“A Black Woman Speaks” : Playwright, Film Producer, Poet, & Author, Beah Richards

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A veteran stage performer and character player, Beah Richards is perhaps best remembered by movie audiences for her Oscar-nominated portrayal as Sidney Poitier’s proud, knowing mother in Stanley Kramer’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (1967). Like Angela Lansbury, Richards was often called on to portray the mother of actors not much younger than herself (e.g., she was a mere seven years older than Poitier and 11 years older than James Earl Jones who portrayed her son in 1970’s “The Great White Hope”). TV aficionados will recall her from her many appearances ranging from Bill Cosby’s mother on his first sitcom (NBC, 1970-71) to a recurring role as the ailing mother of Dr. Benton (Eriq LaSalle) on “ER” (NBC, 1994-95).

Source: BEAH RICHARDS: JULY 12, 1920 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2000 | BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

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