Suzanne De Passe

Producer, Executive, Screenwriter
Perhaps second only to Oprah Winfrey, Suzanne de Passe ranks as one of the most prominent and important African-American women working in television. Her background reads like the history of Motown, the company where ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1946 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (45)

Errors of the Human Body 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Zenon: Zee Three 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It's Showtime at the Apollo 1987 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 33rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

NAACP Music Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Loretta Claiborne Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sister, Sister 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

On Our Own 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Liberators -- Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Michael Jackson... The Legend Continues 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Smokey Robinson 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bridesmaids 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Michael Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Motown Merry Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Temptations and Four Tops 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Motown Revue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Happy Endings (CBS) 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Buffalo Girls (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cheaters (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Humpty Dumpty (Movie)

(Producer)

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Marvin Gaye (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Small Sacrifices (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Someone Else's Child (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Temptations (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Zenon: The Zequel (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (8)

The Black List: Volume Two 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Mo'Nique 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

All American Girl 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Farrah Fawcett: America's Angel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Performances 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miss America Pageant 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

RollerGames 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Perhaps second only to Oprah Winfrey, Suzanne de Passe ranks as one of the most prominent and important African-American women working in television. Her background reads like the history of Motown, the company where she rose through the ranks. Dropping out of college in 1967, she shocked her parents by becoming the talent coordinator at the Cheetah Club on Manhattan's East Side, a club that would later become a prime purveyor of the Latin Hustle. The next year, 1968, she met Berry Gordy, the founder and president of then Detroit-based record label Motown who hired her as his creative assistant. Over the course of the next decade, de Passe was instrumental in numerous recording careers, guiding Lionel Richie to a solo career after he left the Commodores, launching Rick James and the funk era, and perhaps most importantly, shaping a group of singing brothers from Gary, Indiana into The Jackson Five, one of the most heralded singing groups of all time.

Relationships

Paul Mat

Husband
divorced

EDUCATION

Manhattan Community College

New York , New York
dropped out in 1967

Milestones

1998

Executive produced the NBC biographical miniseries "The Temptations"; received seventh Emmy nomination

1998

Wrote and executive produced the ABC retrospective salute "Motown 40: The Music Is Forever"

1997

Formed management partnership with agent Michael Black

1996

With McMurtry, served as executive producer of the ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk"

1995

For CBS, executive produced "Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo", adapted from his novel that was a sequel to "Lonesome Dove"

1995

Executive produced the CBS miniseries "Buffalo Girls", adapted from a McMurtry novel; garnered another Emmy nomination

1993

Served as executive producer of "Return to Lonesome Dove", a miniseries sequel

1993

Produced the popular sitcom "Sister, Sister", starring twins Tia and Tamara Mowrey; aired on ABC from 1994-1995 and The WB from 1995-1999

1992

Executive produced the ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"; received fifth Emmy Award nomination

1992

Was executive producer of feature film "Class Act";

1991

Formed de Passe Entertainment

1990

Wrote and was executive producer of the CBS variety special "Motown 30: What's Goin' On!"

1989

Was executive producer of the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove"; first of numerous projects that were based on works by Larry McMurtry

1989

Earned fourth Emmy nomination as executive producer of the ABC miniseries "Small Sacrifices"

1985

Executive produced the five-part summer series "Motown Revue" (NBC)

1985

Picked up second Emmy Award as excutive producer of "Motown Returns to the Apollo" (NBC)

1983

Produced first TV-movie, "Happy Endings" (CBS)

1982

Was executive producer of the Emmy-winning special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" (NBC)

1981

Named president of Motown Productions

1972

Co-wrote screenplay for "Lady Sings the Blues", the biopic of Billie Holliday; shared Oscar nomination with Terence McCloy and Chris Clark

1968

Joined Motown as creative assistant to Berry Gordy

1967

Dropped out of college to become talent coordinator at Cheetah Club in NYC

Executive produced the syndicated spin-off series "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years/Lonesome Dove: The Early Years"

Was an executive producer of "Our On Our", an ABC sitcom about a family of entertainers starring the Smollett family

Executive produced The WB sitcom "Smart Guy" starring Tahj Mowrey

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Trumpet Award in 1993.

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