Rosetta Lenoire Biography (1911-2002)

Original name, Rosetta Olive Burton; born August 8, 1911, in New York, NY; daughter of Harold Charles and Marie (maiden name, Jacques) Burton; married William LeNoire, September 27, 1929 (divorced May 7, 1943); married Egbert F. Brown, May 13, 1948 (deceased); children: William M. (first marriage). Addresses: Office: c/o AMAS Musical Theatre, 1 East 104th St., New York, NY 10029.; Agent: Gage Group, Inc., 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA90069.

Actress, singer, dancer, producer
Birth Details
August 8, 1911
New York, New York
Death Details
March 17, 2002
Teaneck, New Jersey

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • First witch, Macbeth, Lafayette Theatre, New York City, 1936
  • Singer and dancer, Bassa Moona, Lafayette Theatre, 1936
  • Crippled girl, Bluebird, Lafayette Theatre, 1937
  • Pitti-Sing, The Hot Mikado, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1939 then New York World's Fair, New York City, 1940
  • Mrs. Sloan, Head of the Family, Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1941
  • Stella, Anna Lucasta, Mansfield Theatre, Mansfield, NY, 1944 thenNational Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • Annie, The Easiest Way, American National Theatre and Academy, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1949
  • Hattie, Kiss Me, Kate, Dallas State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, TX, 1950
  • Rose Bolton, Four Twelves Are 48, 48th Street Theatre, New York City, 1951
  • Queenie, Show Boat, Corning Glass Theatre, Corning, NY, 1951 revived at New York State Theatre, 1966
  • Sherraloo, Three's a Family, Corning Glass Theatre, 1951
  • Here Today, Corning Glass Theatre, 1951
  • Anything Goes, Corning Glass Theatre, 1951
  • Happy Birthday, Corning Glass Theatre, 1951
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Corning Glass Theatre, 1951
  • O Distant Land, Lennox Hill Playhouse, New York City, 1952
  • Carmen Jones, Westport County Playhouse, 1952
  • Vonie Oxendine, Supper for the Dead, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1954
  • The Feminine Touch, Hilltop Parkway Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1955
  • Third sharecropper, Finian's Rainbow, New York City Center Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Zanche, The White Devil, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Matumbi, Mister Johnson, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Slave girl, Ceremonies of Innocence, American National Theatre andAcademy Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Christine, Take a Giant Step, Jan Hus Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Mother, Lost in the Stars, New York City Center Theatre, 1958
  • Clara, Destry Rides Again, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Grandmother, The Bible Salesman, Theatre at Broadway Congregational Church, New York City, 1960
  • August, La Belle Helene, Westport County Playhouse, 1960
  • Portia, Fido, Playhouse on the Mall, Paramus, NJ, 1960
  • Grandmother, "The Bible Salesman," and Madame Scarlatina, "The Oldest Trick in the World," Double Entry (double-bill), Martinique Theatre, NewYork City, 1961
  • Bloody Mary, South Pacific, New York City Center Theatre, 1961
  • Clara, Clandestine on the Morning Line, Actors Playhouse, New YorkCity, 1961
  • Mollie, Sophie, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Essie Belle Johnson, Tambourines to Glory, Little Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Petunia Jackson, Cabin in the Sky, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Mother Henry, Blues for Mr. Charlie, American National Theatre andAcademy Theatre, 1964
  • Ma Maloney, I Had a Ball, Martin Beck Theatre, 1964-1965
  • Hattie Gaines, The Great Indoors, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New YorkCity, 1966
  • Bertha, The Name of the Game, Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1967
  • Meg, A Cry of Players, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1968-1969
  • Grace Kumalo, Lost in the Stars, Imperial Theatre, 1972
  • Mother Horn and Mom, Lady Day, Chelsea Theatre Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1972
  • Nurse, The Sunshine Boys, Broadhurst Theatre, 1972
  • Woman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, then St.James Theatre, New York City, both 1973
  • Mady, God's Favorite, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1974-1975
  • Della, The Royal Family, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1975 then Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1975-1976
  • Rheba, You Can't Take It with You, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Also appeared in the play Marching with Johnny.
  • Stage Appearances; Major Tours
  • Pitti-Sing, The Hot Mikado, U.S. cities, 1941-1942
  • Emma, You Can't Take It with You, United Service Organizations, U.S. Army bases, 1943
  • Maid, Janie, U.S. cities, 1943-1944
  • Decision, New York City Subway Circuit, New York City, 1944
  • Three's a Family, New York City Subway Circuit, 1944
  • Queenie, Show Boat, U.S. cities, 1963 then Canadian cities.
