Anna Maria Horsford

Director, Production secretary, Teacher

A veteran of African-American sitcoms, Anna Maria Horsford began charming audiences in the late 1970s thanks to supporting roles in the likes of "Amen" (NBC 1986-1991), "The Wayans Bros" (The WB 1995-99) and "Reed ... Read more »

Born: 03/06/1947 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

The Soul Man 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reed Between the Lines 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

Key & Peele 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Girl 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The League 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let's Stay Together 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Our Family Wedding 2010 (Movie)

Diane Boyd (Actor)

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everybody Hates Chris 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Shield 2005, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

All of Us 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trade 2007 (Movie)

Detective Martinez (Actor)

Broken Bridges 2006 (Movie)

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Entourage 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gridiron Gang 2006 (Movie)

Sharon Weathers (Actor)

Heist 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guarding Eddy 2005 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Method & Red 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bernie Mac Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lockdown 2003 (Movie)

Warden Saunders (Actor)

Friday After Next 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Jones (Actor)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

The Chronicle 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

Vickie (Actor)

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

Sitcom Mother (Actor)

How High 2001 (Movie)

Mrs King (Actor)

Judging Amy 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sparks 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masquerade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

Denise's Mother (Actor)

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good News 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

Lucille (Actor)

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Miss Annie (Actor)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

Ms Wells (Actor)

Widow's Kiss 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Jones (Actor)

The 9th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

Judge Harris (Actor)

Rhythm & Blues 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tall Hopes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Amen 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Eugenia (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

At Rona's 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

C.A.T. Squad 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Della (Actor)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

Naomi (Actor)

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

Slam Dunk (Actor)

Murder Ink 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Class 1983 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The Firm 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Child 1982 (Movie)

Mara (Actor)

The Fan 1980 (Movie)

Emily Stolz (Actor)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

Rosie Washington (Actor)

An Almost Perfect Affair 1978 (Movie)

Amy Zon (Actor)

A Case of Deadly Force (TV Show)

Actor

A Doctor's Story (TV Show)

Actor

A Killer Among Us (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Brokers (TV Show)

Actor

Benny's Place (TV Show)

Actor

Bill (TV Show)

Actor

Hollow Image (TV Show)

Actor

Muggable Mary: Street Cop (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Starstruck (TV Show)

Actor

Stone Pillow (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Switch (TV Show)

Actor

Taken Away (TV Show)

Actor

Who Gets the Friends? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A veteran of African-American sitcoms, Anna Maria Horsford began charming audiences in the late 1970s thanks to supporting roles in the likes of "Amen" (NBC 1986-1991), "The Wayans Bros" (The WB 1995-99) and "Reed Between The Lines" (BET 2011). Born to a Dominican mother and Antiguan father in Harlem, NY in 1948, Horsford attended the Manhattan School of Performing Arts before landing a receptionist job at one of her hometown's PBS stations. After working her way up to the position of director of the landmark variety show "Soul" (PBS 1967-1973), she then made the switch from behind-the-scenes to on-screen when she appeared as a prisoner in soap opera institution "Guiding Light" (CBS 1952-2009). Horsford's acting career then ventured into film with small parts in Cannes Festival-set romantic comedy "An Almost Perfect Affair" (1979), cult classic "Times Square" (1980) and stalker thriller "The Fan" (1981) as well as more notable performances in the biopic of prisoner Terry Jean Moore, "Love Child" (1983), prep-school comedy "Class" (1983) and crime caper "Crackers" (1984). While after briefly rubbing shoulders with the Brat Pack in "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), Lucille Ball in TV movie "Stone Pillow" (1986) and Jack Nicholson in "Heartburn" (1986), she landed her first major recurring TV role as the deacon's marriage-hungry daughter Thelma Frye in hit sitcom "Amen" (NBC 1986-1991). Following performances in Christopher Reeve's pet project "Street Smart" (1987) and legal drama "Presumed Innocent" (1990), Horsford returned to the sitcom world with a recurring role on "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" (NBC 1990-96), widowed radio station owner Veronica in the short-lived "Rhythm & Blues" (NBC 1992) and security guard Deirdre 'Dee' Baxter in "The Wayans Bros" (The WB 1995-99). But she continued to remain a presence on the big screen, appearing as Judge Harris in romantic drama "Mr. Jones" (1993), Miss Annie in the critically-acclaimed "Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored" (1995) and Ice Cube's mother in stoner buddy comedy "Friday" (1995), a role she would also reprise in its sequel "Friday After Next" (2002). Horsford then added several box office-hits to her filmography including "One Fine Day" (1996), "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000), "Along Came A Spider" (2001) and "Minority Report" (2002) before landing recurring parts as the mother of rapper Method Man in "Method and Red" (Fox 2004) and Saigon in "Entourage" (HBO 2004-2011), cancer patient Liz Fallon in "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC 2005-) and A.D.A. Beth Encardi in "The Shield" (FX 2002-08). Following appearances in a string of music-based dramas including Toby Keith vehicle "Broken Bridges" (2006), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony biopic "I Tried" (2007) and gritty urban drama "Wigger" (2010), Horsford played matriarch Diane Boyd in "Our Family Wedding" (2010), office manager Ms. Helen in family sitcom "Reed Between The Lines" (BET 2011) and Madea's niece Eileen in "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" (2013).

Relationships

Lilian Agatha Horsford

Mother

Victor Horsford

Father

EDUCATION

studied acting with Ric Edelstein and Alan Miller

Inter-American University of Puerto Rico

1966 - 1967

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1964

Milestones

2011

Plays Ms. Helen in "Reed Between The Lines" (BET, 2011)

2002

Returned as Mrs. Jones in the "Friday" sequel "Friday After Next"

2001

Cast in the Tom Cruise action feature "Minority Report"

2001

Portrayed Vickie in the thriller feature "Along Came A Spider"

2000

Cast as the mother to Janet Jackson's character in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"

1997

TV directorial debut, "Good News"

1993

Had featured role in the short-lived CBS series "Tall Hopes"

1992

Appeared in the sitcom "Rhythm and Blues" (NBC)

1979

TV-movie debut "Hollow Image" (ABC)

1979

Film acting debut in "An Almost Perfect Affair"

1978

Broadway acting debut in "For Colored Girls WHo Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf"

1965

Acting debut in small role (four lines) in "Coriolanus" at the New York Shakespeare Festival

Worked at WNET in NYC as a production secretary and later as a producer

Taught at the College of New Rochelle

Born and raised in Harlem, NY

Co-starred as Sherman Helmsley's daughter in the NBC sitcom "Amen"

Appeared at the Actors Theatre of Louisville

Had regular role of Dee Baxter on "The Wayans Bros." (The WB)

Bonus Trivia

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Horsford directed two episodes of the sitcom "Good News" (UPN, 1997-98) and has been honored by the Director's Guild of America as one of the few female African-American directors in the industry.

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"As a performer, I don't need objective criticism. If you call yourself a friend, you have to be a healer, saying, 'I think you were wonderful.' If people call that lying, that's fine. Lie to me." Horsford quoted in People, Feb. 2, 1988.

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"I was always the court jester. I knew I came to my family to make them laugh. And I didn't do on purpose. It's just that a lot of the things I did always got laughs." Horsford quoted on Loop 21, 2011.

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