Lennie Bluett

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Lennie Bluett
Lennie Bluett.jpg
Born(1919-01-21)January 21, 1919
DiedJanuary 1, 2016(2016-01-01) (aged 96)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1937–2014

Lennie Bluett (January 21, 1919 – January 1, 2016) was an American film actor, pianist, dancer and singer. His mother was a cook for Humphrey Bogart. At age 16, Bluett started playing the piano at Bogart's parties.

He formed a harmonizing group with his friends called "Four Dreamers". Nat King Cole used to play with the band.

Bluett played a soldier in Gone With the Wind in 1939. His career consisted of minor roles due to the limited opportunities for African-Americans at the time. He relocated to Vancouver in order to avoid being drafted into World War II, and returned afterwards.[1][2][3] He died on January 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. He was 96.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lennie Bluett: A living legend". Sentinel. May 9, 2002. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Lennie Bluett: Very much live at 90". Jazz Times. April 27, 2009. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Readers remember". Los Angeles Times. November 22, 1999. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Barnes, Mike (January 16, 2016). "Lennie Bluett, a Soldier in 'Gone With the Wind,' Dies at 96". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved February 4, 2016.

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