25% The Ravine Joanna (Character) - 2021
      84% 85% Deadpool 2 Blind Al (Character) $324.3M 2018
      69% 54% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sadie (Character) - 2017
      85% 90% Deadpool Blind Al (Character) $363.1M 2016
      20% 69% Sugar Hill Doris Holly (Character) $18.3M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sizzle Vonda (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 37% Poor Pretty Eddie Elizabeth "Liz" Wetherly (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heartbreak Motel Elizabeth "Liz" Wetherly (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Vengeance Elizabeth "Liz" Wetherly (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 26% Skyjacked Lovejoy Wells (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 76% Black Girl Netta (Character) - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallout Unknown (Character) 2024
      100% 86% My Dad the Bounty Hunter Grandma (Voice) 2023
      No Score Yet 52% New Amsterdam Mama Nola (Guest Star) 2020-2023
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Herself (Guest Voice) 1999 2021
      67% 93% The Bite Dr. Hester Boutella (Character) 2021
      84% 48% Empire Leah Walker (Guest Star) 2016-2017 2019-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2018
      81% 88% Nurse Jackie Vivian (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013
      43% No Score Yet NYC 22 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      93% 90% The Good Wife Suzanne Packer (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Alexis Carter (Guest Star) 1984
      76% 68% Roots Kizzy Reynolds Moore (Character) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Laurie Williams (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bobby Darin Show Guest 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Dina Lane (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Toast of the Town Guest 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      10% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star)