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BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE
USA: First Run Features
Cast: Bertye Lou Wood, Cleo Hayes, Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Fay Ray, Geri Kennedy
Director: Heather Lyn MacDonald
USA: 81 mins
USA Release Date: 21 July 2006 (Limited Release - New York)
BEEN RICH ALL MY LIFE is a documentary about the Silver Belles dance troupe from the 1930s.
The youngest is 84, the oldest is 95, and none is ready to give up dancing yet. The Silver Belles are a group of classy, sassy hoofers who met in the 1930s as chorus dancers at the famed Apollo and Cotton Clubs. There, they learned their trade and performed with legendary bandleaders and performers including Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.
They also formed lifelong friendships. When the dancers met up again in 1985, they discovered that they'd lost none of their moves, and their performances have been packing in crowds at concert halls in New York.