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Lola Falana est une Actrice Américaine née le 11 septembre 1942 à Camden (Etats-Unis)

Lola Falana

Lola Falana
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Nom de naissance Loletha Elayne Falana
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 11 septembre 1942 (80 ans) à Camden (Etats-Unis)

Lola Falana est une actrice et chanteuse américaine, née le 11 septembre 1942 à Philadelphie (Pennsylvanie).


Falana's father left Cuba to become a welder in the United States, where he met his wife. She spent most of her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By the age of three she was dancing, and by age five she was singing in the church choir. By the time she was in junior high school, she was already dancing in nightclubs to which she was escorted by her mother. Pursuing a musical career became so important to Falana that, against her parents' wishes, she left Germantown High School a few months before graduation and moved to New York City.

Her first dancing gig was at "Small's Paradise" in Harlem. Dinah Washington, the “Queen of Blues”, was influential in fostering Lola’s early career.

While dancing in a nightclub, Falana was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr., who gave her a featured role in his 1964 Broadway musical Golden Boy. Her first single, "My Baby", was recorded for Mercury Records in 1965. Later in her career she recorded under Frank Sinatra's record label. In the late 1960s Falana was mentored by Davis. In 1966 Davis cast her, along with himself, Ossie Davis, and Cicely Tyson, in her first film role in the film, A Man Called Adam.

Falana became a major star of Italian cinema beginning in 1967. In Italy she learned to speak fluent Italian while starring in three movies, the first of which was considered a spaghetti western. She was known as the "Black Venus". During this time she was busy touring with Davis as a singer and dancer, making films in Italy, and reprising her role in Golden Boy during its revival in London.

In 1969 Falana ended her close working relationship with Sammy Davis Jr., though the two remained friends. "If I didn't break away," Lola told TV Guide, "I would always be known as the little dancer with Sammy Davis Jr. ... I wanted to be known as something more." The previous year, Sammy Davis Jr. was divorced by his second wife, May Britt, after Davis admitted to having had an affair with Falana.

In 1970, Falana made her American film debut in The Liberation of L.B. Jones and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress for her performance. That same year she posed for Playboy magazine. She was the first black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely at blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads. In those early years, she also starred in a few movies considered to be of the blaxploitation genre. She appeared at the Val Air Ballroom sponsored by Black Pride, Inc., in 1978.

American TV audiences became familiar with Falana during the early 1970s. She often appeared on The Joey Bishop Show and
The Hollywood Palace, displaying her talent for music, dance, and light comedy. These appearances led to more opportunities.

She was the first supporting player hired by Bill Cosby for his much-anticipated variety hour, The New Bill Cosby Show, which made its debut on September 11, 1972 (her 30th birthday) on CBS. Cosby had met Falana in his college days, when he was a struggling comic and she was a 14-year-old dancing for $10 a show in Philadelphia nightclubs. Throughout the mid-1970s Falana made guest appearances on many popular TV shows, including
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Muppet Show, Laugh-In and The Flip Wilson Show. She also starred in her own television specials.

In 1975 her disco record "There's A Man Out There Somewhere" reached #67 on the Billboard R&B chart. That same year, she returned to Broadway as the lead in the musical Doctor Jazz. Although the production closed after just five performances, Lola was nominated for a Tony Award and won the 1975 Theater World Award.

With help from Sammy Davis, Falana brought her act to Las Vegas and became a top draw there. By the late 1970s, she was considered the Queen of Las Vegas. She played to sold-out crowds at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. Finally The Aladdin offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Falana was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas. Her show ran twenty weeks a year and became a major tourist attraction.

While still playing to sell-out crowds in Las Vegas, Falana joined the cast of a short-lived CBS soap opera, Capitol, as Charity Blake, a wealthy entertainment mogul. In 1983, Falana was appearing at Bally's hotel and casino in Atlantic City and, while playing baccarat, won a minority stake in the New York Mets, a stake she held until she sold it in 1988 for 14 million dollars to Frank Cashen.

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Matt Cimber
Matt Cimber
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Robert Swink
Robert Swink
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Scott Glenn
Scott Glenn
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Filmographie de Lola Falana (6 films)

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Silverado (1985)
, 2h29
Réalisé par Lawrence Kasdan
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Action, Aventure, Policier, Western
Acteurs Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Brian Dennehy
Note71% 3.5985453.5985453.5985453.5985453.598545
L'Ouest américain en 1880. Emmet est brutalement tiré de son sommeil par des coups de feu tirés à travers la cloison de la cabane où il passe la nuit. Le réflexe prompt, il abat ses adversaires un à un et reprend ensuite sa route vers Silverado. Dans le désert, il vient en aide à un homme, Paden, que des bandits ont dévalisé. Chemin faisant, les deux aventuriers arrivent dans la bourgade où est détenu, pour meurtre, Jake, le jeune frère d'Emmet. Il doit être pendu le lendemain matin. Ils prennent la défense de Malachi « Mal » Johnson, un noir agressé en raison de sa couleur de peau. Paden est emprisonné à son tour après avoir tiré sur un des hommes qui l'avaient dévalisé.
Lady Cocoa
Lady Cocoa (1975)

Réalisé par Matt Cimber
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Policier, Romance
Acteurs Lola Falana, Millie Perkins, Matt Cimber, George Buck Flower
Rôle Coco
Note47% 2.3740852.3740852.3740852.3740852.374085
Foxy Lady Cocoa est là pour abattre son petit ami gangster.
L'Homme du clan, 1h27
Réalisé par Terence Young
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Thèmes Le racisme
Acteurs Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Cameron Mitchell, Lola Falana, David Huddleston, Luciana Paluzzi
Rôle Loretta Sykes
Note52% 2.6082152.6082152.6082152.6082152.608215
Lorsque Nancy Poteet, femme d'un membre du Ku Klux Klan, est victime d'un viol dans une ville en proie à un fort racisme, la population blanche pointe immédiatement du doigt la communauté noire. Dans le même temps, le grand propriétaire progressiste Breck Stancill accueille les minorités sur son terrain ce qui provoque une grande agitation.
On n'achète pas le silence, 1h42
Réalisé par William Wyler, Robert Swink
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Roscoe Lee Browne, Lee J. Cobb, Lee Majors, Anthony Zerbe, Lola Falana, Eve McVeagh
Rôle Emma Jones
Note67% 3.388123.388123.388123.388123.38812
À Somerton, une petite ville du Tennessee, L.B. Jones est le directeur aisé d'une petite entreprise de pompes funèbres. Afro-américain, il demande le divorce à sa femme Emma, également noire, qui le trompe avec un policier local, Willie Joe Worth. Jones engage dès lors le meilleur avocat de la ville, Oman Hedgepath, pour le défendre face à son épouse. Dans l'attente du procès de divorce, Oman suggère au policier de faire pression sur Emma pour qu'elle renonce à se faire assister d'un avocat, ce qui aurait pour conséquence de faire citer le nom de son amant lors du procès et possiblement de briser sa carrière et sa vie de famille. Comme Emma refuse, il s'en prend à L.
A man called Adam, 1h39
Réalisé par Leo Penn
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Le jazz, Musique
Acteurs Sammy Davis Jr., Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson, Peter Lawford, Johnny Brown, Mel Tormé
Rôle Theo
Note65% 3.295053.295053.295053.295053.29505
Un célèbre trompettiste de jazz se retrouve incapable de faire face aux problèmes de la vie quotidienne.