was born on a farm in Holdenville, Oklahoma where she watched her father milk their own cows to make butter; her mother took feathers from their ducks and chickens to make mattresses for their beds, she made quilts from their old clothes and fruit from their trees to can for the winter months; her father made syrup from the sugar cane he grew, and gathered honey from their own bee hives. These childhood memories have left fond impressions on Ann Weldon. However, it was the move to Bakersfield, CA at the age of nine that would open up her mind to another kind of world: an invitation from her new school to participate in the performing arts introduced her to the world of singing. Upon her first few performances around the age of 15, the audience's responses convinced her that singing was an undeniable career choice. Her first professional job started in the Mo Mo Club in Sacramento, and from there she went to the Moulin Rouge in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ann remembers that it was her mother who subtly pushed her career while her father enjoyed it. Though her sister Maxine and brother Charles proved to be musical as well and are now both active in show business, it was truly Ann that blazed the trail.

Ann grew up admiring Dinah Washington, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughn.She knew quite early on what she wanted to do and her talent was quickly recognized by critics. To quote the late John Wasserman: "Ann Weldon has an exquisite, smokey alto voice, as lush as sable, excellent taste, and is one of the finest interpreters of lyrics I've ever heard." Time Magazine has written, " The tall cinnamon-skinned girl has a voice like velvet- soft, rich and shimmering; her tunes chosen with care and treated with respect." She has dazzled audiences in Australia, Hawaii, Japan, Manila, Germany, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles, New York, and at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

It was Ann's intensely personal and dramatic way with performing a song that marked her as an actress long before she ever stepped onto a legitimate stage. In fact, this quality brought her to the attention of Bill Ball, artistic director of The American Theatre, where she has the distinction of being their first black leading lady. There, she starred as Dorine in "Tartuffe," Charmian in " Anthony and Cleopatra," Nerissa in "The Merchant of Venice," and Serafina in "The Rose Tattoo." Under the direction of Gower Champian, Ann played Serrita in Feydau's "Flea in Her Ear" at the Anta Theatre on Broadway and Bloody Mary in "South Pacific" at the Brundage Theatre in Arizona. Afterward, she returned to A.C.T. and L.A.T.C. to star as "Ma" in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." More recently, Ann was nominated for NAACP's Best Actress Award for her starring role in Cheryl West's "Jar The Floor" and Regina Taylor's "Crowns

Her television credits are many, including: "9 to 5," produced by Jane Fonda, "Roots," "Days of our Lives," "Woman Called Moses," starring Cicely Tyson; "Different Worlds," the "Robert Guillaume Show," "Hunter," "Franks Place," "Roc," "ER," "Martin," "High Incident," "In The House" and "Columbo." Her most rewarding experience came when she played Diana Ross's mother in "Out of Darkness", and the mother-in-law to Alfre Woodard in "What's Cooking." Other movie credits include: "Panthers" Mario Van Peebles and Clint Eastwood's "Bird." She has also done commercial voice overs for: Nissan, Pacific Bell, Borghese, Boeing and McDonalds.

An avid reader and researcher, Ann finds fulfillment in speaking at schools on topics of the contributions made by women and African Americans to science. When not working, she enjoys walking in the woods, educating herself, and watching Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. She feels that A.C.T. gave her a new direction, a new career, a new life. Her success as a singer and actress has proven to her that there are opportunities in the arts for anyone with ambition and talent, regardless of their background or training.

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