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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 24, 2006|
|Born:||October 28, 1914||Cause of Death:||pneumonia|
|Birth Place:||Mobile, Alabama, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Performed with sister Dorothy and brother Harold in vaudeville in Philadelphia as the Nicholas Kids
Toured USA and London with siblings and parents
Professional debut with brother Harold on "The Horn and Hardart Kiddie Hour"
While performing at the Lafayette Theater in Harlem, the brothers were spotted by a talent scout from Warner Bros.; signed to make first film appearance
Film debut in the short "Pie, Pie Blackbird", also featuring Eubie Blake
With brother, performed at Harlem's The Cotton Club alongside such acts as Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters and Duke Ellington
While performing at the Cotton Club, seen by Samuel Goldwyn who signed the siblings to a movie contract
Feature film debut, "Kid Millions"
Had integral role in "The Big Broadcast of 1936"
Appeared on the London stage in "Blackbirds of 1936"
Broadway debut in "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936", directed by Vincente Minnelli and choreographed by George Ballanchine
Had featured role in the Rodgers and Hart musical "Babes in Arms"; Ballanchine again choreographed
Toured South America alongside Carmen Miranda
Breakthrough feature, "Down Argentine Way", also featuring Carmen Miranda
Teamed onscreen with Dorothy Dandridge peforming the Oscar-nominated song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" in "Sun Valley Serenade"
Introduced the Oscar-nominated "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" in "Orchestra Wives"
Performed what is considered their best screen dance. the "Jumpin' Jive" number in the all-black musical "Stormy Weather"
Drafted into the US Army; assigned to laundry detail in all-black unit in Louisiana
Discharged from military service
Final film appearance as the Nicholas Brothers, "The Pirate", directed by Vincente Minnelli; broke racial barriers by dancing in one scene with Gene Kelly
Toured the southern USA with Dizzy Gillespie
Performed at the inauguration of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Joined brother to tour Vietnam with Bob Hope's USO show
Solo acting debut in "The Liberation of L.B. Jones", directed by William Wyler
Contributed to the choreography of the Broadway stage musical "Black and Blue"; shared Tony Award for choreography
Was subject of documentary "The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance"; aired on A&E
Taught at Harvard as visiting dance artist with brother Harold
Suffered mild stroke
Performed with granddaughters who kept family tradition alive by performing tap numbers as the Nicholas Sisters; Fayard quoted as saying, "they do everything we did--in skirts!"
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