  • Bloody Mary, South Pacific, U.S. cities, 1963
  • Nurse, The Sunshine Boys, U.S. cities, 1974
  • Also toured as first witch, Macbeth, U.S. cities.
  • Stage Producer
  • An Evening with the Bourgeoisie, AMAS Repertory Theatre, BeaumontHall, New York City, 1973
  • Othello, AMAS Repertory Theatre, Beaumont Hall, 1973
  • The Three Sisters, AMAS Repertory Theatre, Beaumont Hall, 1973
  • House Party: A Musical Memory, AMAS Repertory Theatre, Beaumont Hall, 1973
  • Two Daughters and All over Nuthin' (double-bill), AMAS Repertory Theatre, Theatre at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, New York City, 1974
  • Bubbling Brown Sugar: A Musical Journey through Harlem, AMAS Repertory Theatre, Theatre at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 1975
  • Bayou Legend, AMAS Repertory Theatre, Theatre at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 1975
  • God's Trombones, AMAS Repertory Theatre, Theatre at Church of St.Paul and St. Andrew, 1975
  • Sparrow in Flight, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1978
  • Helen, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1979
  • It's So Nice to Be Civilized, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1979
  • Suddenly the Music Starts, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1979
  • We Love You Always, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1980-1981
  • The Peanut Man, George Washington Carver, AMAS Repertory Theatre,1980-1981
  • Mama, I Want to Sing, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1980-1981
  • Mo' Tea, Miss Ann?, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1980-1981
  • The Crystal Tree, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1980-1981
  • Will They Ever Love Us on Broadway?, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1981
  • The Winds of Change, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1981
  • Five Points, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1982
  • Louisiana Summer, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1982
  • Miss Waters to You, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1982
  • Opening Night, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1983
  • The Buck Stops Here!, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1983
  • Sing Me Sunshine!, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1984
  • Blackberries, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1984
  • Paris '31, AMAS Musical Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Matilda, A World Apart, ABC, 1969
  • Mrs. Herbert, The Guiding Light, CBS, 1971-1972
  • Gloria Metcalf, Another World, NBC, 1971-1973
  • Mitzi Gordon, Calucci's Department, CBS, 1973
  • Marian George, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1975
  • Mother Maybelle Harper, Gimme a Break, NBC, 1986-1987
  • Leola Forbes, Amen, 1987-1989
  • Mother Winslow, Family Matters, ABC, 1989-1997
  • Episodic
  • Mary Ellen Bailey, "The Defender: Parts 1 & 2," Studio One, 1957
  • Miss Gillis, "Parlour Floor Front," Tales from the Darkside, 1985
  • Nurse, "Playground Scar," Cosby, CBS, 1998
  • Also appeared as Emma in an episode of Search for Tomorrow, CBS; also appeared in episodes of Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC; The Doctors and the Nurses, CBS; Kraft Theatre; Lamp unto My Feet,CBS; Love of Life, CBS; and The Nurses, CBS.
  • Specials
  • Noah's wife, "The Green Pastures," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1957
  • Librarian, Mandy's Grandmother, syndicated, 1980
  • Mrs. Lewis, Maverick Square, ABC, 1991
  • Movies
  • Benny's Place, 1982
  • Mrs. Clements, The Father Clements Story, NBC, 1987
  • Other
  • Legacy of Blood, ABC, 1973
  • Tillie, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (pilot), ABC, 1975
  • Della, The Royal Family, 1977
  • Big Blonde (also known as Dorothy Parker's Big Blond), 1980
  • Rheba, You Can't Take It with You, 1984
  • Also appeared as Mrs. Evans, The Reporter, ABC.
  • Film Appearances
  • Stella, Anna Lucasta, United Artists, 1958
  • Voice, Fritz the Cat, Cinemation, 1972
  • Nurse, The Sunshine Boys, United Artists, 1975
  • Thank You Ma'am (documentary), 1976
  • Prison matron, Daniel, Paramount, 1983
  • Judge, Moscow on the Hudson, Columbia, 1984
  • Mama, The Brother from Another Planet, Cinecom International, 1984
  • Judge, Brewster's Millions, Universal, 1985
  • Rosanna, Lily in Love (also known as Playing for Keeps andJatszani kell), New Line Cinema, 1985
  • Millie, Whatever It Takes, Aquarius, 1986
  • Herself, Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist, 1998
  • Herself, Curtain Call, 2000
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared in the CBS-Radio programs Counterplay, David Harding, and 21st Precinct.
  • Albums
  • Performed on the album A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Other Recordings
  • Contributor to educational recordings for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., and Guidance Associates.
  • Stage Plays
  • (With Clyde Williams) We Love You Always, AMAS Repertory Theatre,1980-1981

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