Marilyn McCoo

McCoo in 2012, photo: kathclick/

Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 30, 1943

Ethnicity: African-American

Marilyn McCoo is an American singer, actress, television presenter, and model. She was the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension. She has hosted the show Solid Gold.

Marilyn is the daughter of Mary Ellen and Waymon/Wayman Glenn McCoo, who were physicians. A picture of her parents can be seen here. She was raised in Columbus, Georgia, then in Los Angeles, California. Since 1969, Marilyn has been married to singer Billy Davis, Jr., the founder and co-member of The 5th Dimension.

Marilyn’s paternal grandfather was Dr. Thomas Vivian McCoo. Thomas was from Eufaula, Alabama.

Marilyn’s paternal grandmother was named Anna Gertrude Coffee. Gertrude’s father was a Methodist minister.

Marilyn’s maternal grandfather was named William Holloway.

Marilyn’s maternal grandmother was named Letitia Campbell.

Sources: Marriage record of Marilyn’s parents –

Genealogy of Marilyn’s father –

3 Responses

  1. izzybizzy says:

    How much African does someone have to have to (yes it makes sense) be consider African-American?

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