Anna Maria Horsford
|Born||March 6, 1948|
New York, New York, U.S.
|Education||High School of Performing Arts|
Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948) is an American actress, known for her performances in television comedies.
Horsford is best known for her roles as Thelma Frye on the NBC sitcom Amen (1986–91), and as Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. (1995–99). She had dramatic roles on the FX crime drama The Shield playing A.D.A. Beth Encardi, and CBS daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as Vivienne Avant, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 2016.
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.
Amen is an American sitcom produced by Carson Productions that aired on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen stars Hemsley as the deacon of a church and was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s and early 1990s which featured predominantly black casts – others included The Cosby Show, A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and 227.
The Wayans Bros. is an American sitcom that aired on The WB from January 11, 1995, to May 20, 1999. The series starred real life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The series also starred John Witherspoon and Anna Maria Horsford.
Horsford appeared in a number of movies, most notable as Craig Jones' mother Betty in 1995 comedy film Friday and its sequel Friday After Next (2002). Her other film credits include Times Square (1980), The Fan (1981), Presumed Innocent (1990), Set It Off (1996), Along Came a Spider (2001), Our Family Wedding (2010), and A Madea Christmas (2013).
Friday is a 1995 American stoner comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut. It stars Ice Cube, who co-wrote the film with DJ Pooh, and Chris Tucker. The film details roughly 16 hours in the lives of unemployed Craig Jones (Cube) and Smokey (Tucker), who must pay a drug dealer $200 by 10:00 p.m.
Friday After Next is a 2002 American Christmas stoner comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy and starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. It is the third installment in the Friday series. The film was theatrically released on November 22, 2002 to minor box office success but generally negative reviews.
Times Square is a 1980 American drama film directed by Allan Moyle and starring Trini Alvarado and Robin Johnson as teenage runaways from opposite sides of the tracks and Tim Curry as a radio DJ. The film is set in New York City. The plot embodies a punk rock ethic of misunderstood youth articulating their frustrations toward adult authority through music.
Horsford was born in Harlem in 1948 to Victor Horsford, an investment real estate broker originally from the Dominican Republic, and Lillian Agatha (née Richardson) Horsford, emigrated from Antigua and Barbuda in the 1940s.According to a DNA analysis, she has maternal ancestry from the Limba people of Sierra Leone.
Harlem is a neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is bounded roughly by Frederick Douglass Boulevard, St. Nicholas Avenue, and Morningside Park on the west; the Harlem River and 155th Street on the north; Fifth Avenue on the east; and Central Park North on the south. It is part of greater Harlem, an area that encompasses several other neighborhoods and extends west to the Hudson River, north to 155th Street, east to the East River, and south to 96th Street.
The Dominican Republic is a country located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which it shares with the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two sovereign states. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area at 48,671 square kilometers (18,792 sq mi), and third by population with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.
Antigua and Barbuda is a country in the West Indies in the Americas, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands. The permanent population numbers about 81,800 and the capital and largest port and city is St. John's on Antigua. Lying near each other, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17°N of the equator.
Her first major role in television was as a producer for the PBS show Soul! , hosted by Ellis Haizlip, which aired between 1967 and 1973. One of her first TV appearances was on the first run syndication game show of To Tell the Truth in 1973 where she was an imposter for Laura Livingston, One of the first female military police. Horsford made guest appearances on such sitcoms as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , Sparks , Moesha , The Bernie Mac Show , The Shield , Girlfriends , and Everybody Hates Chris . She had main roles on the sitcoms The Wayans Bros. as "Dee Baxter" and "Thelma Frye" on Amen . She appeared on the drama Judging Amy .
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor. It is a nonprofit organization and the most prominent provider of educational television programming to public television stations in the United States, distributing series such as American Experience, America's Test Kitchen, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Downton Abbey, Finding Your Roots, Frontline, The Magic School Bus, Masterpiece, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Nature, Nova, the PBS NewsHour, Sesame Street, and This Old House.
Soul! or SOUL! was a pioneering performance/variety television program in the late 1960s and early 1970s produced by New York City PBS affiliate, WNET. It showcased African American music, dance and literature.
