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Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her three time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi- faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician, has in fact, spanned decades.
Lea holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless Television and Film roles portraying Police Lieutenants, PE Teachers and the Lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women. Selected TV credits: “Awkward,” “Clarence,” “Californication,” “The Oblongs,” “One Live to Live,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Will and Grace,” “Friends” & “Matlock.” Selected Film credits: First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen.
She’s received Obie & Theater World Awards, and a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal as ‘Hildy’ in the Public Theatre’s revival of On The Town, an Ovation nomination for The Boys From Syracuse, and has played both Eddie & Dr. Scott in the gender-bending Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show.
Lea was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Lea has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.
Her sixth record, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the Summer of 2015 to critical acclaim. Follow
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If you’ve ever doubted that one person can truly make an extraordinary difference, look no further than Ann Maguire’s legacy. The Worcester native began her career in public service as the campaign manager for Elaine Noble, who in 1974 won a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, becoming the first openly gay person elected to a state-level office in the United States.
Ann served as the Mayor’s Liaison to the LGBT Community from 1984 to 1987. During the 1980s, she also served on the Board of Fenway Health, was Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Political Caucus, and was a Founding Member and Vice Chair of the Boston Lesbian & Gay Political Alliance.
For decades, Ann has worked to increase breast cancer awareness and research. She was a founding member and served as Vice President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and President of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. In 1993, she was a founder of the Silent Spring Institute to study environmental links to breast cancer.
Ann has also been a tireless advocate for the homeless. She developed the first census of homeless people in Boston, which remains a model for major American cities to this day. She has volunteered with shelters such as Rosie’s Place and the Pine Street Inn, developed a food pantry, and served on the board Helping Our Women (HOW) offers direct services to Cape Cod women battling chronic and life-threatening illness and disabling conditions.
It’s hard to believe, but the above is only a sampling of the many ways Ann has helped her community and the world over her decades of service. The full story of Ann’s extraordinary legacy can be viewed in the documentary Ann Maguire: An American Hero, which premiered in Provincetown in fall of 2016.