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Birth Place: Dale, Indiana, USA
Born on Feb. 14, 1934 in Dale, IN, Henderson was raised one of ten siblings by her father, Joseph, a tobacco farmer, and her mother, Elizabeth. Vocally gifted at an early age - she reportedly knew and could sing note-perfect renditions of over 50 popular tunes at the age of two - Henderson attended St. Francis Academy in Owensboro, KY, before making her way to New York's American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Henderson landed her first professional acting role on stage at 17 in the 1952 musical "Wish You Were Here," and her skills soon attracted the attention of legendary composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, who tapped her to play the lead in the national touring company of "Oklahoma!"View All Pictures >>
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