03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Homeless Singer Makes Broadway Comeback

Have you ever done a double-take of a street performer or homeless person on your way to work? CBS News reported that last year, New York City police officer David Taylor did just that and realized that the woman walking down the empty street on his night shift was an old friend, Broadway star Terri White:

"The street can get pretty desolate at night, and I saw her walking down the street, and she noticed me in the car," New York City police officer David Taylor says. Taylor knew White from her old nightclub days. And he knew something was wrong. "She looked frightened and really, really down, depressed" he says. "I was concerned for her."

He should have been. The performer had once belted it out with stars like Liza Minelli in some of Broadway's biggest hits. But as she got older, her roles began to dry up. She worked some New York nightclubs for a while, but as those jobs disappeared too, she found herself sleeping on a bench and singing in the park.

The night Taylor found White, he set her up with a warm place to stay while she got back on her feet. And back on her feet she is. A year later, she's starring in the Broadway Musical "Finian's Rainbow" at the same theater where she made her Broadway debut.

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