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Melba Moore is taking her show to the Big House.

Moore, who went from Broadway star to welfare recipient, violated a contempt of court order for discussing her divorce on a radio show. On Monday, a judge offered her the option of performing for female inmates instead of serving jail time.

"I was beautifully shocked," Moore said after the hearing. "I think he caught my spirit."

Moore's Broadway resume includes "Hair," and "Purlie," a 1970 musical for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Tony. She earned gold records, had her own television show and a recurring role on "The Cosby Show."

Moore has alleged that her divorce from Charles Huggins, who was her manager, left her and their daughter Charlie, 17, penniless.

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