Singeractress JENI LEGON has died at the age of 96.

The star, who was one of the first African-American females to establish a solo career in tap dancing, passed away on 7 December (12) in British Columbia, Canada.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, LeGon got her first job when she was 13 as a chorus-line dancer in the Count Basie Orchestra.

She then moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in entertainment.

In 1935 she made her film debut in the musical Hooray for Love, alongside the likes of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson and Fats Waller, and she went on to perform in nearly 20 other movies, including Arabian Nights, Ali Baba Goes to Town with Eddie Cantor, Lena Horne's Stormy Weather, Easter Parade starring Fred Astaire, and Hi-De-Ho, which featured Cab Calloway.

In addition, LeGon appeared in musicals on Broadway and in London's West End.

Later in life, she opened her own dance studio in Los Angeles and took up teaching in Vancouver.

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