Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines

by Dennis Abrams
     
 

Gregory Hines started tap dancing at the age of two along with his older brother, Maurice. When it was clear that the brothers were talented, they formed the Hines Brothers act to showcase their tapping and other skills and performed around the country. At the age of 27, Gregory Hines grew tired of the family act. He moved to California to try to "find himself" and… See more details below

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Gregory Hines started tap dancing at the age of two along with his older brother, Maurice. When it was clear that the brothers were talented, they formed the Hines Brothers act to showcase their tapping and other skills and performed around the country. At the age of 27, Gregory Hines grew tired of the family act. He moved to California to try to "find himself" and also started a family of his own. Five years later, however, he realized that his heart was in tapping and returned to New York. Hines's performances in Broadway shows such as Eubie!, Sophisticated Ladies, and Jelly's Last Jam and his work in movies such as White Nights and The Cotton Club solidified his place as one of the great African-American entertainers of the twentieth century.

About the Author:
Dennis Abrams is the author of several books, among them biographies of Barbara Park, Anthony Horowitz, Hamid Karzai, and Ty Cobb

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Gregory Hines was a man who brought tremendous talent, skill and grace to the stage and movie set. He was a complete entertainer as he was an actor, singer and dancer. Gregory greatly admired his older brother, Maurice. His parents noticed Maurice's talent for dancing when he was very young and enrolled him in a tap-dancing class. Gregory was only 2� at the time, but refused to leave his brother's side and started tap dancing, too. As they grew, the brothers started their own dance performance partnership. They were soon joined by their father, who played the drums as they danced. They enjoyed performing, but didn't make much money at what they were doing. Gregory would go on in his career and provide outstanding performances on stage, winning a Tony Award, and on film and television. His success did not come without difficulty and he looked to entertainment greats like Sammy Davis, Jr., Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and many others for encouragement and inspiration. This is an excellent account of the life of Gregory Hines and the times in which he lived. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791097182
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages:
98
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.47(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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