Was in the cast of Melvin Van Peebles' "Don't Play Us Cheap"
Worked as a singer with Harry Beleafonte and Jackie Wilson
Returned to Broadway to play the wicked witch Evelina in "The Wiz", an all-black musical version of "The Wizard of Oz"
Portrayed legendary blues singer Ma Rainey in August Wilson's award-winning "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; first played role at Yale Rep and later on Broadway; received Tony Award nomination as Featured Actress in a Play
Played Jewel in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Last feature appearance in "Billy Madison"
Starred as Mama in the ABC sitcom "That's My Mama"
Stage debut in "Carmen Jones" (date approximate)
Portrayed Mammy in the stage musical "Gone With the Wind"
Cast as Auntie Em in Sidney Lumet's screen version of "The Wiz"