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|Born:||December 19, 1933||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Began modeling after being discovered by a photographer for <i>Ebony</i> magazine
Made film debut in "Odds Against Tomorrow"
Broadway debut, "Jolly's Progress"
Gained notice for her performance in off-Broadway production of Genet's "The Blacks"
TV debut as series regular, "East Side, West Side" (CBS)
Appeared on CBS daytime drama "The Guiding Light"
Featured in off-Broadway play "To Be Young Gifted and Black"
Delivered breakthrough film role in "Sounder"; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination
Played lead role in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS)
Played Kunta Kinte's mother in ABC miniseries "Roots"
Portrayed Coretta Scott King in NBC miniseries "King"
Starred as Harriet Tubman in NBC miniseries "A Woman Called Moses"
Returned to the stage in production of "The Corn Is Green"
Landed featured role in ABC miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place"
Played pivotal role in "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Played lead in CBS movie "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All"
Returned to series TV when she played Carrie Grace Battle on NBC courtroom drama "Sweet Justice"
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Co-starred in crime film "Hoodlum"
Headlined USA Network holiday movie "Ms. Scrooge"
Starred in "Alex Haley's Mama Flora's Family" (CBS)
Earned seventh Emmy nomination for role in acclaimed HBO drama "A Lesson Before Dying"
Cast as title character's mother in CBS biopic "The Rosa Parks Story"
Featured in family drama "Because of Winn-Dixie"
Co-starred in Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
Re-teamed with Perry for "Madea's Family Reunion"
Appeared in Hallmark Channel production "Relative Stranger"; earned Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Once again worked with writer and director Perry in "Why Did I Get Married Too?"
Played Constantine Jefferson in feature adaptation of "The Help"
Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry
Cast in horror sequel "The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia"
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