Carmen McRae

Actress-musician Carmen McRae made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for more than four decades. McRae began her acting career appearing mainly in films, such as the Tony Curtis sports drama "The Square ... Read more »
Born: 04/08/1922 in Manhattan, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Newport Jazz '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

The Subterraneans 1960 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Square Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

("Old Devil Moon") (Song Performer)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

("You Took Advantage of Me") (Song Performer)

A Circle of Children (TV Show)

Song Performer
Production Management (1)

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

(DGA Trainee)

Biography

Actress-musician Carmen McRae made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for more than four decades. McRae began her acting career appearing mainly in films, such as the Tony Curtis sports drama "The Square Jungle" (1956), the dramatic adaptation "The Subterraneans" (1960) with Leslie Caron and the dramatic adaptation "Hotel" (1967) with Rod Taylor. She also was featured in the miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations" (1978-79). McRae also contributed music to "A Circle of Children" (CBS, 1976-77). She continued to act in productions like the Richard Pryor biopic "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" (1986). She also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street" (CBS, 1987-88) and "Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show" (CBS, 1987-88). McRae also created music for "Real Genius" (1985) with Val Kilmer. McRae's music was most recently featured in the comedy "Snow Day" (2000) with Chris Elliott. McRae continued to exercise her talent in the eighties and the nineties, taking on a mix of projects like "Newport Jazz '88" (PBS, 1988-89), "Back to the Future III" (1990) starring Michael J. Fox and "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday" (1992-93). Her credits also expanded to "Excess Baggage" (1997) starring Alicia Silverstone.

Milestones

Popular songs include "I Cried For You" and "Take Five".

Known for such albums as "Carmen Sings Monk" and "The Great American Songbook"

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