Actress-musician Carmen McRae made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen. McRae began her acting career appearing mainly in films, such as the Tony Curtis dramatic sports film "The Square Jungle" (1956), the dramatic adaptation "The Subterraneans" (1960) with Leslie Caron and "Hotel" (1967) with Rod Taylor. She also was featured in the miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations" (1978-79). In addition to her acting, McRae also contributed music to "A Circle of Children" (1976-77). She kept working in film throughout the eighties, starring in "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" (1986). She appeared in a number of television specials, including "Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street" (1987-88) and "Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show" (1987-88). McRae also created music for the comedy "Real Genius" (1985) with Val Kilmer. McRae had a number of different projects under her belt in the eighties and the nineties, including "Newport Jazz '88" (PBS, 1988-89), "Back to the Future III" (1990), "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday" and "Excess Baggage" with Alicia Silverstone (1997). McRae most recently provided music for the Chris Elliott comedy "Snow Day" (2000).