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]


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



Awards and nominations

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


  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,; 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: 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: 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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