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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.

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Cleo Laine, by John Benton-Harris - NPG P793

Cleo Laine

by John Benton-Harris
bromide print, circa 1972
NPG P793

Cleo Laine, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15536

Cleo Laine

by Harry Hammond
bromide print, 1959
NPG x15536

Sir John Philip William ('Johnny') Dankworth; Cleo Laine, by Bill Francis - NPG x135731

Sir John Philip William ('Johnny') Dankworth; Cleo Laine

by Bill Francis
modern matte bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x135731

Cleo Laine, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x126259

Cleo Laine

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, January 1970
NPG x126259

Sheet music cover for 'You'll Answer to Me' by Cleo Laine, published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48463

Sheet music cover for 'You'll Answer to Me' by Cleo Laine

published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1961
NPG D48463


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Alister Palmer

29 May 2020, 11:01

Born Clementine Dinah Bullock on 28th October 1927 in London, the second daughter of Minnie Blanche Hitchings of Wiltshire and Jamaican born Syvan Alexander Campbell.

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