Durable African-American actor who began in segregated, all-black theater at an early age, and well over half a century later was still racking up credits in features like "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992)....
Joined the Gilpin Players through her future husband, Lloyd Gentry; was a company which performed at Cleveland's Karamu Playhouse; appeared in dramatic and musical roles for over 30 years
Last TV appearance, on a episode of the short-lived comedy series, "Here and Now"
Grew up in Cleveland, Ohio; played in operettas and sang in church choirs
Appeared on Broadway in a production of "Lysistrata" with Sidney Poitier
First notable feature film role, recreating the part she had played onstage in "Georgia, Georgia"
Last feature film role, in "The Bad Lieutenant"
Played Great Aunt Gramtee for a season on the popular sitcom, "The Cosby Show"
Received acclaim when she played Lena Younger in an off-Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun"
Returned to the Karamu Playhouse; continued performing with them until 1961
Was busy in a number of roles during the late 1960s and early 70s dealing with race relations ("Black Girl", "The Gentleman Caller"); also played the title role in an off-Broadway of "Medea"
Durable African-American actor who began in segregated, all-black theater at an early age, and well over half a century later was still racking up credits in features like "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992). For many years Gentry worked primarily on the stage, in plays ranging from "Lysistrata" and "Medea" to a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun". Feature film work did not begin until late middle age, but Gentry made her dignified, charming and strong presence visible in a number of media in the years that followed. For many she is probably best for her touching work as Great Aunt Gramtee, a recurring role she played during the 1989-90 season on the hit sitcom, "The Cosby Show".