Academy Honor nominated actress who also played a memorable part within the 1985 film THE COLOUR Purple. She analyzed at SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA State University or college and received a qualification in education. She’s worked with at an increased risk teens and battered ladies in LA. She was wedded to Robert Gordyn Hunt from 1973 to 1980 plus they experienced one daughter collectively. She starred in Tyler Perry’s 2008 film Meet up with the Browns.
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies The Color Purple, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Magnum Force, Which Way Is Up?, Meet the Browns, Hell Up in Harlem, White Man's Burden, The Return of Superfly, Scott Joplin, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The Lathe of Heaven, Cool Breeze, For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story, Cyborg 3: The Recycler, Something Evil, Waitin' to Live, Lord Help Us, Heat Wave, Love Kills, Second to Die, Riverbend, The Sky Is Gray, The Set-Up, Terror House, Proud Mary, Lightning In A Bottle, Mardi Gras for the Devil, Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style, Blueberry Hill, Night Trap, Single Women Married Men, Extrospection, The Roots of Roe, Being Mary Jane
TV Shows 413 Hope St., The Jacksons: An American Dream, Being Mary Jane
Star Sign Aquarius
She waged a controversial personal campaign for an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in The Color Purple (1985), highlighted by her taking out an ad in an industry trade magazine. A born-again Christian, she wrote the ad in the vernacular of her character, "Shug", and made her plea directly to God. Many Academy members, reputedly including the film's director Steven Spielberg, were put off by this approach and by her using her professed faith to campaign for an award. She still received the nomination (lost to Anjelica Huston, but many still speculate that her approach, which came across as simultaneously sanctimonious and disingenuous, led to her being overlooked, if not out-and-out shunned, by the motion picture industry ever since.
While still a teenager, she joined the civil-rights campaign known as the Freedom Riders.