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Born: October 1, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, singer, substitute teacher, temporary office worker, office manager

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Although she first established herself as a singer-actress on stage in such shows as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "The Wiz", Yvette Freeman has become better known to millions of TV viewers for pulling double duty on two NBC series. On the award-winning medical drama "ER", she has appeared in the recurring role of nurse Haleh Adams since its inception. From fall 1997 to spring 1999, Freeman has simultaneously played the persnickety office manager Evelyn Smalley in the sitcom "Working". She particularly cherished the latter role as she based the character on a former boss who "watched everyone like a hawk, and even counted paper clips."

Although she first established herself as a singer-actress on stage in such shows as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "The Wiz", Yvette Freeman has become better known to millions of TV viewers for pulling double duty on two NBC series. On the award-winning medical drama "ER", she has appeared in the recurring role of nurse Haleh Adams since its inception. From fall 1997 to spring 1999, Freeman has simultaneously played the persnickety office manager Evelyn Smalley in the sitcom "Working". She particularly cherished the latter role as she based the character on a former boss who "watched everyone like a hawk, and even counted paper clips."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Blessing Way, The (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Revenant, The (2009)
2.
 Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) Hazel Washington
3.
 Just My Imagination (1992) Mrs Dewitt
4.
 Switch (1991) Mae The Maid
5.
 Dead Again (1991) Nurse
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Raised in Wilmington and Dunleigh, Delaware
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Made Broadway debut in "Ain't Misbehavin'" in the late 1970s
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Toured in such shows as "The Wiz", "Showboat" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
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Spent two years in the Boston company of the hit stage musical "Nunsense"
1990:
Early TV credit, a recurring role in two episodes of the NBC crime drama "True Blue"
1991:
Film debut in small role as a maid in "Switch"
1992:
TV-movie debut in "Just My Imagination" (NBC)
1994:
Played recurring role of nurse Haleh Adams on the hit NBC series "ER"
1995:
Originated role of singer Dinah Washington in "Dinah Was" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts
1997:
Starred in L.A. production of "Dinah Was"
1997:
Played the no-nonsense office manager Evelyn Smalley in the NBC sitcom "Working"
1998:
Reprised her stage role in the Off-Broadway production of "Dinah Was"
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Education

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute: Los Angeles , California -
AFI Conservatory: - 1999
University of Delaware: Newark , Delaware -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1999

Notes

"You name any black [stage] show, and I've done it, on the road, all over the world. That's why I stopped do that and came out to L.A. I wanted to sit down. I was tired." --Yvette Freeman to Boston Herald, June 17, 1998

After hitting 257 lbs. last November, Freeman enrolled in UCLA's risk Factor Obesity Program; she now weighs a stunning 140 lbs.

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husband:
Lanny Hartley. Jazz pianist, musical director. Met in October 1994; married on January 27, 1996; appeared as piano player in "Dinah Was"; born c. 1947.

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father:
Charles Freeman. Jazz pianist.

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