Tina Lifford

Last updated
Tina Lifford
Tina Lifford 2019.jpg
Lifford in 2019
Born
Occupation(s)Actress, author, playwright
Years active1983–present
Website www.tinalifford.com

Tina Lifford is an American actress and playwright. [1] She is best known for her leading role as single mother Joan Mosley in the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox comedy-drama series, South Central (1994), and her recurring role as Renee Trussell in the NBC drama series, Parenthood (2010–2015). She has starring roles in the feature films Grand Canyon (1991), Blood Work (2002), and Hostage (2005). In 2016, Lifford began starring as Violet Bordelon (Aunt Vi) in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Queen Sugar .

Contents

Life and career

Tina Lifford began her career in 1980s, appearing on television shows include Hill Street Blues , Cagney & Lacey , and Murder, She Wrote . From 1983 to 1988, she had the recurring role on Knots Landing . In film, she made her debut in The Ladies Club (1986). [2] The following years, she had appeared in films include Nuts (1987), Colors (1988), Paris Trout (1991), Grand Canyon (1991), Letters from a Killer (1998), Panic (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Joe Somebody (2001), Blood Work (2002), Hostage (2005), and Catch and Release (2006).

Lifford played the leading role as single mother Joan Mosley in the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox comedy-drama series, South Central (1994). [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] In addition to her leading role on South Central , Lifford was regular cast member on the short-lived NBC drama, Crisis Center (1997). [8] She had number of starring roles on the made-for-television movies, include The Ernest Green Story (1993), Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (1996) playing Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mandela and de Klerk (1997) as Winnie Mandela, The Temptations (1998), and The Loretta Claiborne Story (2000) starring Kimberly Elise. [2]

Over her career, Lifford has guest-starred in over 50 shows, include Touched by an Angel , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Any Day Now , NYPD Blue , NCIS , ER , and Nip/Tuck . She has also had recurring roles on Family Law (1999–2001), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2004–2005), Lincoln Heights (2007–2009), Parenthood (2010–2015) as Joy Bryant's mother and Scandal (2015).

In 2016, Lifford was cast in her first series regular role as of 1990s, in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama Queen Sugar, produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. She played the role of Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner). Violet was a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with a younger man (played by Omar Dorsey). [9] For her performance, Lifford received two NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, as well as Black Reel Awards nomination. [10] [11]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Why Me?-TV movie
1986 The Ladies Club Patty
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Additional Voices
Nuts Lawyer #2
1988 Colors Mrs. Craig
Casual Sex? Additional Voices
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Background Voice
1991 New Jack City Recovering Addict
Paris Trout Mary Sayers
Wedlock Policewoman
The Rape of Doctor WillisOfficer RollinsTV movie
Grand Canyon Deborah
1992 Bébé's Kids Additional Voices
1993 The Ernest Green Story Mrs. GreenTV movie
Doppelganger Additional Voices
Born Too SoonLatanyaTV movie
1994In the Line of Duty: The Price of VengeanceJeanTV movie
1995 Babe Sheep (voice)
DivasGeraldineTV movie
A Streetcar Named Desire The NeighborTV movie
1996 America's Dream SarahTV movie
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Jackie Joyner-Kersee TV movie
After Jimmy Susan JohnsonTV movie
The Longest SeasonEmployment CounselorShort
1997 Mandela and de Klerk Winnie Mandela TV movie
ClonedClaire BarnesTV movie
1998 Letters from a Killer Elizabeth
Secrets-Short
The Temptations HazeTV movie
2000 Panic Dr. Leavitt
The '70sAunt OlaveeTV movie
Pay It Forward Principal
2001A Girl ThingSharonTV movie
Amy's Orgasm Irene Barris
Joe Somebody Cassandra Taylor
2002 Blood Work Detective Jaye Winston
2005 Hostage Laura Shoemaker
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Grace TaylorVideo
2006 Catch and Release Eve
2010The Ties That BindKaren WhiteShort
2016 The Devil's Dolls Della
2017A Gift to RememberMrs. HenleyTV movie
2019Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2Mrs. HenleyTV movie
2021A Holiday in HarlemMama BelleTV movie
2024 We Strangers Willie MartinCompleted

