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us: Bowman, Laura, 1881-1957


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    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1881-10-03
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1957-03-29
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Quincy (Ill.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Los Angeles (Calif.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Lafayette Theatre Players
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Darktown Entertainers Quartet
    • Gender

        female
    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Actors
    • Sources

      • found: Veiled aristocrats--excerpts [MP] 1932: (name not given)
      • found: Mapp, E. Directory of blacks in the performing arts, 1990: (Laura Bowman; b. 10/3/1881; d. 3/29/1957; stage and screen actress)
      • found: African American National Biography, accessed June 08, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Bowman, Laura; Laura Bradford; stage / screen actor, college / university founder; born 03 October 1881 in Quincy, Illinois, United States; member of the chorus in the Midwest tour of the Williams and Walker Company's production of In Dahomey; formed the Darktown Entertainers quartet; joined the second company of In Dahomey as a main actor; formed duet with partner Pete Hampton; joined the Lafayette Players in New York; formed a duo with actor Sidney Kirkpatrick; made screen debut in The Brute (1920); was involved with the Ethiopian Art Players (1923); performed in Broadway production of The Chip Woman's Fortune; appeared in Sentinels and The Tree on Broadway (1931, 1932); made Ten Minutes to Live (1932); among others, starred in the films Drums of Voodoo, Conjur, and God's Stepchildren (1934, 1938); heard on numerous shows as a radio actor (1930's); played in the all-black cast of Louisiana; performed with a company touring with Anna Lucasta; died 29 March 1957 in Los Angeles, California, United States)
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