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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
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Billy Dee Williams to leave 'DWTS' over back problems

Billy Dee Williams to leave 'DWTS' over back problems

April 1 (UPI) -- Billy Dee Williams is not coming back for the following episode of "Dancing With the Stars," but not because he was booted off the show.
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Chelsie Hightower opens up about first week on 'DWTS'

Chelsie Hightower opens up about first week on 'DWTS'

March 19 (UPI) -- "Dancing With the Stars" pro Chelsea Hightower weighed in on each one of the performances from week one in a blog for ABC.
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'Dancing With the Stars' unveils Season 18 cast

'Dancing With the Stars' unveils Season 18 cast

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- ABC has revealed the new "crop of celebrities" that will be getting their sweat on in the upcoming Season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars."
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Sanaa Lathan talks pop culture during EW's personality test

Sanaa Lathan talks pop culture during EW's personality test

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Sanaa Lathan stopped by Entertainment Weekly to take their Pop Culture Personality Test on Monday.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 6, 2013.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 6, 2012.
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Rogers, Sabato sign up for 'Night Shift'

Rogers, Sabato sign up for 'Night Shift'

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Tristan Rogers and Antonio Sabato Jr. have joined the cast of the SOAPnet series "General Hospital: Night Shift," Disney ABC Television Group said Monday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2008.
By United Press International

United Negro College Fund to honor Smokey

PASADENA , Calif., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The United Negro College Fund says it will honor Motown recording artist, Smokey Robinson, at its upcoming 29th annual "An Evening of Stars" in California.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, April 6, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2006 with 269 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, April 6, the 96th day of 2005 with 269 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, April 6, the 97th day of 2004 with 269 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, April 6, the 96th day of 2003 with 269 to follow.
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Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams attends an evening under the stars in celebration of 'Lady Sings the Blues' special collectors edition DVD at Paramount Studios on November 1, 2005 . (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Billy Dee Williams (born William December Williams, Jr.; 6th April 1937) is an American actor, artist and writer, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films.

Williams was born in New York City, the son of Loretta, a West Indian-born elevator operator from Montserrat, and William December Williams, Sr. a Texas-born janitor. He has a twin sister, Loretta, and grew up in Harlem, where he was raised by his maternal grandmother while his parents worked at several jobs. Williams graduated from Manhattan's School of Performing Arts where he was a classmate of Diahann Carroll, who coincidentally played the wife of his character Brady Lloyd on the 1980s prime-time soap Dynasty.

He made his film debut in 1959 in The Last Angry Man starring Paul Muni, in which he portrayed a juvenile delinquent. His first big break was in the acclaimed television movie, Brian's Song in which he played Gale Sayers. In 1972 he played Billie Holliday's husband Louis McKay in Motown Productions' Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross starred in Lady Sings the Blues opposite Williams; Motown paired the two of them again three years later in Mahogany.

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