Hazelle Goodman

Actor, Stand-up comic, Writer
Hazelle Goodman made screen history of sorts when Woody Allen cast her in the role of the prostitute Cookie, the voice of reason amidst chaos, in "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), making her the first African American ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1958


Actor (14)

Whiskey School 2014 (Movie)


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

Hazelle Black (Actor)

Law & Order 2004 (Tv Show)


Ed 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

Evelda Drumgo (Actor)

Third Watch 2001 (Tv Show)


Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Seed: A Love Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Cookie (Actor)

Hazelle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Heat 1995 (Movie)

Hooker's Mother (Actor)

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

Miles' 1st Neighbor (Actor)
Writer (1)

Hazelle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)



Hazelle Goodman made screen history of sorts when Woody Allen cast her in the role of the prostitute Cookie, the voice of reason amidst chaos, in "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), making her the first African American actress to have a major role in one of the writer-director's films. The Trinidadian actress and comedienne delivered a tantalizing, scene-stealing turn that made audiences and film critics sit up and take notice.

The attractive Goodman harbored dreams of a show business career from age six when she saw the film version of "The Sound of Music". She spent her formative years in Manhattan and dreamed of attending the famed High School of Performing Arts, but to her dismay was not accepted. Devastated at the rejection, Goodman abandoned her aspirations, obtained a degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology and found work. Bored by a dead-end job, she quit working and enrolled as a drama major at the City College of New York, eventually graduating cum laude. Recognizing the difficulties of being both female and a woman of color, Goodman began developing her own one-person show "Things Going On", which she spent close to seven years developing. Then HBO chief Michael Fuchs was intrigued by an invitation to one of her performances and attended, an event which led to Goodman headlining her own one-woman special "Hazelle!" on that network in 1995. An outgrowth of her stage show, Goodman portrayed a variety of characters, ranging from an elderly Southern woman whose son has been stricken with AIDS to a well-endowed gospel singer. Critical reaction was positive with many reviews comparing Goodman favorably with Whoopi Goldberg.

By that time, Goodman had begun to make inroads in features, playing the bit role of a neighbor in "True Identity" (1991) and appearing as the mother of a prostitute in one scene of Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995). More recently, Goodman had the recurring role of crime queen Georgia Rae Mahoney, out to revenge her brother's death, in the NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"



born c. 1987

Virginia Goodman



City College of New York

New York , New York
graduated cum laude

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York , New York



Had small but pivotal role as a ruthless drug dealer in "Hannibal"


Portrayed Afeni Shakur in Off-Broadway play "Up Against the Wind"


Premiered one-woman show "Hazelle: To the Top, Top. Top!"


Appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Cymbeline" playing the Queen


Had recurring role on NBC's police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" as Georgia Rae Mahoney


Breakthrough screen role as first black performer to have a major part in a Woody Allen film in "Deconstructing Harry"; played a hooker


Headlined one-woman HBO special "Hazelle!"


Appeared as a hooker's mother in one-scene opposite Al Pacino in Michael Mann's "Heat"


Film debut in bit part as a neighbor in "True Identity"


Moved to Brooklyn with her family at age eight (date approximate)

Spent seven years developing a one-woman show, "Things Going On"

Born in Trinidad

Bonus Trivia


"In Trinidad we never the felt the racism like there is here--the ingrained, institutionalized kind of hatred we have here--because the whole country is run by black folks. So, there was never in my mind any possibility I couldn't [be an actress]." --Hazelle Goodman quoted in "AP Entertainment", January 15, 1998


Goodman has been a volunteer at a woman's shelter in Queen, NY.