Love Conquers All! Leslie Uggams And Grahame Pratt's 54-Year Interracial Marriage Defied The Odds

Date August 13, 2019

Leslie Uggams’s prolific career began in the ’50s. She would never be forgotten for her role as Blind Al in the film Deadpool.

The actress has been entertaining us for decades. And, throughout the years, she had one loyal companion behind the scenes – her husband, Grahame Pratt.

Who is Leslie Uggams?

Born in New York City, Leslie Uggams is an actress known for her iconic role as Kizzy Reynolds in the TV miniseries Roots. She rose to fame after her role in the musical quiz show Name That Tune.

Leslie won a Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for her performance in Roots. The award-winning actress got the biggest breakthrough of her career with a role in the hit movie Deadpool. In addition to her career in acting, she also sang the cover of several songs and worked in several stage performances.

Leslie Uggams and Grahame Pratt's love story

With a great career and fame, the Roots actress has given her heart to only one man - Australian businessman Grahame Pratt. The couple, who have been married for over five decades, defied the odds as an interracial couple.

Leslie and Grahame first met while they both were students at the Professional Children's School of New York. After dating for years, the couple got married at the time a high-profile interracial marriage was rare.

Speaking to PEOPLE magazine about her husband and their marriage, the actress said:

He’s smart and witty and fearless. It was not as hard as I expected it to be.

She continued:

I think the reason is that Grahame was not an American white man. But of course, we did get mail. All of a sudden I couldn’t go anywhere because people would recognize me.

When asked how they have stayed married for this long, she said: “We laugh all the time but it ain’t always roses. We have fun together.”

Their beautiful family

Leslie Uggams and Grahame Pratt have two children – a daughter, Danielle Chambers, and a son, Justice Pratt. The actress’s two kids followed in her footsteps and chose a career in acting.

Leslie and Grahame were married at a time interracial marriage was rare. This was the start of a great romance that still continues, despite the odds.