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983 Hill Street Blues StenographerEpisode: "Death by Kiki"
1983-88 Knots Landing TinaGuest: season 4 & 6 & 9, recurring cast: season 7-8
1984 Cagney & Lacey Precinct OfficerEpisode: "The Bounty Hunter"
1984-85 T.J. Hooker Lorraine/NurseEpisode: "Hooker's Run" & "The Assassin"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Leora CargillEpisode: "Tough Guys Don't Die"
1986 Amen RuthEpisode: "Maitre D'eacon"
1987 Perfect Strangers Mrs. CooperEpisode: "Dog Gone Blues"
It's Garry Shandling's Show Nurse HelenEpisode: "Pete Has an Affair"
Jake and the Fatman -Episode: "Fatal Attraction"
Days of Our Lives Dora/Nurse AudreyEpisode: "Episode #1.5424" & "Episode #1.5601"
Frank's Place Ray's WifeEpisode: "Season's Greetings"
1988 Simon & Simon Elissa ByersEpisodes: "Love Song of Abigail Marsh" & "Shadows"
1989 Tour of Duty Nurse PritchardEpisode: "Doc Hock"
1990 Hunter Frankie MasonEpisode: "Unacceptable Loss"
1991 True Colors RuthEpisode: "A Moment of Ruth"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Mrs. HooverEpisode: "The Mother of All Battles"
Beverly Hills, 90210 Felicity AsheEpisode: "Ashes to Ashes"
1993 Love & War Dee Dee BurnetteEpisode: "Valentine's Day"
Life Goes On Admitting NurseEpisode: "Five to Midnight
L.A. Law Faith GlassmanEpisodes: "Pacific Rimshot" & "Safe Sex"
1994 South Central Joan MoselyMain cast
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine LeeEpisodes: "Past Tense: Part I & Part II"
Courthouse Holly BakerEpisode: "Conflict of Interest"
1995-96 American Gothic Loris HoltRecurring cast
1997 Crisis Center Tess RobinsonMain cast
Gun SallyEpisode: "All the President's Women"
1998 Touched by an Angel SisEpisode: "Doodlebugs"
The Practice Mrs. JohnsonEpisode: "Trees in the Forest"
Martial Law Halle WinshipEpisode: "How Sammo Got His Groove Back"
JAG Juanita ResslerEpisode: "Act of Terror"
1999-2001 Family Law Judge Alice KingstonRecurring cast
2000 Any Day Now Savannah DakarEpisode: "Homegirl"
The Wonderful World of Disney Rita ClaiborneEpisode: "The Loretta Claiborne Story"
NYPD Blue Lorraine WigginsEpisode: "Brothers Under Arms"
That's Life -Episode: "Pilot"
JAG Juanita ResslerEpisode: "JAG TV"
2001 Judging Amy Ms. ArroyoEpisode: "Darkness for Light"
Strong Medicine Brenda BabsonEpisode: "Bloodwork"
2003 For the People -Episode: "Power Play"
Karen Sisco Anya DevlinEpisode: "Blown Away"
The Lyon's Den Halle BergerEpisode: "Hubris"
2004 Threat Matrix The Female PathologistEpisode: "PPX"
2004-05 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Judge WitherspoonRecurring cast: season 5, guest: season 6
2005 NCIS Dr. Pamela FoxEpisode: "Witness"
ER Evelyn PrattRecurring cast: Season 12
2006 Mystery Woman BonnieEpisode: "Sing Me a Murder" & "Redemption"
Heroes Paulette HawkinsEpisode: "Chapter Three 'One Giant Leap'"
2007-09 Lincoln Heights Dorothy HammondRecurring cast: season 2-4
2008 In Plain Sight Denise McBride / Denise MorrisEpisode: "Iris Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
Cold Case Phoebe Curtis '08Episode: "Triple Threat"
2009 Nip/Tuck Warden DeMarcoRecurring cast: Season 6
2010 Criminal Minds NoraEpisode: "...A Thousand Words"
2010-15 Parenthood Renee TrussellGuest: season 1 & 3, 5-6, recurring cast: season 2 & 4
2011 The Protector -Episode: "Class"
Friends with Benefits MarshaEpisode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Judge Nora LaffordEpisode: "Welcome Back"
Single Ladies Evelyn LancasterRecurring cast: season 2
2015 Minority Report Lily VegaRecurring cast
2015-17 Scandal CIA Director LowryRecurring cast: season 4 & 6
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Brenda WillisEpisode: "Denial"
2016-22 Queen Sugar Violet BordelonMain cast
2020 The Rookie Warden MillerEpisode: "Under the Gun"
Filthy Rich MoniqueRecurring cast

