Today's Famous Person is a critically acclaimed actor who was born in Harlem, New York City, New York on December 19, 1933. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a domestic. Her parents were immigrants from Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.

After graduating from Charles Evans High School in Manhattan in 1951, she landed a position as a secretary for the American Red Cross. Unsatisfied with the work, she enrolled in the Barbara Watson Modeling School to pursue a career in modeling.

By the late 1950s, she had become one of the top black models in the United States. Her face appeared on the cover of black oriented magazines such as Ebony and Jet. While waiting in the offices of Ebony magazine she was encouraged to audition for a role in the film The Spectrum, which discussed conflicts between dark and light skinned blacks. She won the role but The Spectrum was never completed due to financial problems. This experience however persuaded her that she should pursue a career in acting.

She began her career on the stage. In 1961, she appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet’s The Blacks which became the longest running non-musical of the decade with over 1,400 performances. In 1963, at the insistence of academy award winning actor George C. Scott, she became a part of the cast of East Side/West Side of which Scott was the star.

By the mid-1960s and early 1970s, she was a frequent guest star on television appearing in I-Spy, Naked City, The Nurses, The Bill Cosby Show and a number of other programs. Her movie career progressed more slowly. Like many black performers of her generation, she was leery of the “blaxploitation” films of the era and held out for a film that promoted positive images of African Americans.

That film came in 1972 when she was cast in the role of Rebecca Morgan in Sounder. The film examined the life of a black family in the Depression-era South with dignity and compassion. Her performance garnered positive reviews from critics and she was nominated for both an academy award and a golden globe award. In 1974, she broke new ground for black actors when she received an Emmy award for her portrayal of the character Jane Pittman, based on a novel written by Ernest J. Gaines. Her performance made her one of the premier actresses of her generation.

She appeared as Coretta Scott King in the 1978 movie King opposite actor Paul Winfield. Other acclaimed movie roles included Roots, The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen, and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. The latter performance in 1994 earned her a third Emmy award.

In 1994, she starred in the short lived television series, Sweet Justice, opposite Little House on The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert. Other performances that year included Because of Winn-Dixie and Diary of A Mad Black Woman.

Fiercely guarded about her privacy, little is known of Today's Famous Person's personal life. She was briefly married to the late jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in 1981. The couple divorced in 1988. She is also committed to community involvement. She founded the Dance Theater of Harlem along with Arthur Miller. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Who is today's Famous Person?


Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Lena Horne
Cicely Tyson





SEPTEMBER
FAMOUS PEOPLE
SCORES

September 15

George C. Tilyou

Has Been Identified By:
Joan in Florida
Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Donna in New York
Missy in Pennsylvania
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Carol in Delaware
Michelle in New Jersey
Lady Di
Alex in New York
Danni in Connecticut
Donna in Iowa
Helen in Pennsylvania
Neil in Pennsylvania
Brandi in California
Kate in Colorado
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Kelsey in Louisiana
Gabi in Brazil
Dave in Virginia
Bret in Iowa
Pat in Kentucky
Harold in North Carolina
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura


Scores

10
Dame Sunny
Joan in Florida
Jeannie in Washington
Donna in New York
Helen in Pennsylvania
Missy in Pennsylvania
Danni in Connecticut
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Carol in Delaware
Alex in New York
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Kate in Colorado
Brandi in California
Michelle in New Jersey
Gabi in Brazil
Kelsey in Louisiana
Pat in Kentucky
Dave in Virginia
Harold in North Carolina
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura
Neil in Pennsylvania


9
Lady Di


2
Donna in Iowa
Bret in Iowa


September
Mystery Person

Has Been Identified By:
Dame Sunny
Donna in New York
Alex in New York
Brandi in California
Martha in Virginia
Missy in Pennsylvania
Kate in Colorado


Angel Has Fallen

Has Been Identified By:
Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Donna in New York
Missy in Pennsylvania
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Carol in Delaware
Michelle in New Jersey
Alex in New York
Danni in Connecticut
Donna in Iowa
Helen in Pennsylvania
Neil in Pennsylvania
Brandi in California
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Kelsey in Louisiana
Gabi in Brazil
Bret in Iowa
Pat in Kentucky
Harold in North Carolina
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura


Movie Scores

10
Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Donna in New York
Helen in Pennsylvania
Missy in Pennsylvania
Danni in Connecticut
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Carol in Delaware
Alex in New York
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Kate in Colorado
Brandi in California
Michelle in New Jersey
Gabi in Brazil
Kelsey in Louisiana
Pat in Kentucky
Harold in North Carolina
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura
Neil in Pennsylvania


2
Donna in Iowa
Bret in Iowa


September Rebus Puzzle #5

Has Been Solved By:
Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Missy in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Danni in Connecticut
Donna in New York
Carol in Delaware
Helen in Pennsylvania
Alex in New York
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Neil in Pennsylvania
Maryellen in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Bret in Iowa
Kelsey in Louisiana
Brandi in California
Pat in Kentucky
Gabi in Brazil
Harold in North Carolina
Kate in Colorado
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura


September Rebus Puzzle Scores

5
Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Donna in New York
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Missy in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Alex in New York
Carol in Delaware
Helen in Pennsylvania
Danni in Connecticut
Kelsey in Louisiana
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Pat in Kentucky
Kate in Colorado
Brandi in California
Harold in North Carolina
Gabi in Brazil
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura
Neil in Pennsylvania
Maryellen in Pennsylvania


1
Donna in Iowa
Bret in Iowa