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Pearl Bailey with her husband, John Randolph Pinkett in 1950, photo by Carl Van Vetchen. ”

Pearl Mae Bailey was a famous actress and singer and Louie Bellson was a famous jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. Bellson was Duke Ellington’s first white musician and met Bailey after being introduced by a trombone player. After a courtship lasting just four days they were married, in London.

Ja’Net DuBois is shown in 1964 at the time she shared the Broadway stage with none other than Sammy Davis in “Golden Boy.” The Brooklyn-born diva co-wrote and sang the theme from “The Jeffersons” and of course, you know that she was “Willona” on “Good Times” in the 1970s. She is also a co-founder (with Danny Glover and Ayuko Babu) of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival. Photo: John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images.

Esther Rolle! "I told them (the producers) I couldn`t compound the lie that Black fathers don`t care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television." - referring to her show "Good Times" and her insistence on having a husband and father figure" ~ The beautiful Esther Rolle

Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis in August 1968 attending the premiere of ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ in New York City. Tyson and Davis were not a couple at the time - they actually married in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.