Cleo Laine

Singer, Actor
As a well-versed British entertainer, Cleo Laine had a diverse career in the entertainment industry. Laine worked on a variety of projects during her early entertainment career, including "Cotton Club '75" (NBC ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1927 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (14)

Princess Margaret: The Rebel Princess 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

Frank Sinatra: The Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Love Songs 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Town in Concert 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS' Happy New Year America 1987 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrating Gershwin 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Evening at Pops (06/20/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Club '75 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

VE Day: Remembering Victory (TV Show)

Interviewee
Music (3)

Evening at Pops (06/20/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Criminal 1962 (Movie)

("Prison Blues") (Song Performer)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

("All Gone") (Song Performer)

Biography

As a well-versed British entertainer, Cleo Laine had a diverse career in the entertainment industry. 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), "The Criminal" with Stanley Baker (1962), "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1961) starring Vivien Leigh and "The Servant" (1963). A regular on the awards show circuit, she made an appearance on "The 40th Annual Tony Awards" (1985-86). She appeared in a number of television specials, including "Evening at Pops (06/20/87)" (1986-87), "CBS' Happy New Year America 1987" (1987-88) and "Celebrating Gershwin" (1987-88). She also appeared in "Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show" (1987-88). She also appeared as Gwen in the dramedy "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" (2000) with Judi Dench. Additionally, she appeared in a number of television specials, including "On the Town in Concert" (1993-94), "The Great Love Songs" (1994-95) and "Frank Sinatra: The Voice" (1997-98). She also appeared in "Princess Margaret: The Rebel Princess" (1999-2000). Laine last provided music for the comedy "Touch of Pink" (2004) with Jimi Mistry. Laine had two children.

Relationships

Jacqueline Dankworth

Daughter
performs with group Field of Blue

Alec Dankworth

Son

Milestones

2007

Featured in the British documentary series "Legends"

2000

Made a cameo appearance in the HBO movie "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" opposite Judi Dench and Olympia Dukakis

1994

Published her autobiography Cleo

1992

Appeared with Frank Sinatra for a week of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London

1983

Released Cleo at Carnegie: The 10th Anniversary Concert; won Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female

1980

Starred in the musical "Colette" at the Comedy Theatre in London

1972

Launched her career in the U.S. with a concert at New York's Lincoln Center

1970

Cast as Julie in a production of "Show Boat" at the Adelphi Theatre in London

1969

Along with husband John Dankworth, founded The Stables Theatre

1964

Won raves for her album Shakespeare and All that Jazz

1962

Appeared in the play "A Time to Laugh" with Robert Morley and Ruth Gordon

1961

Appeared as a singer in "The Third Alibi" and "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"

1959

Performed in the musical adaptation of Ronald Firbank's novel Valmouth

1957

Made her TV debut on "The Benny Hill Show" (BBC)

1940

Cast as an extra in "The Thief of Baghdad"

Began her career as a singer and actress in the 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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In 1979, Laine was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contributions and services to music.

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A street in Adelaide, South Australia was named "Cleo Lane" after her.

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