Gregory Hines Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The man who directed him in "Jelly's Last Jam" says Gregory Hines was "the last of a kind of immaculate performer."

George C. Wolfe remembers Hines as a singer, dancer, actor and a personality "who knew how to command."

Hines died of cancer Saturday at 57.

Actress Bernadette Peters says Hines' dancing "came from something very real." She appeared with his as co-host of last year's Tony Awards show.

Hines is also being remembered by people off-Broadway and away from Hollywood. The manager of a Washington DC dance studio where
Hines used to volunteer his time and teach says he was always willing to share his stories and talent.

Nancy Newell of DC Dance Collective says Hines "saved" tap-dancing as an art form, at a time in the 70s when it was essentially nearing extinction.


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