Lea Michele, actor, singer
August 29, 1986-
Lea Michele (Stars of Today Series) by Jody Jensen Shaffer (The Child’s World, 2013)
A look at Lea Michele’s rise to fame as a singer/actress on the Glee television series and what she’s looking forward to in the future.
Demi Lovato, singer, actor
August 20, 1992-
Demi Lovato: Taking Another Chance by Jody Jensen Shaffer (Lerner Publishing, 2013)
Get to know the real Demi Lovato in this behind the scenes look into the singer/actress, and how she’s overcome bullying and personal challenges to rise to fame.
Lena Horne, musician
June 30, 1917-May 9, 2010
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)
Horne, best known for her hit song, Stormy Weather, sang and acted in several Hollywood musicals beginning in 1938.
PBS Online News Hour celebrated Horne’s 80th birthday. Read all about it here.
Josephine Baker, dancer, singer
June 3, 1906-Apr. 12, 1975
Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, Singer–Who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker to you! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012).
A famous singer, actor, dancer who danced to her own beat. Rising up from the poor and breaking through racial barriers, Josephine Baker shined every time she stepped onto the stage.
Paul Robeson, actor, singer
Apr. 9 1898 – Jan. 23. 1976
Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by George Ford (Lee & Low Books, 2009).
The story of how actor and singer Paul Robeson used his voice to be a spokesman for equal rights for his people.