Charlotte Lottie Grady was a pioneer stage actress of the early 2oth century. She performed as a singer, dancer, comedian, and dramatic actress.
Grady was born on September 8, 1887, in Chicago, Illinois. From a very young age, Grady was recognized as being a talented singer, dancer, and actress. She starred in William Foster’s “The Pullman Porter,” in 1912, the first black motion picture production.
Grady later became the leading lady of the Pekin Theatre Stock Company, a collection of actors and actresses who produced and performed in plays and put on other dramatic presentations.
During her career, Grady performed with other well-known names including Bert Williams, Jesse Shipp, and S. H. Dudley.
Grady retired from performing when she met and married a Detroit attorney; after their divorce, she moved to the resort town of Idlewild, Michigan, where she operated for thirty years a popular restaurant and tavern (Rosanna’s).