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                    LOLA FALANA

BIRTH DATE: September 11, 1942, Camden, New Jersey 

BIRTH NAME: Loletha Elaine Falana 

NICKNAME: First Lady of Las Vegas 

CLAIM TO FAME: Lola is no doubt known as an all around
entertainer. Perhaps she's best known for her signature 
song "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" 

FAMILY LIFE: Feliciano Tavares (1971 - 1975) (divorced) 

INFO: Lola Falana left home as a teenager to seek her fortune 
in entertainment. She often slept in subway stations before 
finding work. She Studied African dance, and her big break 
was appearing opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in "Golden Boy" in 1964. 
She then toured Italy and won fame there in two Italian movies. 
She toured with the Tavares Brothers in the 1970s and married 
Feliciano "Butch" Tavares. In 1979, Lola became the highest-paid 
entertainer in Las Vegas, thus earning her the title, "First 
Lady of Las Vegas".

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TRIVIA: Is of African-American and Cuban descent.

Posed Naked for Playboy 1970

Was nominated for Broadway's 1975 Tony Award as Best 
Actress (Musical) for "Doctor Jazz."

Was a protege of Dinah Washington.

Recorded on Reprise Records, the label owned by Frank 

The SCTV character "Lola Heatherton," played by Catherine 
O’Hara, was derived from the first name of Lola Falana 
and the last name of Joey Heatherton. See the WATN on
Joey Heatherton by visiting:

9/11 REVELATION: On September 10th, 2001, the eve of her 
59th birthday, Falana's evening prayers were interrupted 
by a "voice."

As Falana later recounted to Jet magazine, the voice said, 
"Today is the last day things will be as they are. Tomorrow 
nothing will be the same again."

The next day Falana, who lived in Las Vegas at the time, got
a call from her mother in Philadelphia about the attacks.

"It made me become a servant for God," Falana said. "I know 
beyond a shadow of a doubt that God lives and that He is the 
authority on everything on this earth. What He allows is for 
the greater good for humanity."

WHERE IS SHE NOW: Was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; after 
a brief period of (1987) remission, her MS returned in 1996.

"I woke up one day with a crooked face, a crooked mouth, and 
dragging limbs," Lola told Ebony magazine in 1988. "The whole 
left side - my arms and legs were dragging. And I woke up one 
day and said okay, it's not about physical prowess and glamour 
any more, Falana."

She had been stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. Left in a 
crippled state, it was impossible to continue performing, 
forcing the cancellation of nearly $2 million dollars in 
signed contracts.

With help from family and friends, Lola Falana methodically 
battled her way back to health and made a triumphant return to 
Las Vegas in 1989 with several sold-out shows at the Sand's 
Hotel. But Lola's priorities had shifted during her illness; 
she turned her back on the entertainment industry after that 
Vegas gig.

Lola has recovered sufficiently from her second attack of 
multiple sclerosis in 1996, which sent her to her parents' 
home in Philadelphia, to make her own home in her beloved 
Las Vegas.

In 1991 she converted to Catholicism and began giving lectures 
in churches that are described as part sermon, part personal 

After 9/11, Falana became a spokeswoman for Save Sub-Saharan 
Orphans but refuses to give interviews about her show biz career 
it's said she despises her former life and shuns all publicity

Her sole public performance since 1990 was joining Wayne Newton 
on stage for his 1997 Branson Christmas show. 

Today Lola Falana lives a quiet life in the city of Las Vegas. 

WRITE TO LOLA: This is Lola's last know entertainment contact
info. Don't know if they forward things onto her or not.

