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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 12, 1998|
|Born:||September 24, 1922||Cause of Death:||skin cancer|
|Birth Place:||Emporia, Virginia, USA||Profession:||singer, actor|
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CAST: (feature film)
Home Fries (1998)
Billy Madison (1995) Juanita
Silence Like Glass (1989) Sister Wilson
Miracle at Beekman's Place (1988) Sarah Coleman
Serpent And The Rainbow, The (1988) Simone
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The (1982) Jewel
All That Jazz (1979) Cast Member
Great Santini (1979) Arrabelle Smalls
The Wiz (1978) Aunt Em
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Stage debut in "Carmen Jones" (date approximate)
Worked as a singer with Harry Beleafonte and Jackie Wilson
Had featured role in "They Might Be Giants"
Was in the cast of Melvin Van Peebles' "Don't Play Us Cheap"
Portrayed Mammy in the stage musical "Gone With the Wind"
Starred as Mama in the ABC sitcom "That's My Mama"
Returned to Broadway to play the wicked witch Evelina in "The Wiz", an all-black musical version of "The Wizard of Oz"
Cast as Auntie Em in Sidney Lumet's screen version of "The Wiz"
Played Jewel in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Portrayed legendary blues singer Ma Rainey in August Wilson's award-winning "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; first played role at Yale Rep and later on Broadway; received Tony Award nomination as Featured Actress in a Play
Last feature appearance in "Billy Madison"
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Temple University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Settlement School of Music: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
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Benjamin Hines. Married c. 1946; survived her.
Benjamin Hines Jr.
M Vicki Wacksman. Survived her.
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