Francine Everett,a singer, dancer and actress who was one...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 22, 1999

Francine Everett,a singer, dancer and actress who was one of the stars of the all-black-cast "race" movies of the 1930s and 1940s, died May 27 at a nursing home in the Bronx.

Ms. Everett gave her birth year as 1920. By 1933, she was appearing with the Four Black Cats, a nightclub variety act. Shortly thereafter, she began acting with the Federal Theater in Harlem, which was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration.

William Greaves, the former actor and award-winning filmmaker and producer, said Ms. Everett "was a true legend of black film and theater, one of the top stars of the '40s race movies."

He added, "She would have been a superstar in Hollywood were it not for the apartheid climate in America and the movie industry at the time."


Because of limited space and the large number of requests for obituaries, The Sun regrets that it cannot publish all the obituaries it receives. Because The Sun regards obituaries as news, we give a preference to those submitted within 48 hours of a person's death. It is also our intention to run obituaries no later than seven days after death.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.