Mary Alice

Mary Alice (born Mary Alice Smith; December 3, 1941) is an American actress.

    Life and career

    Alice was born Mary Alice Smith in Indianola, Mississippi, the daughter of Ozelar (née Jurnakin) and Sam Smith. She had a yen to act and began her career on stage in her hometown.

    Alice has appeared in over 50 television shows and feature films during her career. She made her screen debut in 1974 film The Education of Sonny Carson, and later guest-starred in Police Woman and Sanford and Son. She played Ellie Grant Hubbard on soap opera All My Children in the early 1980s, and co-starred in A Different World as Leticia 'Lettie' Bostic from 1988 to 1989.

    In 1987 she received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work in Fences. She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1993 for I'll Fly Away (1991–1993). Alice's other film credits include Malcolm X (1992), The Inkwell (1994) and Down in the Delta with Alfre Woodard.

    In 2000, Alice was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

    Alice replaced Gloria Foster in the film The Matrix Revolutions and video game Enter The Matrix as the Oracle, after Foster died in 2001.



    Year Title Role Notes
    1974 The Education of Sonny Carson Moms
    1974 The Sty of the Blind Pig Alberta Warren Television movie
    1976 Just an Old Sweet Song Helen Mayfield Television movie
    1976 Sparkle Effie
    1979 Lawman Without a Gun Minnie Hayward Television movie
    1981 The Color of Friendship Mrs. Garth
    1983 The Brass Ring Mrs. Hauser Television movie
    1984 Beat Street Cora Kirkland
    1984 Concealed Enemies Edith Murray
    1984 Teachers Linda Ganz
    1985 Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom Blind Lily

    1988-1990|| "A Different World (tv series) || Lettie Bostic

    1990 To Sleep with Anger Suzie Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
    1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Annie Lamb
    1990 Awakenings Nurse Margaret
    1992 Malcolm X School teacher
    1993 A Perfect World Lottie
    1993 Laurel Avenue Maggie Arnett Television movie
    Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
    1993 Life with Mikey Mrs. Gordon
    1994 The Inkwell Evelyn
    1994 The Vernon Johns Story Altona Television movie
    1995 Heading Home N/A
    1995 Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Adele Thompson Television movie
    1996 Bed of Roses Alice
    1998 Down in the Delta Rosa Lynn Sinclair
    1999 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Dolores Williams
    1999 The Wishing Tree Mattie
    2000 The Photographer Violet
    2001 The Last Brickmaker in America Dorothy Cobb Television movie
    2002 Sunshine State Mrs. Eunice Stokes
    2002 The Life Emiline Crane Short film
    2003 The Matrix Revolutions The Oracle Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress

    "A Different World" Lettue Bostic


    Year Title Role Notes
    1975 Police Woman Marnie Episode: "Target Black"
    1975 Sanford and Son Frances Victor 2 episodes
    1975 Good Times Loretta Episode: "The Baby"
    1975 The Family Holvak Samantha Wilson Episode: "The Tribute"
    1976 Insight Karen Fuller Episode: "Juvie"
    1976 Serpico Angel Episode: "The Traitor in Our Midst"
    1976 Visions Evelyn Burrell Episode: "Scenes from the Middle Class"
    1980 All My Children Ellie Grant Hubbard Unknown episodes
    1988–1989 A Different World Leticia "Lettie" Bostic 19 episodes
    1989 The Women of Brewster Place Fannie Michael 2 episodes
    1990 L.A. Law Maxine Manley Episode: "Watts a Matter?"
    1992 I'll Fly Away Marguerite Peck 7 episodes
    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    1993 Law & Order Virginia Bryan Episode: "Mother Love"
    1994 Great Performances N/A Episode: "Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother'"
    1997 Orleans Ella Clark Episode: "Baby-Sitting"
    1999 Cosby Loretta 3 episodes
    2000 Touched by an Angel Georgia Bishop Episode: "God Bless the Child"
    2000 Providence Abby Franklin Episode: "The Gift"
    2001 Soul Food Mrs. Pettaway Episode: "Sex and Money"
    2002 Oz Eugenia Hill Episode: "Visitation"
    2004 Line of Fire Jackie Simon Episode: "The Senator"
    2004 The Jury Elaine Nebatoff Episode: "Memories"
    2005 Kojak Joyce Episode: "All That Glitters"


    Year Title Role Notes
    1969–1971 No Place to Be Somebody Cora Beasley
    1987–1988 Fences Rose Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
    Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
    1994–1995 The Shadow Box Maggie
    1995 Having Our Say Dr. Bessie Delaney Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
    Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play



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