Anna Maria Horsford

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Anna Maria Horsford
Born (1948-03-06) March 6, 1948 (age 71)
Education High School of Performing Arts [1]
Years active1967present

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.

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<i>The Wayans Bros.</i> television series

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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).

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Early life

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. [2] [3] According to a DNA analysis, she has maternal ancestry from the Limba people of Sierra Leone. [4]

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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 . [5]

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More recently, she was seen in the first season of Grey's Anatomy . [6] She returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas . She portrayed Helen on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines . [5]

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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. [7]

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43rd Daytime Emmy Awards award

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Political and social causes

On October 29, 2011, Horsford was awarded the title of Ambassador of Tourism of Antigua. [3]



1979 An Almost Perfect Affair Amy Zon
1979Hollow ImageMonicaTelevision Movie
1980 Times Square Rosie Washington
1981 The Fan Emily Stolz
1981 Bill Ms. Marge KeatingTelevision Movie
1982 Love Child Mara
1982Muggable Mary, Street CopKathy ThomasTelevision Movie
1982Benny's PlaceCharmaineTelevision Movie
1983 Class Maggie
1984 Crackers Slam Dunk
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Naomi
1985 Stone Pillow CollinsTelevision Movie
1986 Nobody's Child Nurse BettyTelevision Movie
1986 A Case of Deadly Force Virginia CatesTelevision Movie
1986 Permanent Wave EvaShort film
1986 Heartburn Della, Harry's Maid
1986 C.A.T. Squad Mrs. RainesTelevision Movie
1987 Street Smart Harriett
1987If It's Tuesday, It Must Be BelgiumTelevision Movie
1988Who Gets the FriendsTelevision Movie
1989 Taken Away Mrs. PiersonTelevision Movie
1990 Presumed Innocent Eugenia
1990 A Killer Among Us Barbara EvansTelevision Movie
1992Murder without Motive: The Edmund Perry StoryVeronica PerryTelevision Movie
1993 Mr. Jones Judge Harris
1995 Friday Betty Jones
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
1996Widow's KissLavanda HarrisonTelevision Movie
1997Circle of PainTelevision Movie
1997 Kiss the Girls Vickie CrossCameo
1999At Face ValueMosettaShort
2000 Dancing In September Sitcom Mom
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Denise's Mother
2000 Lockdown Saunders
2001 Along Came a Spider Vickie
2001 How High Mamma King
2001JackedThelma Barnes
2002 Minority Report Casey
2002 Friday After Next Betty Jones
2004 Justice Chief Public Defender Poole
2004Guarding EddyCarol
2005My Big Phat Hip Hop FamilyMamma Pearl
2005GankedMrs. BarryVideo
2006 Gridiron Gang Sharon Weathers
2006 Broken Bridges Loretta
2007 Trade Detective Martinez
2007 I Tried Milly
2010 Our Family Wedding Diane Boyd
2010 Wigger Ruth
2012 Living Loaded BernieTelevision Movie
2013 A Madea Christmas Elieen Murphy
2017Jalen vs. EverybodyMomTelevision Movie
2017Gladys BrownGladys BrownShort


1978 NBC Special Treat Ginnie SheridanEpisode: "The Tap Dance Kid"
1979 Guiding Light Clara JonesUnknown episodes
1981-1984 ABC Afterschool Specials Stephanie Marshak/JessicaEpisodes: "Starstruck", "Summer Switch"
1982 Nurse JoleenEpisode: "The Store"
1983The FirmSergeant JohnsonEpisode: "Pilot"
1985 American Playhouse HannahEpisode: "Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom"
1986-1991 Amen Thelma FryeSeries regular, 110 episodes
1987 The Bronx Zoo Mrs. DevlinEpisode: "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
1991 Baby Talk Cynthia WilloughbyEpisode: "Womb with a View"
1991 L.A. Law JudgeEpisode: "Do the Spike Thing"
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Karen CarruthersEpisode: "Geoffrey Cleans Up"
1992-1993 Rhythm & Blues Veronica WashingtonSeries regular, 13 episodes
1992-1993The Adddams FamilyAdditional VoicesRecurring role, 21 episodes
1993 Tall Hopes Lainie HarrisSeries regular, 6 episodes
1995-1999 The Wayans Bros Deidre "Dee" BaxterSeries regular, 80 episodes
1996 Sparks Wilma's AuntEpisode: "How Papa Got His Groove Back"
1998 L.A. Doctors Angela DalyEpisodes: "Pilot", "Under the Radar"
1998 7th Heaven JoyceEpisode: "Here Comes Santa Claus"
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Gola's Mother (voice)Episode: "Chimp off the Block"
1999 Judging Amy Defense Attorney CharlesEpisode: "Crowed House"
2000 Moesha Diane HendersonEpisode: "The Candidate"
2002 The Chronicle Jolene FreewaldEpisode: "Touched by an Alien"
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Aunt SisEpisode: "Family Reunion"
2004 The District Yates/Bobbi Yates/Vicky Yates3 episodes
2004 Method & Red DorotheaSeries regular, 13 episodes
2005-2006 Entourage Saigon's MotherEpisodes: "Good Morning, Saigon", "I Wanna Be Sedated"
2005, 2007 Grey's Anatomy Elizabeth FallonEpisodes: "No Man's Land", "Some Kind of Miracle"
2005-2008 The Shield A.D.A Beth EncardiRecurring role, 8 episodes
2006 Heist Wanda EvansEpisode: "How Billy Got His Groove Back"
2008 Las Vegas Aunt VoniceEpisode: "Three Weddings and a Funeral Part 2"
2008 Everybody Hates Chris Hattie MitchellEpisodes: "Everybody Hates Easter", "Everybody Hates the BFD"
2009 Cold Case Geraldine Watkins '09Episode: "Soul"
2010 American Dad! VoiceEpisode: "The People vs. Martin Sugar"
2011 Let's Stay Together Raynelle/JacquelineEpisodes: "The Wedding Planner", "Your Arm's Too Short to Box with Grandparents"
2011 Reed Between the Lines Helen WilsonSeries regular, 20 episodes
2012 Key and Peele MaidEpisode: "Dueling Magical Negros"
2012 The League Trina RichardsonEpisode: "Training Camp"
2012, 2017 New Girl CharmaineEpisodes: "Katie", "Misery"
2015 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Janet BarrettEpisode: "The Gang Goes on Family Fight"
2015 The Soul Man CeciEpisode: "Mo Momma, Mo Problems"
2015-present The Bold and The Beautiful Vivienne AvantSeries regular,

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Black Reel Award Best Actress – Network/Cable Television JusticeNominated
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 BeautifulNominated

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