Harry Belafonte Children and Wives – All You Need to Know

American singer, activist, and actor, Harry Belafonte just died and this article gives the rundown about all his children and wives.

Harry Belafonte, the singer credited with popularizing calypso in the U.S. in the 1950s who then marched at the forefront of the country’s civil rights struggle for half a century, has died.

Belafonte passed away on Tuesday, April 25th 2023, according to his spokesperson.

He was 96 years old.

Interest has spiked in the late singer Harry Belafonte’s children and wives.

Nigeriabombshell.com breaks down everything there is to know in this article.

Harry Belafonte Children

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Harry Belafonte was married three times and had four children.

His four children include three daughters and a son. Harry Belafonte’s children’s names are Adrienne, Shari, David and Gina Belafonte.

Belafonte had three wives – Marguerite Byrd, Julie Robinson and Pamela Frank.

Harry was married to Marguerite Byrd from 1948 to 1957. The pair welcomed two daughters during their marriage, Adrienne and Shari

He married his second wife, Julie Robinson, in 1957. They welcomed daughter Gina and son David during their 47-year marriage. The couple divorced in 2004. He married his third wife, Pamela Frank, in 2008, but they did not welcome any children.

Adrienne Belafonte

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Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer is the oldest daughter of famed actor and humanitarian, Harry Belafonte. Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art from West Virginia State College and a Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from the West Virginia Graduate College/Marshall University.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor, former chair of the Wet Virginia Board of Examiners of Counseling which deals with counseling licensure and ethical issues concerning counselors in West Virginia.

For 25 years she had a private counseling practice focusing on children and their families. She is presently a Learning Specialist at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.

She is also Executive Director of the Anir Foundation, an organization she and her daughter Rachel Blue started in 1997 Rachel Blue Biesemeyer is the oldest daughter of Adrienne & David Biesemeyer

Shari Belafonte

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Shari Lynn Belafonte is an American actress, model, writer and singer. She is the second of four children of the late singer Harry Belafonte.

She was born to Harry Belafonte and his first wife, Marguerite Byrd Belafonte, on September 22 1954. Her parents separated when her mother was pregnant with her.

She began her career as a fashion model before making her big screen debut appearing in the 1982 drama film If You Could See What I Hear. She is best known for her role as Julie Gillette in the ABC drama series Hotel from 1983 to 1988. She later went to star in the Canadian science fiction series Beyond Reality (1991–93).

Belafonte also released two studio albums in the 1980s, and acted on stage in later years.

Shari attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, Massachusetts and Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, then Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts before transferring to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama.

She married her first husband, Robert Harper, in 1977. The pair divorced in 1988. Shari married her second husband, actor Sam Behrens, in 1989.

David Belafonte

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David Belafonte was born on September 30, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Timebomb (1991), The Christmas Pearl and The History of Everything Circa 1993: F/K/A Kissy Cousins Monster Babies (2018).

He has been married to Malena Belafonte since 2000. They have two children. David and his wife Malena also own and operate two business ventures, The Journey Fashion Festival incorporating fashion, entertainment, and the arts, and the Pink Pirate Agency focusing on creating business opportunities and support for designers, artists, brands, sponsors, and talent worldwide.

David was born to late singer Harry Belafonte and Julie Robinson.

An Emmy Award-winning, Grammy-nominated producer, Davids served as vice-president and executive director of Belafonte Enterprises for two decades.

Incorporated in 1957, Belafonte Enterprises was created as the infrastructure to handle the demanding and diverse career of performer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte, David’s father.

Over a forty-year span they produced a broad variety of award-winning records, films, television specials, and live events. During his many years working with his father, David has made invaluable contacts and connections crossing industries and disciplines throughout the world.

He also reportedly holds a black belt in Brazilian Jujitsu.

Gina Belafonte

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Born and raised in New York City, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. She is the youngest child of Julie Robinson and Harry Belafonte.

She is an award-winning Producer, Director, Actress, Educator, Prison Abolitionist, and Freedom Activist. Co-founder of Sankofa.org, Gina has been using art as a tool for over 25 years to communicate messages of hope and civic engagement.

Since its creation in 2013 Sankofa.org has been on the front lines and at the intersection of art and activism, organizing thousands to stand up for justice. As one of the lead organizers, Gina helped create one of the largest Marches in US history, as a Women’s March Los Angeles co-Chair, MC and producer.

One of Gina’s favorite things is collaboration and she has contributed to and partnered on many projects with artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Alfre Woodard, Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Jesse Williams,  Douglas Miles, Shepard Farey, Ernesto Farrell, Hank Willis Thomas, and For Freedoms to name a few.

Harry Belafonte Wives

As mentioned earlier, Belafonte had three wives – Marguerite Byrd, Julie Robinson and Pamela Frank.

Marguerite Byrd

Marguerite Belafonte was born on October 12, 1923 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She was an actress, known for Night of the Quarter Moon (1959). She was previously married to Harry Belafonte.

She died on February 15, 1998 in Washington D.C., USA.

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson was born on September 14, 1928 in the USA. She is an actress and costume designer, known for Lust for Life (1956), A Safe Place (1971) and Buck and the Preacher (1972). She was previously married to Harry Belafonte.

Pamela Frank

Pamela Frank is Harry Belafonte’s third wife and his current spouse before his death.

Little is known about Pamela aside the fact that she is a photographer and quite devoted to Belafonte.

Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank got married in 2008.

Harry Belafonte death

Singer, actor and human rights activist Harry Belafonte died Tuesday, April 25th 2023 at age 96 of congestive heart failure.

Belafonte was born in Harlem. His parents were from the Caribbean; his mother was Jamaican, and his father was from the island of Martinique. His mother, who was a cleaning lady, took him back to her native Jamaica, where he absorbed the island’s culture.

elafonte dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. After serving in World War II, he was working as a janitor’s assistant, when someone gave him tickets to a performance at the American Negro Theatre. He was riveted.

He started training there, alongside Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. He also started singing in clubs. Pretty soon, he had a recording contract.

In 1954, he won a Tony Award for a revue called “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac: A Musical Harlequinade.” He starred in movies and appeared on TV variety shows. In 1959, he was given a one-hour show on CBS. Called “The Revlon Revue: Tonight With Belafonte,” the program had dance numbers, folk songs, and both Black and white performers.

The program won an Emmy Award — the first for an African-American.

Harry Belafonte was survived by his four children.


There are some questions over whether Harry Belafonte was communist?

He denied the accusations during a lecture with the Red Bull Music Academy.

“There was a time when things that I did which were charged to me with being a traitor to this country and that my communist behavior… I was not a communist – I had believed deeply in the teachings of Karl Marx, because long before communism adopted his philosophy as a social thinker, if you read Marx very carefully and the definitions that he brought on economic construct and how the economy was arranged to keep peoples of color in particular in a place of oppression, it was a good way of nurturing my thoughts on the subject,” Belafonte said.

“I think when we took up the master’s jargon, black America cut off one of its great tributaries of knowledge. It became more anti-communist than it became pro-black. I think that I lost a lot of work, a lot parts I could have played, a lot of pictures,”

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