Perfectly Fit for A. McQueen
updated 04/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Ensconced in an overstuffed throne in her own Hollywood palace, a snug apartment filled with Navajo pillows and Nepalese shaman drums, McQueen savors the raucous arc of her career. She has shimmied in Broadway's Ain't Misbehavin', spiced up both television (on such shows as L.A. Law) and film (remember Whoopi Goldberg's rattled fortune-telling accomplice in Ghost?), even played Radio City Music Hall. Jokes McQueen: "I was probably the first black woman to dance with Rockettes!"
Initially interested in designing clothing, the North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-bred McQueen (the second of three children of a hairdresser mother and a building superintendent father) switched gears and enrolled at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to polish the voice she had found in church. Her first big break: a part in a touring company of Tommy in 1974.
Unattached, McQueen claims a "nonexistent" social life due to her hectic, two-show-per-week taping schedule. Someday she hopes to adopt a child. And she plans to use her clothes-designing skills to launch a lingerie line. Fittingly, it will not consist of little numbers. "I'll call it McQ," says Her Majesty. "For queen-sized women!"