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Florence LaRue is an actress, humanitarian, and Grammy[1] award-winning singer. She is best known as the original female lead singer of The 5th Dimension.

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Early life

LaRue was born on February 4, 1944 in Plainfield New Jersey but moved to Glenside, Pennsylvania when she was young.[2] She began her musical education studying dance and violin. Her family moved to Los Angeles where she earned an Associate's Degree in Music from Los Angeles City College. She Later received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from California State University.[3]

The 5th Dimension

Main Article: The 5th Dimension

In 1966, LaRue was approached by Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo to join their recently formed group The 5th Dimension. She came to be the main femaie vocalist of the group after Marilyn McCoo's departure, being lead singer on hit songs including "Love Hangover" (1976).[4]

Acting and Theater Career

She appeared in the CBS movie of the week "Happy" with Dom DeLuise. She also performed in the national tour of Broadway's Tony Award winning musical "Ain't Misbehavin", starred in the Toronto and Calvary productions of "Mo' Magic".

In the past, LaRue co-hosted the Arthritis Telethon with Jayne Wyman, judged two segments of "Puttin' on the Hits," appeared as a celebrity guest on Star Search, and been a special guest on numerous television shows, including several appearances on The Dale Evans Show, The Today Show, The Carol Lawrence Show and numerous other Christian and secular programs.[5]

Current Singing Career

As of April 2009, the group is actively touring as "Florence LaRue & The Fifth Dimension" led by LaRue with Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris, and Floyd Smith.[6]

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