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Katherine Dunham

Katherine DunhamAKA Katherine Mary Dunham

Born: 22-Jun-1910
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, IL
Died: 21-May-2006
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Dancer, Choreographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dunham School of Dance

Brought the influence of Africa and the Caribbean into American dance.

Husband: Jordis McCoo (m. 1931, div.)
Husband: John Thomas Pratt (m. 10-Jul-1941, d. 1986)

    University: BA Social Anthropology, University of Chicago (1936)
    University: Northwestern University
    Administrator: Founder, Dunham School of Dance and Theater, Manhattan (1945-)
    Professor: Southern Illinois University (1967-)

    National Medal of Arts 1989
    Kennedy Center Honor 1983
    St. Louis Walk of Fame
    Hunger Strike 1992
    Risk Factors: Malaria

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Mambo (8-Sep-1954)
    Casbah (Apr-1948) · Odette
    Stormy Weather (17-Nov-1943) · Herself
    Star Spangled Rhythm (18-Dec-1942) · Herself

Author of books:
Katherine Dunham's Journey to Accompong (1946, travelogue)
Dances of Haiti (1947)
A Touch of Innocence (1959, memoir)
Island Possessed (1969)



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