To Tell the Truth is an American television panel game show in which four celebrity panelists are presented with three contestants and must identify which is the "central character" whose unusual occupation or experience has been read out by the show's moderator/host. When the panelists question the contestants, the two "impostors" may lie whereas the "central character" must tell the truth. The setup adds the "impostor" element to the format of What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret.
More recently, she was seen in the first season of Grey's Anatomy .She returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas . She portrayed Helen on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines .
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that premiered on March 27, 2005, on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a mid-season replacement. The fictional series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians, as they develop into seasoned doctors while trying to maintain personal lives and relationships. The title is a play on Gray's Anatomy, a classic human anatomy textbook first published in 1858 in London and written by Henry Gray. Shonda Rhimes developed the pilot and continues to write for the series; she is also one of the executive producers, along with Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, and Allan Heinberg. Although the series is set in Seattle, it is filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas is a 2013 American Christmas comedy film directed, written, produced by and starring Tyler Perry. This is the first Christmas themed film from the writer-director; and also an adaptation of his play of the same name, though it has a completely different plot. This is the seventeenth film by Perry, and the seventh in the Madea franchise. It was released in theaters on December 13, 2013.
Reed Between the Lines is an American television family sitcom that premiered on October 11, 2011, on BET. The series was renewed for a second season on April 12, 2011. It was later announced in August 2012 that Tracee Ellis Ross would not return for the second season and three new cast members would be joining the cast. On September 12, 2013, it was revealed that Reed Between the Lines had been canceled and that Young Man on Campus would not be green-lit to series. Malcolm Jamal-Warner confirmed in December 2013 that the second season will not air despite the network completing production on an entire second season in late 2012. The series moved to Centric for a second season which premiered on September 18, 2015.
Horsford currently has a recurring role as Vivienne Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful . For the role, she was nominated for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series in the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards.
The Bold and the Beautiful is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. It premiered on March 23, 1987, as a sister show to the Bells' other soap opera The Young and the Restless; several characters from each of the two shows have crossed over to the other since the early 1990s. Set in Los Angeles, California, the show centers upon the Forrester family and their fashion house business Forrester Creations.
The 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), "recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the 2015 calendar year". The ceremony took place on May 1, 2016 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, California.
On October 29, 2011, Horsford was awarded the title of Ambassador of Tourism of Antigua.
|1979||An Almost Perfect Affair||Amy Zon|
|1979||Hollow Image||Monica||Television Movie|
|1980||Times Square||Rosie Washington|
|1981||The Fan||Emily Stolz|
|1981||Bill||Ms. Marge Keating||Television Movie|
|1982||Muggable Mary, Street Cop||Kathy Thomas||Television Movie|
|1982||Benny's Place||Charmaine||Television Movie|
|1985||St. Elmo's Fire||Naomi|
|1985||Stone Pillow||Collins||Television Movie|
|1986||Nobody's Child||Nurse Betty||Television Movie|
|1986||A Case of Deadly Force||Virginia Cates||Television Movie|
|1986||Permanent Wave||Eva||Short film|
|1986||Heartburn||Della, Harry's Maid|
|1986||C.A.T. Squad||Mrs. Raines||Television Movie|
|1987||If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium||Television Movie|
|1988||Who Gets the Friends||Television Movie|
|1989||Taken Away||Mrs. Pierson||Television Movie|
|1990||A Killer Among Us||Barbara Evans||Television Movie|
