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Transcript of Rose McClendon
Rose McClendon led the way for African American Female Actresses, her stunning performances inspired others and helped them start their own lives and careers. She also started a theater that launched other sting careers and provided jobs
On the Road to Success
Productions and Plays
• "Deep River" (1926)
• “In Abraham's Bosom."
• "Porgy "
• "Roseanne" (1924)
• "Green’s House of Connelly" (1931)
• "Black Souls"
Born August 27, 1884 in Greenville South Carolina
Her original name was Rosalie Virginia Scott
Moved to New York as a young child
Attended public schools in New York City
Performed in church plays until her scholarship
Negro People's Theater in Harlem
Before she died in 1936, she and Dick Campbell created the Negro People's Theater
It found careers for other actors
It was later renamed, "The Rose McCLendon Players"
Received a scholar ship at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Her first appearance was in "Justice" in 1919
In 1926, she was in "Deep River" and "In Abraham's Bosom"
Preformed in "Porgy" and received the Morning Telegraph Acting Award , then went on tour
By 1928, she was one of the most successful black Broadway actors
"The Cat and the Canary" (1932),
• Brain Sweat (which had a black cast)
• Roll Sweet Chariot (1934),
• Panic (1935).
• Her last starring role was as Cora in Langston Hughes' Mulatto (1935) which performed 375 time in Broadway
Rose McClendon passed away suddenly from Pneumonia on July 12, 1936 in NYC