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

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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."

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