|1992||Murder without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story||Veronica Perry||Television Movie|
|1993||Mr. Jones||Judge Harris|
|1995||Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored||Miss Annie|
|1996||Dear God||Lucille Barnett|
|1996||Set It Off||Ms. Wells|
|1996||One Fine Day||Evelyn|
|1996||Widow's Kiss||Lavanda Harrison||Television Movie|
|1997||Circle of Pain||Television Movie|
|1997||Kiss the Girls||Vickie Cross||Cameo|
|1999||At Face Value||Mosetta||Short|
|2000||Dancing In September||Sitcom Mom|
|2000||Nutty Professor II: The Klumps||Denise's Mother|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||Vickie|
|2001||How High||Mamma King|
|2002||Friday After Next||Betty Jones|
|2004||Justice||Chief Public Defender Poole|
|2005||My Big Phat Hip Hop Family||Mamma Pearl|
|2006||Gridiron Gang||Sharon Weathers|
|2010||Our Family Wedding||Diane Boyd|
|2012||Living Loaded||Bernie||Television Movie|
|2013||A Madea Christmas||Elieen Murphy|
|2017||Jalen vs. Everybody||Mom||Television Movie|
|2017||Gladys Brown||Gladys Brown||Short|
|1978||NBC Special Treat||Ginnie Sheridan||Episode: "The Tap Dance Kid"|
|1979||Guiding Light||Clara Jones||Unknown episodes|
|1981-1984||ABC Afterschool Specials||Stephanie Marshak/Jessica||Episodes: "Starstruck", "Summer Switch"|
|1982||Nurse||Joleen||Episode: "The Store"|
|1983||The Firm||Sergeant Johnson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1985||American Playhouse||Hannah||Episode: "Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom"|
|1986-1991||Amen||Thelma Frye||Series regular, 110 episodes|
|1987||The Bronx Zoo||Mrs. Devlin||Episode: "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City|
|1991||Baby Talk||Cynthia Willoughby||Episode: "Womb with a View"|
|1991||L.A. Law||Judge||Episode: "Do the Spike Thing"|
|1992||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Karen Carruthers||Episode: "Geoffrey Cleans Up"|
|1992-1993||Rhythm & Blues||Veronica Washington||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1992-1993||The Adddams Family||Additional Voices||Recurring role, 21 episodes|
|1993||Tall Hopes||Lainie Harris||Series regular, 6 episodes|
|1995-1999||The Wayans Bros||Deidre "Dee" Baxter||Series regular, 80 episodes|
|1996||Sparks||Wilma's Aunt||Episode: "How Papa Got His Groove Back"|
|1998||L.A. Doctors||Angela Daly||Episodes: "Pilot", "Under the Radar"|
|1998||7th Heaven||Joyce||Episode: "Here Comes Santa Claus"|
|1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Gola's Mother (voice)||Episode: "Chimp off the Block"|
|1999||Judging Amy||Defense Attorney Charles||Episode: "Crowed House"|
|2000||Moesha||Diane Henderson||Episode: "The Candidate"|
|2002||The Chronicle||Jolene Freewald||Episode: "Touched by an Alien"|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Aunt Sis||Episode: "Family Reunion"|
|2004||The District||Yates/Bobbi Yates/Vicky Yates||3 episodes|
|2004||Method & Red||Dorothea||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|2005-2006||Entourage||Saigon's Mother||Episodes: "Good Morning, Saigon", "I Wanna Be Sedated"|
|2005, 2007||Grey's Anatomy||Elizabeth Fallon||Episodes: "No Man's Land", "Some Kind of Miracle"|
|2005-2008||The Shield||A.D.A Beth Encardi||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2006||Heist||Wanda Evans||Episode: "How Billy Got His Groove Back"|
|2008||Las Vegas||Aunt Vonice||Episode: "Three Weddings and a Funeral Part 2"|
|2008||Everybody Hates Chris||Hattie Mitchell||Episodes: "Everybody Hates Easter", "Everybody Hates the BFD"|
|2009||Cold Case||Geraldine Watkins '09||Episode: "Soul"|
|2010||American Dad!||Voice||Episode: "The People vs. Martin Sugar"|
|2011||Let's Stay Together||Raynelle/Jacqueline||Episodes: "The Wedding Planner", "Your Arm's Too Short to Box with Grandparents"|
|2011||Reed Between the Lines||Helen Wilson||Series regular, 20 episodes|
|2012||Key and Peele||Maid||Episode: "Dueling Magical Negros"|
|2012||The League||Trina Richardson||Episode: "Training Camp"|
|2012, 2017||New Girl||Charmaine||Episodes: "Katie", "Misery"|
|2015||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Janet Barrett||Episode: "The Gang Goes on Family Fight"|
|2015||The Soul Man||Ceci||Episode: "Mo Momma, Mo Problems"|
|2015-present||The Bold and The Beautiful||Vivienne Avant||Series regular,|
|Black Reel Award||Best Actress – Network/Cable Television||Justice||Nominated|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||The Bold and the Beautiful||Nominated|
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