beautiful, and talented are the words that are frequently
used when describing glamorous Florence LaRue, the
original female member of The 5th Dimension. Whether on stage
performing, lecturing or serving as a celebrity judge for
the Miss Universe Pageant, Miss LaRue juggles her roles as
actress, entertainer, and humanitarian with the same electric
perfection that she devotes to ballads such as "One Less
Bell' which bears The 5th Dimension trademark. "I give
my best to whatever I am involved with" explains the
mother, teacher, and concerned citizen, who is also a six-time
Grammy winning star.
American Society of Jewelry Executives named Miss LaRue one
of the ten most beautiful women in the world. When asked how
she felt about being placed on a list beside such legendary
beauties as Sophia Loren and Lena Horne, LaRue laughed, "Naturally
I'm honored, but I truly believe that beauty comes from within.
What I see when I look in the mirror is someone who tries
to look her best and stay healthy mentally, physically and
the personal side, Miss LaRue's interests include cooking,
music of various styles (especially country, gospel, classical
and jazz), reading (particularly inspirational books and biographies
of show business personalities), charity work,and her escalating
speaking and acting careers.
as an expert on success and beauty, Miss LaRue turns her many
into delightful stories that are uplifting and inspiring.
She excites audiences at conventions, community events, churches
and organizations. Her primary topics: "Success,"
"Beauty," and "Relationships." are leading
her to rapidly becoming a sought after lecturer and speaker.The
seed to her acting ambitions was nurtured when she appeared
in the CBS movie of the week.
with Dom DeLuise. Performing in the national tour of Broadway's
Tony award winning musical. "Ain't Misbehavin" and then
starring in the Toronto production of "Mo Magic" (held
over by popular demand for three weeks) and the Calvary production
of "More Magic" have all helped fulfill Florence's dream
of working in theatre. "It's exciting!" she says."
I moved to California to pursue a career in big screen movies and
this brings me one step closer."
the past, Miss LaRue has: co-hosted the Arthritis Telethon with
Jayne Wyman, judged two segments of "Puttin' on the Hits,"
appeared as a celebrity guest on "Star Search," led the
nationwide audience of "Hour Magazine" to fitness with
a televised aerobic lesson, and has been a special guest on numerous
television shows, including several appearances on "The Dale
Evans Show," "The Today Show," "The Carol Lawrence
Show" and numerous other Christian and secular programs. She
considered it a great blessing to have been a member of the Billy
Graham Crusade choir in November 2004.
one to avoid challenges, it was Florence who initially embraced
the cause of abused children as a charitable effort for The 5th
Dimension. "Anything involving children has always been of
special concern to me. When I made the other members of the group
aware of the plight of neglected and abused children, they eagerly
joined me in seeking help for this serious problem." Perhaps
her background as an educator is partially responsible for the entertainer's
concern for young people. Florence graduated from college and received
her teaching credential while performing as a member of The 5th
Dimension. To her, education and spiritual guidance are two entities
that will ultimately free suffering children and the emotionally
conflicted parents who abuse them. "There are programs that
can and do work," she explains, pointing to Olive Crest Home
for Children in Southern California and The Celebrity Action Council,
both of which she is actively involved with.
she recently traveled with a medical/evangelism team to The Gambia,
West Africa, Miss LaRue gained such compassion for the people that
she plans to continue mission work in Africa and other countries
(including the United States!). In 1986, Florence LaRue
was named Woman of the Year by The City of Hope, and received their
prestigious Spirit of Life Award, which resulted in a research fellowship
being established in her name for extensive study and treatment
of gynecological cancer. Miss LaRue also founded and served on the
educational committee of The Mid-City Chamber of Commerce.
leader of the 5th Dimension, Florence accepts her responsibility
with grace and style. Leadership means more to me than being the
featured vocalist or making major decisions. It means having patience
and maturity in reaching out to others, humbly listening and considering
their suggestions and helping them to reach their goals. I don't
know whether or not I'll always live up to those expectations, but
I do know that I will certainly work hard at it.
she plans to continue with The 5th Dimension, Miss LaRue is excited
about the new direction her career has taken as a solo artist. She
also plans to add two titles behind her name: After writing the
lyrics to the beautiful ballad. "Say." recorded by "The
5th Dimension", Florence was inspired to continue her song
writing. She is also in the process of writing a book and recording
a solo CD.
active member of The Church On The Way, in Van Nuys, California,
Florence is clearly a star who shines for God. She is grateful to
Him for the opportunity to speak and minister in the secular world
through her music, writing, and acting, and for blessing her with
success, and she looks forward to what He has planned for her future.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16