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Also Known As: Died: September 14, 2000
Born: July 12, 1920 Cause of Death: emphysema
Birth Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Beloved (1998) as Baby Suggs
Sethe is a woman of elemental grace and unspoken mystery. A figure of fierce determination, Sethe is a runaway slave struggling to carve out her own simple existence with her children in rural Ohio, 1873. Preventing her from achieving that, however, is the painful legacy of her former life, and the
2.
Out of Darkness (1994) as Mrs Cooper
A paranoid schizophrenic struggles to rebuild her life aided by an experimental drug.
3.
One Special Victory (1991) as Cora Simms
A real estate agent, arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, is sentenced to perform community service, coaching basketball to developmentally disabled adults.
4.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989) as Drug Counselor
Gritty drama, set in the early 1970s, about a band of superstitious, drug-addled misfits who live by their wits and rob drugstores.
5.
Homer and Eddie (1989) as Linda Cervi
In order to see his dying father, Homer, a mentally retarded dishwasher in Arizona, hitchhikes up to Oregon. Along the way he is picked up by Eddie, a vagabond, and the two quickly bond. However, Eddie begins taking things to an extreme, taking Homer to a brothel, burglarizing a store, and committ
6.
As Summers Die (1986) as Elvira Backus
Set in a sleepy Southern Louisiana town in 1959, a lawyer, searches for justice as he volunteers to help a black woman whose property is being threatened by the Holts, the first family of the town, after she refuses to sell her valuable land. Nobody thinks Willie can win the case, but behind its po
7.
Acceptable Risks (1986) as Sally Framm
A television movie dramatizing the catastrophic events and circumstances leading up to a devastating leak at an American chemical plant which kills and injures hundreds of people.
8.
Inside Out (1986) as Verna
A man with expensive tastes must come to terms with his agoraphobia.
9.
Generation (1985) as Edna
Futuristic prospective series pilot, a distant cousin to the 1975 theatrical violent sport movie "Rollerball," revolves around a turn-of-the-millenium family on the Great Eve (the night before the year 2000 begins) planning for a reunion. Son Richard Beymer (returning to the spotlight years after "W
10.
Christmas Without Snow, A (1980) as Wendell'S Grandma
Sentimental holiday tale of a divorcee from San Francisco who moves to a small Nebraska town with her son to start a new life and joins the church choir that is under the strict leadership of a perfectionist director who is striving for a professional level presentaion of Handel's "Messiah."
11.
Ring of Passion (1978) as Lilly Brooks
A fact-based drama about the two Louis-Schmeling heavyweight fights and the way both boxers became unwilling symbols of political ideologies just prior to World War II.
12.
Just an Old Sweet Song (1976) as Grandma
A sentimental tale of a contemporary black family from Detroit whose two-week vacation in the South leads to a variety of changes in their lives. Robert Hooks' real-life sons played his fictional sons in the story. Pilot to a prospective series called "Down Home." A second one-hour movie in 1978 had
13.
Mahogany (1975) as Florence
A girl from the Chicago slums fights her way to a position as an international super model.
14.
Dream For Christmas, A (1973) as Grandma Bessie
An all-black cast shines in this pilot for a proposed series involving a southern minister who is assigned to a poor parish in California with the congregation drifting away and the church scheduled for demolition. The hope here was for writer Earl Hamner to repeat his success with "The Waltons."
15.
Outrage! (1973) as Thelma
In this film one man decides to wage war against a gang of teenage punks besieging an affluent community. Based on a true incident, this story originally was titled "One Angry Man."
16.
The Biscuit Eater (1972) as Charity Tomlin
Two Georgia boys of different races work together to take care of a feral dog and train him for a fence-jumping contest.
17.
Footsteps (1972) as Jessie Blake
A win-or-else coach, hired to whip a small college football team into shape, finds himself in trouble with professional gamblers who plan to set the odds of the squad's success.
18.
The Great White Hope (1970) as Mama Tiny
A black boxer and his white mistress face racial prejudice when he wins the championship.
19.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) as Mrs. Prentice
An aging couple's liberal principles are tested when their daughter announces her engagement to a black doctor.
20.
In the Heat of the Night (1967) as Mrs. Bellamy [Mama Caleba]
A black police detective from the North forces a bigoted Southern sheriff to accept his help with a murder investigation.
21.
Hurry Sundown (1967) as Rose Scott
An unscrupulous Southern landowner takes advantage of racial tensions to extend his holdings.
22.
Gone Are the Days! (1963) as Idella
A young, idealistic man returns home to the plantation where he grew up in servitude. With him, he brings his fiance, Lutiebelle, in hopes of convincing the plantation owner that she is really his cousin in order to secure the family inheritance. To aid in the comic complications that follow are his family members Missy and Gitlow, and the plantation owners endearing (but ineffectual) son Charlie.
23.
The Miracle Worker (1962) as Viney
True story of the determined teacher who helped Helen Keller overcome deafness and blindness to learn to communicate.
24.
Take a Giant Step (1960) as May [Scott]
A troubled black teenager tries to find his place in a white world.
25.
The Mugger (1958) as Grecco house maid
An unidentified city is plagued by a mysterious mugger who attacks women at night, steals their purses, and cuts them on their left cheek. A police shrink, Dr. Pete Graham, is called in when one of the mugger's victims turns up dead.

Cast (special)

26.
Zora Is My Name! (1990)
A television drama, broadcast as part of the PBS "American Playhouse" series, about the African-American writer, oral historian and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. Combines passages from the author's writings, anecdotes, folk tales told by actors, and sketches from the Hurston's life.
27.
Barrington (1987) as Katherine
A drama about an extraordinary cop who is also the gifted heir of one of America's wealthiest and most distinguished families. This pilot is broadcast as a segment of the "CBS Summer Playhouse" series.
28.
Time Out For Dad (1987) as Miss Aldrich
A story about a retired football player turned househusband. The production marks the return to television of Harriet Nelson, of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."
29.
Curse, The (1986) as Jamaican Woman
Slumlord Jerry Mackland vows to an old Jamaican woman that he'll renovate one of his unsafe buildings after a tenant is nearly killed in a fall. Jerry's pledge is short-lived and when he turns his attention to other things, a bizarre, horrifying force begins to take over Jerry's body to remind him o
30.
Too Good to Be True (1983) as Mona Rainey
The story, set at the Pepperidge Prepatory School for Girls, follows the misadventures of the eight teenage boys recently admitted to the once all-girls school. The pilot episode depicts the boys' efforts to run a candidate for student body president against a popular female candidate.
31.
Banjo, the Woodpile Cat (1982) as Voice Of Zazu
The tuneful adventures of Banjo, a spunky runaway cat who finds overwhelming excitement and the value of friendship in the big city.
32.
Down Home (1978) as Aunt Velvet; The Woman Who Helps The Simmons
The story of Priscilla and Nate Simmons, a couple who move from Detroit to a small town in the south to find a more peaceful and meaningful life.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

33.
Roots: The Next Generations (1979) as Cynthia Palmer
The unparalleled success of "Roots" in 1977 prompted this continuation of Alex Haley's saga, beginning with the events where its predecessor ended in 1882 and bringing the story to the present with James Earl Jones playing Haley and Marlon Brando as American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell, who

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

34.
Sophisticated Gents, The (1981) as Miz Porter
Twenty-five-year reunion of members of a Black athletic-social club, based on the book "The Junior Bachelor Society", brings together nine of its members for the first time to honor their old coach but is marred by a murder investigation involving one of the gents (Melvin Van Peebles, who had writte

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