Broadway beauty academy to be renamed after ‘beauty queen’ who died of cancer
The Broadway Beauty Academy will be renamed, NBC News has learned.
Sources told NBC News that the move will be made in order to honor the late Jasmine Gentry, who died in May 2017 after battling cancer.
Gentry was born in the Bronx in 1935 and rose to prominence on Broadway during the 1940s, and became known as the “Queen of Broadway.”
She began performing in her own production company, The Ragged Flagon, in 1944, and performed in dozens of shows before the age of 28.
She went on to become a major star, winning four Tony Awards, and the Academy Award for Best Play in 1949.
The Academy has long been a hub for performing arts in the U.S., but the move is part of a larger overhaul at the Academy.
Last year, President Joe Biden signed an executive order allowing the Academy to be called The Theatre Academy, a nod to the name of a theater company in New York.