Theresa Merritt

Singer, Actor
Born: 09/23/1922 in Emporia, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Cosby 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

Mrs. Vaughn (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy Madison 1995 (Movie)

Juanita (Actor)

Driving Miss Daisy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

13 East 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence Like Glass 1990 (Movie)

Sister Wilson (Actor)

Miracle at Beekman's Place 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Astonished 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

My Man Bovanne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

Jewel (Actor)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Cast Member (Actor)

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

Arrabelle Smalls (Actor)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

Aunt Em (Actor)

The Goodbye Girl 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Crosby (Actor)

That's My Mama 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

J.T. 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

Actor

Relationships

Denise Hines

Daughter

Benjamin Hines Jr

Son

Dennis Hines

Son

Norman Hines

Son

Benjamin Hines

Husband
married c. 1946 survived her

M Wacksman

Niece
survived her

EDUCATION

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Settlement School of Music

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1995

Last feature appearance in "Billy Madison"

1982

Played Jewel in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1978

Cast as Auntie Em in Sidney Lumet's screen version of "The Wiz"

1976

Returned to Broadway to play the wicked witch Evelina in "The Wiz", an all-black musical version of "The Wizard of Oz"

1974

Starred as Mama in the ABC sitcom "That's My Mama"

1973

Portrayed Mammy in the stage musical "Gone With the Wind"

1972

Was in the cast of Melvin Van Peebles' "Don't Play Us Cheap"

1970

Had featured role in "They Might Be Giants"

1943

Stage debut in "Carmen Jones" (date approximate)

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

Worked as a singer with Harry Beleafonte and Jackie Wilson

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