Anna Maria Horsford

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Anna Maria Horsford
Born (1948-03-06) March 6, 1948 (age 69)
New York, New York, U.S.
Education High School of Performing Arts[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present

Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948 [2]) 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.

Horsford also has 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).

Early life

Horsford was born in Harlem, to Victor Agatha, an investment real estate broker originally from the Dominican Republic, and Lillian (née Richardson), who 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]

Career

Though she is known today for her work in front of the cameras, 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. 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. More recently, she was seen in the first season of Grey's Anatomy.[5] She returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas. She portrayed Helen on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.

Horsford currently has a recurring role as Vivienne Avant on daytime's 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.[6]

Political and social causes

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

Select filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1979 An Almost Perfect Affair Amy Zon
1979 Hollow Image Monica Television Movie
1980 Times Square Rosie Washington
1981 The Fan Emily Stolz
1981 Bill Ms. Marge Keating Television Movie
1982 Love Child Mara
1982 Muggable Mary, Street Cop Ksthy Thomas Television Movie
1982 Benny's Place Charmaine Television Movie
1983 Class Maggie
1984 Crackers Slam Dunk
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Naomi
1985 Stone Pillow Collins Television Movie
1986 Nobody's Child Nurse Betty Television Movie
1986 A Case of Deadly Force Virginia Cates Television Movie
1986 Permanent Wave Eva Short film
1986 Heartburn Della, Harry's Maid
1986 C.A.T. Squad Mrs. Raines Television Movie
1987 Street Smart Harriett
1987 If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium Television Movie
1988 Who Gets the Friends Television Movie
1989 Taken Away Mrs. Pierson Television Movie
1990 Presumed Innocent Eugenia
1990 A Killer Among Us Barbara Evans Television Movie
1992 Murder without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Veronica Perry Television 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
1996 Widow's Kiss Lavanda Harrison Television Movie
1997 Circle of Pain Television Movie
1997 Kiss the Girls Vickie Cross Cameo
1999 At Face Value Mosetta Short
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
2001 Jacked Thelma Barnes
2002 Minority Report Casey
2002 Friday After Next Betty Jones
2004 Justice Chief Public Defender Poole
2004 Guarding Eddy Carol
2005 My Big Phat Hip Hop Family Mamma Pearl
2005 Ganked Mrs. Barry Video
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 Bernie Television Movie
2013 A Madea Christmas Elieen Murphy
2017 Jalen vs. Everybody Mom Television Movie
2017 Gladys Brown Gladys Brown Short


Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 NBC Special Treat Ginnie Sheridan Episode: "The Tap Dance Kid"
1979 Guiding Light Clara Jones Unknown episodes
1981-1984 ABC Afterschool Specials Stephanie Marshak/Jessica Episodes: "Starstruck", "Summer Switch"
1982 Nurse Joleen Episode: "The Store"
1983 The Firm Sergeant Johnson Episode: "Pilot"
1985 American Playhouse Hannah Episode: "Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom"
1986-1991 Amen Thelma Frye Series regular, 110 episodes
1987 The Bronx Zoo Mrs. Devlin Episode: "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
1991 Baby Talk Cynthia Willoughby Episode: "Womb with a View"
1991 L.A. Law Judge Episode: "Do the Spike Thing"
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Karen Carruthers Episode: "Geoffrey Cleans Up"
1992-1993 Rhythm & Blues Veronica Washington Series regular, 13 episodes
1992-1993 The Adddams Family Additional Voices Recurring role, 21 episodes
1993 Tall Hopes Lainie Harris Series regular, 6 episodes
1995-1999 The Wayans Bros Deidre "Dee" Baxter Series regular, 80 episodes
1996 Sparks Wilma's Aunt Episode: "How Papa Got His Groove Back"
1998 L.A. Doctors Angela Daly Episodes: "Pilot", "Under the Radar"
1998 7th Heaven Joyce Episode: "Here Comes Santa Claus"
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Gola's Mother (voice) Episode: "Chimp off the Block"
1999 Judging Amy Defense Attorney Charles Episode: "Crowed House"
2000 Moesha Diane Henderson Episode: "The Candidate"
2002 The Chronicle Jolene Freewald Episode: "Touched by an Alien"
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Aunt Sis Episode: "Family Reunion"
2004 The District Yates/Bobbi Yates/Vicky Yates 3 episodes
2004 Method & Red Dorothea Series regular, 13 episodes
2005-2006 Entourage Saigon's Mother Episodes: "Good Morning, Saigon", "I Wanna Be Sedated"
2005-2007 Grey's Anatomy Elizabeth Fallon Episodes: "No Man's Land", "Some Kind of Miracle"
2005-2008 The Shield A.D.A Beth Encardi Recurring role, 8 episodes
2006 Heist Wanda Evans Episode: "How Billy Got His Groove Back"
2008 Las Vegas Aunt Vonice Episode: "Three Weddings and a Funeral Part 2"
2008 Everybody Hates Chris Hattie Mitchell Episodes: "Everybody Hates Easter", "Everybody Hates the BFD"
2009 Cold Case Geraldine Watkins '09 Episode: "Soul"
2010 American Dad! Voice Episode: "The People vs. Martin Sugar"
2011 Let's Stay Together Raynelle/Jacqueline Episodes: "The Weddding Planner", "Your Arm's Too Short to Box with Grandparents"
2011 Reed Between the Lines Helen Wilson Series regular, 20 episodes
2012 Key and Peele Maid Episode: "Dueling Magical Negros"
2012 The League Trina Richardson Episode: "Training Camp"
2012-2017 New Girl Charmaine Episodes: "Katie", "Misery"
2015 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Janet Barrett Episode: "The Gang Goes on Family Fight"
2015 The Soul Man Ceci Episode: "Mo Momma, Mo Problems"
2015-2016 The Bold and The Beautiful Vivienne Avant Series regular, 66 episodes

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2005
Black Reel Award Best Actress – Network/Cable Television Justice Nominated
2016
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated
[7]
2017
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated
[8]

References

  1. ^ Horsford bio, IMDB. Accessed Oct. 28, 2016.
  2. ^ a b McCann, Bob, ed. (2009). "Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television". p. 165. ISBN 9780786437900. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Staff, ed. (October 26, 2011). "New Tourism Ambassador for Antigua". Carib Journal. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Anna Marie Horsford Ancestry Reveal. on YouTube
  5. ^ Profile, IMDb.com; accessed May 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Staff, Variety (2 May 2016). "Daytime Emmy Winners: Complete List". Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York, New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York City: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 

External links

  • Anna Maria Horsford on IMDb
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