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date: 25 May 2020

Dearing, Judy locked

(28 Feb. 1940–30 Sept. 1995), costume designer and dancer, was born in Manhattan,
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the daughter of Elizabeth Dearing, a nurse from Tuskegee, Alabama and Charles Dearing, a tailor from Manhattan. She had two sisters, Carole and Bianca, and also two brothers, Charles and Andre. Dearing reported that she inherited her tailoring talent from her both parents. She grew up in Manhattan and graduated from City College with a B.A. in mathematics and science.

Dearing’s dream was to become a dancer and an actor, but she is ultimately known for her skill as a costume designer. She began as a dancer with Chuck Davis at The Ailey School and with the Sun Ock Lee Dance Company and Mariam Makeba. She acted in The Great MacDaddy and Dream on Monkey Mountain with the Negro Ensemble Company, which was founded in New York in 1967 She married John Parks an accomplished dancer at The Ailey School with whom she had a daughter Aissatou She and ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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