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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 26, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor

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A black character player of numerous period TV miniseries, usually cast as mature, overly proper, stylish women, Olivia Cole is perhaps best recalled for her Emmy-winning turn as Mathilda, wife of Chicken George (Ben Vereen) and great-grandmother of Alex Haley on the famed miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977). Her other miniseries leads have included playing Maggie Rogers, the head maid at the Executive Mansion in "Backstairs at The White House" (1979), and Miss Sophie, the waspish, snoopy arbiter of morality aghast that lesbians are afoot in "The Women of Brewster Place" (ABC, 1989) and its 1990 short-lived series spin-off.

A black character player of numerous period TV miniseries, usually cast as mature, overly proper, stylish women, Olivia Cole is perhaps best recalled for her Emmy-winning turn as Mathilda, wife of Chicken George (Ben Vereen) and great-grandmother of Alex Haley on the famed miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977). Her other miniseries leads have included playing Maggie Rogers, the head maid at the Executive Mansion in "Backstairs at The White House" (1979), and Miss Sophie, the waspish, snoopy arbiter of morality aghast that lesbians are afoot in "The Women of Brewster Place" (ABC, 1989) and its 1990 short-lived series spin-off.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 First Sunday (2008)
2.
 Something About Amelia (1984) Ruth Walters
3.
 Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984) Elizabeth Grimes
4.
 Some Kind Of Hero (1982) Jessie Keller
5.
 Fly Away Home (1981) Sarah Brookford
6.
 Mistress Of Paradise (1981) Victorine
7.
 Children of Divorce (1980) Betty Williams
8.
 Coming Home (1978) Corinne
9.
 Heroes (1977) Jane Adcox
10.
 Arly Hanks Mysteries (1994) Estelle Oppers
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1965:
Performed with the American Shakespeare Festival
1966:
Made New York stage debut in a production of "The School for Scandal"
:
Was a resident member of the Seattle Repertory Company
1977:
Played wife to Chicken George, great-great grandmother of Alex Haley in "Roots" (ABC)
1977:
Film debut, "Heroes"
:
Co-starred as boss to "Szyznyk" (CBS)
1979:
Was executive mansion maid in the NBC miniseries "Backstairs at the White House"
1982:
Was regular on the CBS sitcom "Report to Murphy"
1989:
Cast as snoopy neighbor in miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place" (ABC); continued role on short-lived weekly series
1995:
Guest-starred on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)
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Education

University of Minnesota: Minneapolis , Minnesota -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

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husband:
Richard Venture.

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father:
William Cole.
mother:
Arvelia Cole.

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