Tony and Emmy-winning actress Mary Alice dies at 85: NPR

Actress Mary Alice holding her Emmy Award in the press room in 1993.

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Actress Mary Alice holding her Emmy Award in the press room in 1993.

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Emmy and Tony-winning actress Mary Alice has died. A NYPD spokesperson confirmed to NPR that he died of natural causes at his home in New York. He was 85 years old.

Mary Alice won a Tony Award in 1987 for her performance as Rose Maxson in August Wilson’s original Broadway production. Fences. Among the tributes to Alice on social media, Rose actress Viola Davis, who played Rose in the stage and film versions, is writing“RIP Mary Alice… the original Rose Maxson. You were one of the greatest actresses of all time!! Thank you for your work, inspiration and Rose. Godspeed Queen.”

Career of Mary Alice

Born Mary Alice Smith in Indianola in 1936, she spent several years as a school teacher in Chicago before moving to New York to pursue acting full time. In a career that spanned more than three decades, Alice performed on stage and screen, in comedies and dramas. In 1979, she won an Obie for her portrayal of Portia in the Off-Broadway production of Joseph Pope. Caesar Julius. Her television credits are included police woman, Cosby And Sanford and Son. In 1991, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. i will fly.

that in A different world Alice played the role of Leticia “Letty” Bostic, which was very eccentric. There are more than a dozen movie titles among him shine In 1976, Malcolm X In 1992 and Matrix revolutions In 2003.

In an interview with Contemporary film, theater and televisionAlice said she was “proud” to be an actress. “I chose this profession because I feel that this is how I can do my service as a human being – communicating the human condition,” he continued.



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