Olivia Cole

Actor
A black character player of numerous period TV miniseries, usually cast as mature, overly proper, stylish women, Olivia Cole is perhaps best recalled for her Emmy-winning turn as Mathilda, wife of Chicken George (Ben ... Read more »
Born: 11/26/1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

First Sunday 2008 (Movie)

Momma T (Actor)

Leaving L.A. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christy 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Arly Hanks Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Brewster Place 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Fig Tree 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Go Tell It on the Mountain 1983 (Movie)

Elizabeth Grimes (Actor)

Fly Away Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Report to Murphy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

Jessie Keller (Actor)

Children of Divorce 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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When, Jenny? When? 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

Corinne (Actor)

Szysznyk 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Heroes 1977 (Movie)

Jane Adcox (Actor)

Mistress of Paradise (TV Show)

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North and South (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Something About Amelia (TV Show)

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The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A black character player of numerous period TV miniseries, usually cast as mature, overly proper, stylish women, Olivia Cole is perhaps best recalled for her Emmy-winning turn as Mathilda, wife of Chicken George (Ben Vereen) and great-grandmother of Alex Haley on the famed miniseries "Roots" (ABC, 1977). Her other miniseries leads have included playing Maggie Rogers, the head maid at the Executive Mansion in "Backstairs at The White House" (1979), and Miss Sophie, the waspish, snoopy arbiter of morality aghast that lesbians are afoot in "The Women of Brewster Place" (ABC, 1989) and its 1990 short-lived series spin-off.

Relationships

Richard Venture

Husband

William Cole

Father

Arvelia Cole

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis , Minnesota

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

1995

Guest-starred on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

1989

Cast as snoopy neighbor in miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place" (ABC); continued role on short-lived weekly series

1982

Was regular on the CBS sitcom "Report to Murphy"

1979

Was executive mansion maid in the NBC miniseries "Backstairs at the White House"

1977

Played wife to Chicken George, great-great grandmother of Alex Haley in "Roots" (ABC)

1977

Film debut, "Heroes"

1966

Made New York stage debut in a production of "The School for Scandal"

1965

Performed with the American Shakespeare Festival

Was a resident member of the Seattle Repertory Company

Co-starred as boss to "Szyznyk" (CBS)

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