Melba Moore

Although best known as a pop/R&B singer, Melba Moore is also an accomplished actress with many screen credits to her name. Raised in New York City by parents who were professional musicians, Moore followed in their ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1945

Filmography

Actor (39)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fighting Temptations 2003 (Movie)

Bessie Cooley (Actor)

10th Annual Trumpet Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Trumpet Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Charlie Putz 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Def By Temptation 1990 (Movie)

Madam Sonya (Actor)

Earth '90: Children and the Environment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

of Whippet Angel (Voice)

Mother's Day 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Seasonal Differences 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1987 Miss America Pageant 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS' Happy New Year America 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Melba Moore's Collection of Love Songs 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Be a Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Plays Washington! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Time American Songbook 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Doug Henning's World of Magic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Flamingo Road 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatrice Arthur Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Hair 1979 (Movie)

("3-5-0-0") (Actor)

Opryland U.S.A. 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost in the Stars 1973 (Movie)

Irina (Actor)

The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby's Christmas Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Pigeons 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christmas With Flicka (TV Show)

Actor

Ellis Island (TV Show)

Actor

Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Melba (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

Maelstrom 2002 (Movie)

("Good Morning Starshine") (Song Performer)

Def By Temptation 1990 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

("Let Me Be Surprised") (Song Performer)

Bad Boys 1983 (Movie)

("Don't Go Away") (Song)

Space Riders 1982 (Movie)

("Love's Comin' at Ya'") (Song Performer)

A Sensitive, Passionate Man (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

Although best known as a pop/R&B singer, Melba Moore is also an accomplished actress with many screen credits to her name. Raised in New York City by parents who were professional musicians, Moore followed in their footsteps, initially appearing in stage musicals, first in the original Broadway cast of "Hair" and then in the 1970 production of "Purlie", a role that garnered her a Tony Award. Moore went on to a recording career, but also began appearing in films and on television, starring in a feature adaptation of the musical "Lost in the Stars" in 1974. During the '70s, Moore was a regular performer on the talk-show circuit and briefly co-hosted a variety show with then-boyfriend Clifton Davis. In the following decade, she reprised her "Purlie" role for a made-for-TV version of the musical, and appeared on numerous popular series of the era, including "The Love Boat" and "Hotel". In 1986, Moore starred in her own sitcom "Melba", but the show was canceled after a handful of episodes, and she moved on to a guest stint on the popular prime-time soap "Falcon Crest". Not long after a one-off appearance on "The Cosby Show" and a voice role in the animated film "All Dogs Go to Heaven", Moore effectively retired from screen acting, but she returned briefly in a supporting part in the 2003 musical comedy "The Fighting Temptations", featuring the star vocalist of a younger generation, Beyoncé Knowles.

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