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Remembering Gregory Hines

By: AP
By: AP

The man who directed him in "Jelly's Last Jam'' says Gregory Hines was "the last of a kind of immaculate performer.''

George C. Wolfe remembers Hines as a singer, dancer, actor and a
personality ``who knew how to command.''

Hines died of cancer Saturday at 57.

Actress Bernadette Peters says Hines' dancing ``came from something very real.'' She appeared with his as co-host of last year's Tony Awards show.

Hines is also being remembered by people off-Broadway and away
from Hollywood. The manager of a Washington D-C dance studio where
Hines used to volunteer his time and teach says he was always
willing to share his stories and talent.

Nancy Newell of D-C Dance Collective says Hines ``saved'' tap-dancing as an art form, at a time in the 70s when it was essentially nearing extinction.


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