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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " CLARICE TAYLOR " WAS AN AMERICAN STAGE, FILM AND TELEVISION ACTRESS : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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                          Clarice Taylor


Clarice Taylor
BornSeptember 20, 1917
Buckingham County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMay 30, 2011 (aged 93)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationStage, television, film actress
Clarice Taylor (September 20, 1917 – May 30, 2011)[1][2] was an American stage, film and television actress.

Biography

Born in Buckingham County, Virginia but raised in Harlem, New York, Taylor was best known for her recurring role on television on The Cosby Show as Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable's (Bill Cosby) mother, Anna Huxtable. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986 for the role. She was also a regular on Nurse, played Harriet on Sesame Street, and appeared as Grady's cousin Emma on Sanford and Son.[3]
Taylor started working in the theatre—with the American Negro Theatre—at a time when there were few opportunities for African-American actors. To support herself she followed in the footsteps of her father, Leon B. Taylor, Sr., and went to work for the U.S. Post Office. In the 1960's she got her big break that enabled her to act full-time. Taylor was one of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company, headquartered in New York's East Village on St. Mark's Place.

Film work

While working with the NEC she got her first offer of a movie role in Change of Mind. Her next film role was as "Minnie" in Otto Preminger's Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. In 1971 she played Birdie in Clint Eastwood's Play Misty For Me. In 1973, she brought a role she had pioneered off-Broadway to film, playing Gladys Brooks in Five on the Blackhand Side.

Stage

Taylor appeared in The Wiz as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.[1] Her most recent performance was in a touring production of her one-woman show, Moms, for which she won an Obie Award in 1987 for best performance by an actress. Her most recent film appearance was a small role in Wayne Wang's film Smoke.

Death

Clarice Taylor died in Englewood, New Jersey from congestive heart failure, aged 93. She is survived by her two adopted sons, William and James Thomas, and extended family.[1]