Florence LaRue

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florencelarue-framedFlorence LaRue (born 4 February 1944) is an American actresshumanitarian, and Grammy[1] award-winning singer. She is best known as the original female lead singer of The 5th Dimension. LaRue was born on February 4, 1944 in PlainfieldNew Jersey but moved to Glenside, Pennsylvania when she was young.[2] She began her musical education studying dance and violin. Her family moved to Los AngelesCalifornia where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Music from Los Angeles City College. She later received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from California State University.[3]

She appeared in the CBS movie of the week Happy with Dom DeLuise. She also performed in the national tour ofBroadway’s Tony Award winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin, starred in the Toronto and Calvary productions of “Mo’ Magic”.

In the past, LaRue co-hosted the Arthritis Telethon with Jayne Wyman, judged two segments of Puttin’ on the Hits, appeared as a celebrity guest on Star Search, and been a special guest on numerous television shows, including several appearances on The Dale Evans ShowThe Today ShowThe Carol Lawrence Show and numerous other Christian and secular programs.[5]

As of April 2009, the group is actively touring as “Florence LaRue & The Fifth Dimension” led by LaRue with Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris, and Floyd Smith.[6]

 

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