Cleo Laine(1927-), Singer
Dame Clementine Dinah ('Cleo') Laine
Sitter in 6 portraits
Jazz musician and actress. Born Clementine Laine in Southall, London to a Jamaican father and English mother who nurtured her musical talent from an early age. Laine joined the John Dankworth Orchestra in 1953 and performed to sell out theatre audiences throughout the world. She married Dankworth in 1958 and that year played the lead in Sandy Wilson's musical Valmouth. Her talents encompass jazz, popular and classical music, opera and theatre. She is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories She has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, on Broadway and in the West End, as well as being frequently seen on television. Laine was created a Dame in the 1997 New Year's Honours list.
by Bill Francis
modern matte bromide print, early 1960s
by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1964
published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1961
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