Julie Belafonte is the daughter of late singer Harry Belafonte and has made numerous television and movie appearances, most notably portraying Tamara in Los Angeles-based play Tamara for an extended run.
She made numerous television movie appearances including Buck and the Preacher and Uptown Saturday Night alongside Sidney Poitier.
Early Life and Education
Belafonte was one of the world’s most beloved entertainers during the 1950s, yet also an outspoken supporter of civil rights issues and an admirer of activist Paul Robeson – revered by many black artists and intellectuals at that time.
He starred with James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge and Joan Fontaine in 1957’s controversial Island in the Sun film about an interracial romance. As part of his performance he faced many racial prejudices; for example he was forbidden from using main entrances of hotels in certain Southern cities and often faced evening curfews at different venues.
He resumed acting in the 1990s, appearing in two films directed by Robert Altman (Kansas City (1996) for which he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award), as well as Emilio Estevez’s Bobby (2006).
Belafonte rose to stardom during the 1970s through numerous cinematic roles, such as Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and White Man’s Burden (1996). Additionally, he made his mark as Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated and featured as himself in Bobby, an account of that event.
Since 1987, he has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and celebrity spokesperson on juvenile justice issues. Furthermore, he supports the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as being an avid prostate cancer supporter.
Gina and David Belafonte, his children with Marguerite Byrd, as well as actor Adrienne Belafonte’s father are his three grandchildren from his first wife Marguerite Byrd. Julie Robinson, his second wife is an actress and costume designer; she has appeared in films like Lust for Life, A Safe Place and Buck and the Preacher, while also starring in Los Angeles production of Tamara for several years.
Achievement and Honors
Belafonte has received some of the highest honors available to performers, including a Kennedy Center Honor in 1989 and the National Medal of Arts in 1994. As one of the first musicians to draw international attention to South African apartheid by introducing audiences worldwide to Miriam Makeba singer Miriam Makeba was introduced as one of UNICEF goodwill ambassadors; replacing Danny Kaye.
He has appeared in various films and television shows. Gina Belafonte, his daughter, is both an actress and social justice activist.
She began as a seductive cover girl model before making her film debut in 1982’s If You Could See What I Hear. Additionally, she has appeared in long-running Los Angeles production of Tamara as well as hosting an internationally syndicated series.
Harry Belafonte boasts an estimated net worth of approximately $30 Million dollars and serves as an UNICEF goodwill ambassador and promoter for various events. Additionally, he has been married twice and has two children named Gina and David Belafonte.
Belafonte first married Marguerite Byrd and had two daughters with her: Adrienne and Shari. Following his divorce, in 1957 he married Julie Robinson – an actress from many of Belafonte’s films such as Lust for Life and Buck and the Preacher – whom he would eventually divorce and marry Julie Robinson later.
Robinson shares two grown children from her previous relationship. Although her personal life remains private, Robinson often attends events promoted by her former spouse and hosts a syndicated television show.
She is best-known for her roles in movies such as Buck and the Preacher, Lust for Life and Safe Place. Additionally, she worked as costume designer. Prior to beginning acting career she belonged to Katherine Dunham Dance company before making leap into Hollywood acting industry.
She appeared on various television programs including Hart to Hart, Trapper John, M.D, Nip/Tuck and Diff’rent Strokes as a regular guest, including Sonic the Hedgehog and Gravedale High; she also served as a regular guest on ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital from 1981 – 1983 as a regular guest.
She married Harry Belafonte twice and has two children: Gina and David. Currently living in New York City, Gina’s net worth has been estimated to be approximately $1 Million as of 2018. Gina is an American citizen.