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Born: August 16, 1958 Cause of Death:
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Born in NYC's Harlem
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Moved with mother and sister to St. Petersburg, FL
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Became first black student at her high school to be accepted into National Honor Society
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Acting debut, school production of "A Raisin in the Sun"
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Worked with Negro Ensemble Company as an understudy
1984:
Worked at Hartford Stage Company, performing in "The Mystery Plays"
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Acted in off-Broadway productions
1985:
Broadway debut, August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; directed by Lloyd Richards
1985:
First primetime TV guest spot, "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC)
1985:
TV movie debut, playing a prostitute in "Doubletake" (CBS)
1986:
Feature debut, "F/X" playing a news reporter
1988:
Acted in Broadway production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," directed by Lloyd Richards
1989:
Appeared on episodes of "Spenser: For Hire" spin-off "A Man Called Hawk" (ABC)
1991:
First gained notice in John Singleton's directorial debut "Boyz N the Hood" as Laurence Fishburne's estranged wife
1991:
First film with independent writer-director John Sayles, "City of Hope"
1992:
Portrayed Jackson family matriarch Katherine in ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"
1992:
Portrayed Betty Shabazz, the wife of "Malcolm X" in Spike Lee's feature biopic
1993:
Delivered breakout role in biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It"; portrayed Tina Turner opposite Fishburne's Ike
1994:
Provided voice of writer Zora Neale Hurston for TBS documentary miniseries "A Century of Women"
1995:
Reprised role of Betty Shabazz for uncredited cameo in Mario Van Peebles' "Panther"
1995:
Co-starred in female ensemble "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and scripted by Terry McMillan
1998:
Headlined second adaptation of a McMillan novel "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
1999:
Cast as a school principal in "Music of the Heart"
2000:
Appeared in less than stellar sci-fi flick "Supernova"
2000:
Co-starred with Danny Glover in "Boesman and Lena"; film adapted from Athol Fugard's play
2001:
Cast as Robert De Niro's love interest in "The Score"
2001:
Played the owner of a waterfront joint in 1960s Louisiana who begins a relationship with a white male singer in Showtime movie "Ruby's Bucket of Blood"; also served as co-producer
2002:
Starred in title role of CBS biopic "The Rosa Parks Story"
2002:
Starred in "Sunshine State" with Edie Falco as a failed actress who goes with her friend home to their northern Florida town
2003:
Cast in Bob Dylan film "Masked & Anonymous"
2004:
Joined cast of "Alias" (ABC) as the new CIA director
2006:
Portrayed the mother of a young girl trying to make it to the National Spelling Bee in "Akeelah and the Bee"
2008:
Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns"
2008:
Joined cast of NBC's "ER" as Dr. Cate Banfield, an exacting Chief of the ER; husband Courtney Vance played her television husband
2009:
Portrayed Voletta Wallace, mother of slain rapper Biggie Smalls (aka The Notorious B.I.G.) in biopic "Notorious"
2010:
Voiced U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama on "The Simpsons" (Fox) episode titled "Stealing First Base"
2011:
Played Dr. Amanda Waller, a government agent in film adaptation of DC Comics superhero "Green Lantern"
2011:
Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson on Broadway in "The Mountaintop," a fictionalized depiction of the night before Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
2012:
Landed supporting role in "This Means War," an action comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy
2013:
Played the head of the Secret Service in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

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