Actress Mary Alice of ‘A Completely different World’ and ‘Sparkle’ Dies

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Legendary actress of the stage and display screen, Mary Alice who’s finest identified for her roles as Leticia “Lettie” Bostic on NBC‘s A Completely different World and as Effie Williams within the 1976 musical drama Sparkle, died Wednesday in New York Metropolis, in response to the NYPD.

Her age is disputed as her beginning yr has been reported as each 1936 and 1941. 

Born Mary Alice Smith in Indianola, Mississippi—she pursued performing at an early age. She then went on to be an elementary college instructor earlier than returning to performing within the Sixties in group theater the place she was featured in productions for at the very least twenty years, in response to Selection. 

Within the Eighties, Mary Alice appeared on the primary two seasons of A Completely different World, and dozens of movies, together with such Black classics as Malcolm X, The Inkwell, Down within the Delta, and Beat Avenue.

Mary Alice gained an Emmy Award for Excellent Supporting Actress in a Drama Sequence for 1993’s I’ll Fly Away. She additionally picked up a Tony Award for Greatest Featured Actress in a Play for her function within the 1987 manufacturing of August Wilson’s Fences.

Viola Davis, who gained an Academy Award for her function within the Fences movie wrote on Twitter, “RIP Mary Alice…the unique Rose Maxson. You had been one of many biggest actresses of all time!! Thanks for the work, inspiration and thanks for Rose. Godspeed Queen.” 

The beloved actress was inducted into the American Theatre Corridor of Fame in 2000, and she or he retired from performing in 2005.

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