Lonette McKee (born July 22, 1954) is an American film and television actress, music composer/producer/songwriter, screenwriter and director. McKee was born in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Dorothy, a Scandinavian, and Lonnie McKee, an African American bricklayer and auto manufacturer employee. McKee's career began in the music business in Detroit as a child prodigy, where she started writing music/lyrics, singing, playing keyboards and performing at the age of seven. At fourteen, she recorded her first record, which became an instant regional pop/R&B hit. McKee wrote the title song for the film Quadroon when she was fifteen. Several years later, McKee was launched to stardom with her critically accalimed performance in the hit 1976 musical drama Sparkle.
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