Lonette McKee

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Dusky-voiced, elegantly beautiful leading lady of stage, screen and TV who frequently played doomed chanteuses or tragic mulattos. McKee made a highly praised film debut as the drug-addicted lead singer of a ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Whiskey School 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

LUV 2013 (Movie)

Grandma Beanie (Actor)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream Street 2010 (Movie)

Johnny Matsuta (Actor)

Honey 2 2010 (Movie)

Connie Daniels (Actor)

The Game 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

ATL 2006 (Movie)

Priscilla Garnett (Actor)

Missing 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Lottie Armstrong (Actor)

Honey 2003 (Movie)

Mrs Daniels (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 1999 - 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fast Food, Fast Women 2001 (Movie)

Sherry-Lynn (Actor)

L.A. Law 1990 - 1991, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

Ella--Carl's Mother (Actor)

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

Martha Shuttlesworth (Actor)

In Black and White 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Louise Little (Actor)

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

Drew (Actor)

Happy New Year, U.S.A.! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Free 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

Betty Rae (Actor)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

Darcey Leigh (Actor)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Angela Drake (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Lila Rose Oliver (Actor)

Illusions 1981 (Movie)

Mignon Dupree (Actor)

Cuba 1979 (Movie)

Therese Mederos (Actor)

Which Way Is Up? 1977 (Movie)

Annie Mae (Actor)

Sparkle 1976 (Movie)

Sister (Actor)

Blind Faith (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Passion (TV Show)

Actor

For Love of Olivia (TV Show)

Actor

Lift (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

Actor

To Dance With Olivia (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Dream Street 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Dream Street 2010 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Dream Street 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Dusky-voiced, elegantly beautiful leading lady of stage, screen and TV who frequently played doomed chanteuses or tragic mulattos. McKee made a highly praised film debut as the drug-addicted lead singer of a Supremes-like pop group in "Sparkle" (1976). She first appeared on Broadway as Rachel (Mrs. Jackie) Robinson in the short-lived musical "The First" (1981) and won a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Julie in the 1983 Houston Grand Opera revival of "Show Boat" (she was reportedly the first black actress to play that role in a major American production).

Relationships

Leo Compton

Husband
married February 1, 1983 born c. 1955 raised in Detroit met in San Francisco during a pre-Broadway run of "Show Boat" where he was moonlighing as the backstage doorman proposed after a one-week courtship program developer for NYC Youth Bureau divorced 1990

Lonnie McKee

Father
born c. 1910 black worked at Ford Motor Company

Dorothy McKee

Mother
white, of Swedish descent

Carol McKee

Sister
born c. 1959 has cerebral palsy Lonette McKee has expressed interest in building a facility for handicapped and retarded children to be named "Carol Park" for her sister

Kathy McKee

Sister
born c. 1950 wrote a book claiming to have been Sammy Davis Jr.'s mistress for seven years (1991)

Bryant McNeil

Companion
met in 1990 while working on the album "Natural Love"

EDUCATION

studied voice with Dini Clark in the late 1970s

studied ballet with Sarah Tayir and Sarah Daultry in the late 1970s

dropped out of school in ninth grade

Milestones

2004

Cast in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"

2003

Appeared in the film "Honey"

1990

Played Lorraine in "The Women of Brewster Place"

1988

Toured in "Sophisticated Ladies"

1988

Made TV pilot, "Home Free"

1987

Performed at the Ballroom cabaret in NYC

1983

Played Julie in the Broadway revival of the landmark Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical, "Show Boat" (reportedly the first black actress to perform the role in a major American production)

1981

Broadway debut as Mrs. Jackie Robinson in the musical, "The First"

1976

Film debut, "Sparkle"

1974

Recorded a gospel-flavored pop album

1972

Became a cast regular as a singer-dancer on the TV variety show, "The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters" at age 17 (date approximate)

1968

Recorded first regional song, "Stop, Don't Worry About It" and album at age 14; quit school and moved to Los Angeles to live with sister, Kathy

Portrayed Billie Holliday in the off-Broadway musical, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill"

Worked as a secretary for Bill Cosby

Began professional career at age 14 on the dance show, "Swingin' Time" (date approximate)

Again played Julie in a major revival of "Show Boat" (first in Toronto and later on Broadway)

Played recurring role of Sara Ruth Bennett on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"

Wrote and produced first album, "Words and Music" for Warner Bros.

Played piano and wrote songs at age seven; performed in local Detroit clubs where she sang her own songs at age ten

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