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Our Mission is to educate individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds about the history of African Americans and to examine and tell the stories of a still marginalized population in America.  Guided by the Black Hollywood Legends that created the original Cambridge Players; The Next Generation continues to create roles for minority actors and scholarships for the under privileged of all races and ethnicities in multiple disciplines. The Legacy continues on.   

 

Juanita Moore began her stage career dancing in the chorus of numerous shows ranging from the thriving nightclubs of Harlem in the 1930’s to the London Palladium and the Moulin Rouge in Paris at the age of 17, where she was back chorus dancer of Josephine Baker. Returning home to Los Angeles, because of the untimely death of her mother, she took a job working in a chicken restaurant frequented by Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper who became her friend, she  took acting classes with numerous soon-to-be-famous actors (including Norma Jean Baker -"Marilyn Monroe", Jessica Tandy and so many). she would share her lunch with Norma Jean as the other students were not kind to Norma Jean.  Juanita, most famous role was as housekeeper Annie Johnson in the 1959 remake of Imitation of Life. Moore's portrayal of the broken-hearted Annie, whose daughter Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) passes for white, won her a nomination for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Laurel Awards for "Best Supporting Actress". She is the fourth Black Actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category, and the third in the Supporting Actress category.She joined the Black-founded Ebony Showcase Theatre with founder Nick Stewart "Lightnin" on"Amos and Andy" Fame" and performed with them for decades. In the 1980’s, Moore became a founding member of the Cambridge Players (named for actor-director Edmund J. Cambridge) which also included Esther Rolle, Helen Martin, Lynn Hamilton and Royce Wallace, with supporting players, Isabel Sanford, Maya Angelou and Beah Richards, The legacy continues today under the stewardship of CEO-President Kirk E. Kelleykahn, Vice-President Jeff Nutting, Artistic Director "Lynn Hamilton with the award winning "Cambridge Players".

 
 

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Juanita Moore
Esther Rolle
Lynn Hamilton
Helen Martin
Royce Wallace
Edmund J. Cambridge 

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SUPPORTING MEMBERS

Isabel Sanford

Beah Richards

Maya Angelou

 

 

GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS

James Izzo

Jill Meyer

Jeffrey Nutting

Jens Olsen

Aloma B. Law

Alys Marshall

Bobbie Campbell

Pat Forte’

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