Awards and nominations

YearAwardsCategoryRecipientOutcome
1996 CableACE Awards CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Special or Series "America's Dream"Nominated
2018 NAACP Image Award NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series "Queen Sugar"Nominated
2019 Black Reel Awards Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series "Queen Sugar"Nominated
2020 NAACP Image Award NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series "Queen Sugar"Nominated

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kim Wayans</span> American actress

Kimberly Nichole Wayans is an American actress and comedian. She is the sister of Keenen Ivory, Damon Sr., Marlon, Shawn and Nadia Wayans. She is best known for her numerous roles on the Fox sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990–94), and Tonia Harris on In the House (1995–98).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Terri J. Vaughn</span> American actress, director and producer (born 1969)

Terri Juanita Vaughn is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for her role as high school secretary Lovita Alizay Jenkins-Robinson in The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show (1997–2002), for which she received three NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She later co-starred in the UPN/The CW sitcom All of Us (2003–2005), and TBS sitcom Meet the Browns (2009–2011).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Erika Alexander</span> American actress

Erika Rose Alexander is an American actress, writer, producer, entrepreneur and activist best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1990–1992), and Maxine Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single (1993–1998). She has won numerous awards for her work on Living Single, including two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Her film credits include The Long Walk Home (1990), 30 Years to Life (2001), Déjà Vu (2006), Get Out (2017), American Refugee (2021), Earth Mama (2023) and American Fiction (2023), for which she received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Performance nomination.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vanessa Estelle Williams</span> American actress

Vanessa Estelle Williams, sometimes professionally credited as Vanessa A. Williams, is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Maxine Joseph–Chadway in the Showtime drama series, Soul Food (2000–04), for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and as Nino Brown's feisty gun moll, Keisha in the 1991 crime drama film, New Jack City. Williams is also known for her role as Anne-Marie McCoy in the first and fourth of the Candyman films, and as Rhonda Blair in the first season of the Fox prime time soap opera, Melrose Place (1992–93).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bianca Lawson</span> American actress

Bianca Lawson is an American actress. She is known for her regular roles in the television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Goode Behavior, Pretty Little Liars, and Rogue. She has also had recurring roles in the series Sister, Sister, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Steve Harvey Show, Dawson's Creek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and Witches of East End. In 2016, Lawson began starring in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Queen Sugar.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nicole Ari Parker</span> American actress

Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe is an American actress and model. She made her screen debut with a leading role in the critically acclaimed independent film The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995) and went on to appear in Boogie Nights (1997), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lynn Whitfield</span> American actress (born 1953)

Lynn Whitfield is an American actress. She began her acting career in television and theatre before progressing to supporting roles in film. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her breakout performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO biographical film The Josephine Baker Story (1991).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lela Rochon</span> American actress

Lela Rochon Fuqua, is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Robin Stokes in the 1995 romantic drama film Waiting to Exhale. Rochon also had roles in the films Harlem Nights (1989), Boomerang (1992), The Chamber (1996), Gang Related (1997), Knock Off (1998), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), and Any Given Sunday (1999).

