Veteran Actress remembered by television audiences as Mama Thomas on ABC's What's Happening!! from 1976 to 1979.
She found work as a nightclub singer in her twenties.
She had notable film roles in 1979's The Jerk and 1988's Scrooged.
She was married to Melvin King from 1967 to 1989; the couple had one son.
She acted with Diana Ross in the 1978 musical The Wiz.