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The beloved Mary Alice (pictured) passed away at the age of 84 on July 28, 2022, according to who Love B. Scott identified as “family sources” that reportedly disclosed Alice’s death to the blog exclusively.
Alice was a Black American actress who worked in cinema, television, and theater. She was born Mary Alice Smith on December 3, 1937. Alice is well-known for her performances as Effie Williams in the dramatic 1976 musical titled Sparkle and as Leticia “Lettie” Bostic in the NBC-TV drama A Different World (1987–1989).
In 1987, the stage version of playwright August Wilson’s Fences won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Alice’s performance in it. Mary Alice made her cinematic debut in The Education of Sonny Carson in 1974. She later had appearances in Police Woman and Sanford and Son on television.
In the middle of the 1980s, she portrayed Ellie Grant Hubbard in the soap opera All My Children. Her show titled I’ll Fly Away earned Mary Alice an Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Director Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992), filmmaker Marty Rich’s film titled The Inkwell (1994), and the late Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta (1998) are a few of Alice’s additional filmography credits.
After Gloria Foster, who originally played the character, passed away in 2001, Alice assumed Foster’s position as “The Oracle” in the movie The Matrix Revolutions and the computer game Enter the Matrix.