​Happy Birthday Ms. Lola Falana

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The beautiful & talented Ms Lola Falana turns 74 today. Loletha Elayne “Lola” Falana, was born in Camden, NJ. She’s a former singer, dancer, and actress.

Falana was the 1st black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely at blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads.

HEALTH PROBLEMS: In 1987, Lola Falana suffered a major setback; a relapse of multiple sclerosis. Falana’s relapse was severe; her left side was paralyzed, she became partially blind, and her voice and hearing were impaired. Recovery lasted a year and a half, during which she spent most of her time praying. Falana attributes her recovery to a spiritual experience which she described as “Being able to feel the presence of the Lord.”

She converted to Roman Catholicism and worked her newly found spirituality into her daily life. Though she performed again in Las Vegas shows in 1987, her practice of religion and faith became the center of her life. In 1995 she recorded the pro-life song “Don’t Cry, Mary” with Catholic artist Joseph Lee Hooker.

After another bout with multiple sclerosis in 1996, Falana returned to Philadelphia and lived with her parents for a short time. No longer performing, she now tours the country with a message of hope and spirituality. When not on tour, she lives a quiet life in Las Vegas working on the apostolate she founded, The Lambs of God Ministry. The ministry is focused on helping children who have been orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa, and works closely with the group Save Sub-Saharan Orphans.

Her last known musical performance was in 1997, at Wayne Newton’s theater in Branson, Missouri.

IN POP CULTURE: ?The SCTV character “Lola Heatherton,” played by Catherine O’Hara, was derived from the first name of Lola Falana and the last name of Joey Heatherton.

?On Barbershop 2: Back in Business, barber Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) admonishes his boss Calvin (Ice Cube) for making him take down his picture of Lola Falana from the wall of his booth.

?On Family Matters, Eddie (Darius McCrary) wants new high-tops that cost $70, but Carl (Reginald Vel Johnson) “would not pay $70 for shoes if Lola Falana was in them.

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    • Pamela September 12, 2017 - 7:58 pm Reply

      What a blessing you are to the Body of Christ, God bless you and your ministry efforts!!!

  • DEEDRA September 12, 2016 - 9:30 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Ms.Lola

    • Genevieve Mitchell September 11, 2017 - 10:22 am Reply

      Happy Birthday, Lady Lola Falana, for bringing so much grace, class, style, rhythm, dignity, beauty, balance, joy, laughter, talent, and humanity to our lives. You have paved the way for the rest of us. Thank you.

    • Genevieve Mitchell September 11, 2017 - 10:23 am Reply

      Happy Birthday, Lady Lola Falana, for bringing so much grace, class, style, rhythm, dignity, beauty, balance, joy, laughter, talent, and humanity to our lives. You have paved the way for the rest of us. Thank you.

  • mlr September 12, 2016 - 9:55 am Reply

    Happy Birthday, graceful Lady!
    I’m still a fan and look up to her…a trailblazer and role model personifying “black is beautiful”

  • Abdullahi Edward Tomasiewicz September 12, 2016 - 1:34 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Lola. Thanks for the memories and being one of the first to prove how Black is Beautiful

  • Barbara Tucker September 12, 2016 - 7:38 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Ms. Falana! I wish you health.

  • G.W.Luckett September 12, 2016 - 11:38 pm Reply

    Happy, happy birthday and many, many MORE!!!!!!!!

  • Joanne Thomas September 14, 2016 - 9:41 pm Reply

    Thanks for,posting any sort of news on Lola Folana.

  • james September 15, 2016 - 11:02 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Lola your friend from high school ,I still remember our first date. I wish you well and success with your work. James

  • James A. Perry Sr. September 15, 2016 - 11:06 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Lola your friend from high school ,I still remember our first date. I wish you well and success with your work. James

  • Bobbie Dee Flowers September 11, 2017 - 9:27 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Lola Falana.

  • DIANE September 11, 2017 - 9:31 am Reply

    HERE WISHING YOU A VERY BLESSED BIRTHDAY MS. LOLA FALANA.

  • Rev. Leonard Jackson September 11, 2017 - 9:36 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Lady. B-Blessed for blessing others!

  • Lloyd Bartholomew September 11, 2017 - 9:43 am Reply

    Never met you and probably never will but you are a lady to love. Happy Birthday. Thjanks for paving the way.

  • Deborah September 11, 2017 - 10:13 am Reply

    HBD Ms. Lola

  • Richard H Ingram September 11, 2017 - 10:29 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Sister Falana!! You personify everything that is beautiful about being a Black Woman!! Richard

  • Kenneth Harris September 11, 2017 - 10:36 am Reply

    Happy birthday to you Good is good I’m praying for u God bless

  • Will Agee September 11, 2017 - 11:46 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Ms. Lola!! Blessings!! 🙂

  • Peggy Green September 11, 2017 - 11:56 am Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS. LOLA!

  • Joni-Yvonne Colbert-Barker September 11, 2017 - 11:59 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Miss FALANA. You have all girls and young ladies of color the encouragement to pursue our dreams of dancing. I’m 65 and although my legs don’t want to, I still have a few moves left. Your courage is an inspiration to us all. May God continue to bless, inspire and protect you.

  • Traci McKinley September 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Tommy J. Fulcher Jr. September 11, 2017 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Happy birthday Ms. Falana:

    I have never forgotten the beautiful performance you blessed San Joses’ Black Community with back in 1983. Your graciousness, talent, intellect, and giving spirit, has left an indelible imprint on me that I have strived to emulate all of my professional life, after I had the good fortune to meet, and work with you on my project. I offer you all my best wishes, and thank you for being the role model that you are.
    I will never forget you!

  • Marshall Thompson, The Old Dude September 11, 2017 - 4:02 pm Reply

    TIME GOES BY

    It seems only yesterday, that tomorrow slipped by.
    My wishes turn to thoughts of everyday hellos.
    Your picture graciously hangs waiting for
    A signature that will never come.
    Oh how it hurts, as time goes by.

    MARSHALL THOMPSON

    The Old Dude

    The Last Poet

    (c) TYJ

  • Raymond Jenkins September 11, 2017 - 5:53 pm Reply

    Happy birthday to a beautiful woman and pioneer.

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