August 6, 1930
Chicago, Illinois, United States
August 14, 2010
New York, New York, United States
Actress-musician Abbey Lincoln made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for more than four decades. In her early acting career, Lincoln appeared in such films as "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and "Nothing But a Man" (1964). Lincoln's talent was recognized early on when she received a nomination for a best supporting actress Golden Globe Award for "For Love of Ivy" in 1968 for her incredible performance. Her work around this time also included a part on the TV movie "Short Walk to Daylight" (ABC, 1972-73). She also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Abbey Lincoln, You Gotta Pay the Band" (1992-93), "Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters" (PBS, 1993-94) and "The Ark of the Spirit With Avery Brooks" (TBS, 1995-96). She also had roles in film during these years, including roles in the dramatic comedy "Mo' Better Blues" (1990) with Denzel Washington. Lincoln also created music for the Matt Dillon crime drama "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989). Lincoln last appeared on "Forever Ella" (1999-2000). Lincoln passed away in August 2010 at the age of 80.