Lola Falana 
Capital Entertainment
217 Seaton Place NE
Washington, DC 20002 

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Mad About You (1990) .... Casey's Secretary
"Hotel" .... Sheila Wilson (1 episode, 1986)
    - Changes of Heart (1986) TV episode .... Sheila Wilson
"Capitol" (1982) TV series .... Charity Blake (1984-1986)
"The Big Show" (1 episode, 1980)
    - Episode #1.4 (1980) TV episode 
"Vega$" .... Herself (1 episode, 1979)
    - Red Handed (1979) TV episode .... Herself
"The Muppet Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1979)
    - Episode #4.11 (1979) TV episode .... Herself
"Fantasy Island" .... Esther Bolling (1 episode, 1979)
    - Spending Spree/The Hunted (1979) TV episode .. Esther Bolling
Liberace: A Valentine Special (1979) (TV) 
"The Love Boat" .... Foxy Lady (2 episodes, 1978)
    - Marooned: Part 1 (1978) TV episode .... Foxy Lady
    - Marooned: Part 2 (1978) TV episode .... Foxy Lady
"Cos" (1976) TV series .... Frequent Guest (unknown episodes)
Lady Cocoa (1975) .... Lady Cocoa
"Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya" (1975) TV series .... Regular Performer
The Klansman (1974) .... Loretta Sykes
"The Streets of San Francisco" (1 episode, 1974)
    - A String of Puppets (1974) TV episode 
"Hai visto mai?" (1973) (mini) TV mini-series .... Hostess
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" .... Guest (1972)
    - Episode dated 10 October 1972 (1972) TV episode .... Musical Guest
"The New Bill Cosby Show" (1972) TV series .... Regular
"The Mod Squad" .... Marci Weaver (1 episode, 1970)
    - The Song of Willie (1970) TV episode .... Marci Weaver
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970) .... Emma Jones
"The F.B.I." .... Lenore Brooks (1 episode, 1969)
    - The Sanctuary (1969) TV episode .... Lenore Brooks
Quando dico che ti amo (1968) 
Lola Colt (1967) .... Lola Gate
A Man Called Adam (1966) .... Theo

    To see Then & Now pictures of Lola, visit: 

Lola Falana Then & Now


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE

Florence Henderson - ALIVE
Born: 2/14/1934

Robert Reed  - DEAD (AIDS)
Born: 10/19/1932   Died: 05/12/1992

Ann B. Davis - ALIVE
Born: 5/05/1926


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- Steve Duplantis, 35, American pro golf caddy, car accident.
- Stein Rønning, 42, Norwegian karate world champion (1990). 

- Bernie Boston, 74, American photographer, blood disease. 
- Lance Clemons, 60, American baseball relief pitcher, cancer. 
- Heath Ledger, 28, Australian Academy Award-nominated actor. 
- Billy Poole, 28, American extreme skier, skiing accident. 

- Pam Barrett, 54, Canadian politician, cancer. 
- Billy Elliott, 82, British footballer (Sunderland). 
- Burton Hatlen, 71, American literary scholar, founder of 
  the National Poetry Foundation, pneumonia. 
- Wesley Ngetich, 34, Kenyan marathon runner, homicide by poison arrow. 
- Marie Smith Jones, 89, American last known native speaker of 
  the Eyak language, natural causes.  

- Tommy McQuater, 93, British jazz trumpeter. 
- James LeVoy Sorenson, 86, American medical device inventor and 
  billionaire philanthropist, cancer. 
- Eudoxia Woodward, 88, American painter, cancer.  

- Creighton Burns, 82, Australian editor of The Age newspaper, cancer. 
- Victor S. Johnson, Jr., 91, American lawyer, president of 
  Aladdin Industries, colon cancer.  
- Frances Lewine, 86, American journalist and White House 
  Correspondent, stroke. 
- Suzanne Pleshette, 70, American actress (The Bob Newhart Show, 
  The Birds), respiratory failure. 
- Eugene Sawyer, 73, American politician, Mayor of Chicago 
  (1987–1989), series of strokes.  
- John Stewart, 68, American musician (The Kingston Trio), stroke. 
- Don Wittman, 71, Canadian sports broadcaster for CBC, cancer. 

- Wally Fielding, 88, British footballer (Everton). 
- Georgia Frontiere, 80, American majority-owner of NFL team 
  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, breast cancer.  
- Bertram James, 92, British World War II airman, participant 
  in The Great Escape.  
- Richard Knerr, 82, American co-founder of Wham-O, inventor of 
  the frisbee and Hula Hoop, stroke. 
- Frank Lewin, 82, American composer, heart failure. 
- Lois Nettleton, 80, American actress, lung cancer. 
- Lou Palmer, 75, American radio personality and announcer, 
  brain hemorrhage. 
- Anthony M. Solomon, 88, American President of Federal Reserve 
  Bank of New York (1980–1985), kidney failure. 
- John Stroger, 78, American politician, former President of the 
  Cook County, Illinois Board, stroke.  

- Edward Clark Bryant, 92, American statistician, founder of Westat. 
- Bobby Fischer, 64, American chess grandmaster, world champion, 
  kidney failure. 
- Edward D. Hoch, 77, American writer of detective fiction. 
- Ernie Holmes, 59, American Pittsburgh Steelers defensive 
  tackle (1972–1977), car accident. 
- Carole Lynne, 89, British actress, widow of Baron Delfont. 
- John McHale, 86, American player/executive in Major League Baseball. 
- Allan Melvin, 84, American actor (The Phil Silvers Show, The 
  Brady Bunch, All in the Family), cancer. 
- Jinzo Toriumi, 78, Japanese novelist and screenwriter (Speed 
  Racer, Gatchaman, Armored Trooper Votoms), liver cancer. 

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