Shari Headley is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Lisa McDowell in the 1988 box-office hit romantic comedy film Coming to America and its sequel Coming 2 America (2021). Headley also has appeared in films The Preacher's Wife (1996) and Johnson Family Vacation (2004).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Glynn Turman</span> American actor, writer, director (born 1947)

Glynn Russell Turman is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. First coming to attention as a child actor in the original 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, Turman is known for his roles as Lew Miles on the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place (1968–1969), high school student Leroy "Preach" Jackson in the 1975 coming-of-age film Cooley High, math professor and retired Army colonel Bradford Taylor on the NBC sitcom A Different World (1988–1993), and Baltimore mayor Clarence Royce on the HBO drama series The Wire. He received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on the HBO drama series In Treatment.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dondré Whitfield</span> American actor (b. 1969)

Dondré Terrell Whitfield is an American actor. He began his career appearing in a recurring role as Robert Foreman on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1985–87), before playing Terrence Frye in the ABC Daytime soap opera, All My Children (1991–94). He received three Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series nominations for his performance on All My Children.

Michael Michele Williams is an American actress and fashion designer. She began her career on stage before appearing opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1991 film New Jack City.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kim Hawthorne</span> American actress (born 1968)

Kimberly Hawthorne is an American actress. She began her career appearing on Broadway and daytime soap operas, before landing supporting roles on the prime time dramas. From 2000 to 2005, Hawthorne was regular cast member in the CBC Television police drama, Da Vinci's Inquest. From 2016 to 2020, she starred as Kerissa Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rutina Wesley</span> American actress

Rutina Wesley is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Tara Thornton on the HBO television series True Blood, and Nova Bordelon on OWN’s Queen Sugar.

Juanita Jennings is an American actress, known for her roles on television.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Omar Dorsey</span> American actor

Omar J. Dorsey is an American actor. He has appeared in films The Blind Side (2009), Django Unchained (2012), and Selma (2014) playing James Orange. In 2016, Dorsey began starring as Hollingsworth "Hollywood" Desonier in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.

<i>Queen Sugar</i> 2016 American drama television series

Queen Sugar is an American drama television series created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, with Oprah Winfrey serving as an executive producer. DuVernay also directed the first two episodes. The series is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by American writer Natalie Baszile. Queen Sugar centers on the lives of three siblings in rural Louisiana who must deal with the aftermath of their father's sudden death and decide the fate of his 800-acre sugarcane farm. The mainstream themes in the series often accompany episodes centered on racial profiling, the long reach of chattel slavery in American history and the inequities in the criminal justice system, and other issues related to African Americans.

Greenleaf is an American drama television series created by Craig Wright, and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Television. Clement Virgo also serves as an executive producer and director. It stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, and Merle Dandridge. Greenleaf premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on June 21, 2016.

Dawn-Lyen Gardner is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Charley Bordelon West in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.

<i>Queen Sugar</i> (novel) 2014 novel by Natalie Baszile

Queen Sugar is the debut novel of American writer Natalie Baszile, published by Penguin in 2014. Set in contemporary Louisiana, it tells the story of Charley Bordelon, a young African-American divorcee from Los Angeles who moves to a rural town to manage a sugarcane farm she had unexpectedly inherited there from her father.

References

  1. Childs, Joy (February 7, 2011). "Tina Lifford shares her circle". Los Angeles Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2016-09-21. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Tina Lifford Biography ((?)-)" . Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  3. Rosenberg, Howard (April 4, 1994). "Fox Looks Inside 'South Central'". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  4. "'South Central' Dares To Be Realistic". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  5. "South Central - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  6. Scott, Tony. "South Central". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  7. Armour, TJ (April 3, 2014). "Actress Tina Lifford changing lives with The Inner Fitness Project". Rolling Out. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  8. "Crisis Center". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  9. Denise Petski (February 16, 2016). "Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett & Nicholas L. Ashe Join OWN's 'Queen Sugar'". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  10. "Tina Lifford". IMDb.
  11. "NAACP's Image Awards List of Winners: Lizzo, 'Just Mercy,' 'black-ish-". February 23, 2020.