Graves in Get Christie Love!
|Died||October 10, 2002 54) (aged|
|Other names||Theresa Graves|
William Reddick(m. 1977–1983)
Teresa Graves (January 10, 1948 –October 10, 2002) was an American actress and singer. As the star of the 1974 Get Christie Love! , Graves is credited as being the first black woman to star in her own hour-long drama television series.
Get Christie Love! is an American crime drama TV series starring Teresa Graves as an undercover African-American female police detective. The series is based on Dorothy Uhnak's crime-thriller novel The Ledger. However, the main character "Christie Opara"—a white, New York Police detective—was dropped completely and "Christie Love" emerged.
Born in Houston, Texas, Graves began her career singing with The Doodletown Pipers.She soon turned to acting and became a regular in the two variety shows: Our Place (1967) and the infamous single episode of Turn-On (1969). She then became a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In during its third season. Graves appeared in a number of films. In the 1973 film That Man Bolt , in which she played Samantha Nightingale, Graves' character is shot to death when she is in bed during a nude love scene with Fred Williamson, who plays the leading role of Jefferson Bolt. Her pivotal role in the 1974 crime drama series Get Christie Love! featured Charles Cioffi and Jack Kelly as Lieutenants Reardon and Ryan, respectively, Love's supervisors. Jet magazine described Graves as "television's most delightful detective, the epitome of a tough lady cop with more feminine features than Venus". In 1969 she toured with Bob Hope's USO tour in Southeast Asia.
The Doodletown Pipers were a 1960s and 1970s easy listening vocal group founded by Ward Ellis, George Wilkins, Bernie Brillstein and Jerry Weintraub.
Our Place is an American musical variety show that aired on CBS during the summer of 1967. The official "host" was one of Jim Henson's early Muppets, Rowlf the Dog. The show's other regulars were comedians Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber and the singing Doodletown Pipers.
Turn-On is an American sketch comedy series that aired on ABC in February 1969. Only one episode was shown, leaving one episode unaired, and the show is considered one of the most infamous flops in TV history.
Graves was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in 1974, and almost immediately began using her celebrity to bring international awareness to the persecution of Witnesses in Malawi under then-leader Hastings Kamuzu Banda's "one-party rule".On June 25, 1977, she married William D. Reddick. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1983, she retired from show business to devote her time to the religion. For the rest of her life, Graves resided at 3437 West 78th Place in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, and took care of her mother. On October 10, 2002, Graves' home caught fire. She was found unconscious in a bedroom before being rushed to the hospital where she later died. She was 54 years old.
|1969||Turn-On||Regular Performer||1 episode|
|1969–1970||Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In||Regular performer||26 episodes|
|1971||The Funny Side||Minority Wife||Unknown episodes|
|1972||Keeping Up with the Joneses||Television movie|
|1972||The New Dick Van Dyke Show||Nurse Allen||1 episode|
|1973||The Rookies||Susan Davis||1 episode|
|1973||That Man Bolt||Samantha Nightingale|
|1974||Vampira||Countess Vampira||Alternative titles: Old Dracula|
|1974||Get Christie Love!||Christie Love||Television movie|
|1974||Get Christie Love!||Christie Love||22 episodes|
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1975||Golden Globe Award||Nominated||Best TV Actress - Drama||Get Christie Love!|
|1977||TP de Oro||Won||Best Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)||Get Christie Love!|
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