FRUITS OF THE MOOD

FRUITS OF THE MOOD
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Lola Falana


Here is a famous and exciting song performed in Italian by the beautiful Lola Falana.
Lola Falana (born Loletha Elaine Falana in 1942 in Camden, New Jersey) is an American dancer and actress of Cuban and African American descent. By the age of three she was dancing, and by age five she was singing in the church choir. By the time she was in junior high school, she was already dancing in nightclubs to which she was escorted by her mother. Pursuing a musical career became so important to Falana that, against her parents' wishes, she left her Philadelphia high school a few months before graduation and moved to New York City. Her first dancing gig was at "Small's Paradise" in Harlem. Dinah Washington, the “Queen of Blues”, was influential in fostering Lola’s early career. While dancing in a nightclub, Falana was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr., who gave her a featured role in his 1964 Broadway musical "Golden Boy". Lola's first single, "My Baby", was recorded for Mercury Records in 1965. Later in her career she recorded under Frank Sinatra's record label. In the late 1960's Falana was mentored by Davis. In 1966 Davis cast her, along with himself in her first film role in the film "A Man Called Adam". Falana became a major star of Italian cinema beginning in 1967. In Italy she learned to speak fluent Italian while starring in three movies. She was known as the "Black Venus". During this time she was busy touring with Davis as a singer and dancer, making films in Italy, and reprising her role in "Golden Boy" during its revival in London. In 1969 Falana ended her close working relationship with Sammy Davis Jr., though the two remained friends. In 1970, Falana made her American film debut in "The Liberation of L.B. Jones" and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress for her performance. That same year she posed for Playboy magazine. She was the first black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely to blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads. In those early years, she also starred in a few movies considered to be of the blaxploitation genre. American TV audiences became familiar with Falana during the early 1970's. She often appeared on The Joey Bishop Show and The Hollywood Palace, displaying her talent for music, dance, and light comedy. She was the first supporting player hired by Bill Cosby for his much-anticipated variety hour, The New Bill Cosby Show, which made its debut on September 11, 1972 on CBS. Throughout the mid-1970's Falana made guest appearances on many popular TV shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Laugh-In and The Flip Wilson Show. She also starred in her own television specials. In 1975 she returned to Broadway as the lead in the musical "Doctor Jazz". Although the production closed after just five performances, Lola was nominated for a Tony Award and won the 1975 Theater World Award. With help from Sammy Davis, Falana brought her act to Las Vegas and became a top draw there. By the late 1970's, she was considered the Queen of Las Vegas. She played to sold-out crowds at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. Finally The Aladdin offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Falana was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas. Her show ran twenty weeks a year and became a major tourist attraction. After a severe illness, she converted to Roman Catholicism. Though she performed again in Las Vegas shows in 1987, her practice of religion and faith became the center of her life. Her last musical performance was in 1997, at Wayne Newton's theater in Branson, Missouri.
Enjoy Lola Falana's beauty and chic!

Sunny
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And here is another beautiful performance!
Wouldn’t it be lovely
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