Cleo Laine was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. She began her career as a singer and actress in the 1950s. In 1959, she performed in the musical adaptation of Ronald Firbank's novel <i>Valmouth</i>. In 1962, she appeared in the play "A Time to Laugh" with Robert Morley and Ruth Gordon. In 1964, she won raves for her album <i>Shakespeare and All that Jazz</i>. In 1972, she launched her career in the U.S. with a concert at New York's Lincoln Center. In 1980, she starred in the musical "Colette" at the Comedy Theatre in London. In 1983, she released <i>Cleo at Carnegie: The 10th Anniversary Concert</i>; won Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female. In 1992, she appeared with Frank Sinatra for a week of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 1957, she made her TV debut on "The Benny Hill Show" (BBC). Laine worked on a variety of projects during her early entertainment career, including "Cotton Club '75" (NBC, 1974-75), "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (NBC, 1985-86) and "The 40th Annual Tony Awards" (CBS, 1985-86). She also contributed to "The Criminal" with Stanley Baker (1962), "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1961) starring Vivien Leigh and "The Servant" (1963) starring Dirk Bogarde. Laine won a Best Jazz Vocal Performance Grammy Award in 1983. She also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Evening at Pops (06/20/87)" (1986-87), "CBS' Happy New Year America 1987" (CBS, 1987-88) and "Celebrating Gershwin" (PBS, 1987-88). She also appeared in "On the Town in Concert" (PBS, 1993-94). She also appeared in "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" (2000). Additionally, she could be seen on a variety of television specials like "The Great Love Songs" (1994-95), "Frank Sinatra: The Voice" (1997-98) and "Princess Margaret: The Rebel Princess" (1999-2000). Laine also contributed music to the Jimi Mistry comedy "Touch of Pink" (2004). Most recently, Laine appeared on "VE Day: Remembering Victory" (BBC 1, 2014-15). Laine had two children.