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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Lennie Bluett

Throwback Thursday and Lennie Bluett

Lennie Bluett, dancer, singer and pianist, was born in Los Angeles on January 21, 1919. His mother worker as a cook for Humphrey Bogart and his father was a chauffeur for Buster Keaton.

Bluett’s career began as an extra (playing a Yankee soldier) in Gone With the Wind, but at first he found little other acting work. He auditioned for the role of Sam in Casablanca but was deemed too young (and too tall at 6’4”) for the part. He played an uncredited dancer in the movie Ziegfeld Follies (1945) which starred Fred Astaire and Lucille Ball. He danced in many other movies including: Kismet, A Star Is Born, Mighty Joe Young, Carolina Blues, When Stranger Marry, Stormy Weather, and Broadway Rhythm and others. All uncredited.

Although he never achieved starring roles, he carried on, performing in mostly black films and playing piano in clubs and on cruise ships. He remained active well into his nineties, and in 2015 he appeared in a Super Bowl commercial. He died on January 1, 2016 in Los Angeles. He was 96.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #234:
“Lennie Bluett was a dancer, singer and pianist.”

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“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

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