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Leslie Uggams

Born in New York City, New York, Leslie Uggams first captivated audiences at the age of six portraying the niece of Ethel Waters on the national network television series Beulah. At the age of nine, she performed 28 shows per week on stage at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. At 15 she was attending the New York Professional Children's School, followed by musical composition and theory studies at the Julliard School, and in 1959 releasing the first of 10 albums she recorded with Columbia Records. In 1970, she made history by becoming the first African-American woman to star in her own musical variety television series, The Leslie Uggams Show.

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Cast Credits

Fallout (2024)
Guest starring as Betty Pearson (5 episodes)
  • Episode 1x07: The Radio (Apr 10, 2024)
  • Episode 1x05: The Past (Apr 10, 2024)
  • Episode 1x04: The Ghouls (Apr 10, 2024)
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Extrapolations (2023)
Guest starring as Isabel Zucker (2 episodes)
My Dad the Bounty Hunter (2023)
Guest starring as Grandma (5 episodes)
The Bite (2021)
Guest starring as Dr. Hester Boutella (3 episodes)
Tamron Hall (2019)
Guest starring as Leslie Uggams
Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019)
Guest starring as Grandma Dynamite
  • Episode 3x04: Daytona 500 (Feb 22, 2023) [Special Guest Star]
New Amsterdam (2018)
Guest starring as Mama Reynolds (6 episodes)
Empire (2015)
Guest starring as Leah Walker (22 episodes)
The Good Wife (2009)
Guest starring as Suzanne Packer
A Different World (1987)
Guest starring as Dr. Eileen Redding
Hotel (1982)
Guest starring as Amanda Price
Magnum P.I. (1980)
Guest starring as Alexis Carter
Family Feud (1979)
Guest starring as Leslie Uggams
Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Starring as Lillian Rogers Parks (4 episodes)
The Love Boat (1977)
Guest starring as Marion Blake
Guest starring as Callie Reason
Guest starring as Leslie Uggams
Roots (1977)
Starring as Kizzy Reynolds
  • Episode 1x05: Part V (Jan 27, 1977)
Dinah! (1974)
Guest starring as Leslie Uggams
The Leslie Uggams Show (1969)
Starring as Host (10 episodes)
The Hollywood Squares (1966)
Guest starring as Panelist (21 episodes)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
Guest starring as Leslie Uggams (2 episodes)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)
Guest starring as Co-Host
Guest starring as Leslie Uggams
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