Harry Belafonte: Singer and civil rights activist dies aged 96


The King of Calypso, who became a major voice in America’s civil rights movement, died at home. …

As an actor, Belafonte made his Broadway debut in the musical John Murray Anderson’s Almanac in 1953, for which he won a Tony Award for supporting actor. Hollywood soon came calling, and he scored his first lead role in Island in the Sun, where he starred alongside James Mason, Joan Fontaine and Joan Collins, with whom he had an affair.


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