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Harlem 1948 Episode 5 My man, sweet as chocolate!

As a teenager, Juanita Hill sang in the church choir at the local Catholic church. The year after the release of “Miracle in Harlem,” Hill won a Tony Award for her role as Bloody Mary in the Oscar and Hammerstein production of the Broadway play “South Pacific.”

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The singer Juanita Hill (1901-1968) was born in South Keyport, New Jersey. As a teenager, she sang in the church choir at the local Catholic church. Her parents were Irish and African American.

The year after the release of "Miracle in Harlem," Hill won a Tony Award for her role as Bloody Mary in the Oscar and Hammerstein production of the Broadway play "South Pacific." Gene Kelley was the director. Her most famous song in "South Pacific" was "Bali Ha'i."

Hill also played Madam Liang in the original stage and film versions of "Flower Drum Song."

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