Ariana DeBose: who is ‘openly queer’ West Side Story actress and 2022 Oscar winner - and partner Sue Makkoo

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Ariana DeBose has said her award win was proof that “dreams do come true” as she accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Speaking of her pride of being an “openly queer woman of colour” as she won the award for her performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s new big-screen version of classic musical, West Side Story.

An actress, singer and dancer, DeBose made her television debut competing on the US’ So You Think You Can Dance (she made it into the Top 20),

Broadway debut in 2011 in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Bring It On, loosely based on the 2000 film of the same name.

From there, she appeared in further Broadway shows like Motown: The Musical, and was part of the original cast of Hamilton from 2015 to 2016.

Her first major accolade came in 2018, when she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Donna Summer in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

DeBose appeared in the filmed stage recording of Hamilton, which was released in 2020 on Disney+, and in the same year played Alyssa Greene in Netflix's The Prom, 

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