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Virginia Capers (1925–2004)

With plenty of heart and soul, actress Virginia Capers served up loads of music in a career that spanned several decades. Born in 1925, she attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., then studied voice at Juilliard in Manhatten. By happenstance, she was introduced to band leader Abe Lyman who hired her for his radio program and for on-the-road... See full bio »

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 2003 Kingpin (TV Mini-Series)
 2002/I Move (Short)
Lady in 2002
 2002 For Your Love (TV Series)
Cornelia
- The Enemy Next Door (2002) ... Cornelia
 2001 Taking Back Our Town (TV Movie)
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson
 2001 Commitments (TV Movie)
 2001 For Love of Olivia (TV Movie)
Ida Mae Boudreau
 2000 The District (TV Series)
Crazy Mary
- Worst Block (2000) ... Crazy Mary
 2000 Popular (TV Series)
Nurse Pittman
- Timber! (2000) ... Nurse Pittman
 1999 Snoops (TV Series)
Mrs. Garrett
- The Grinch (1999) ... Mrs. Garrett
 1998-1999 The Hughleys (TV Series)
M'Dear
- Roots: Part 1 (1999) ... M'Dear
 1999 Bad City Blues
Mrs. Green
 1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV Series)
Grandma Rose
- Still Waters (1999) ... Grandma Rose
- The Possession (1999) ... Grandma Rose
 1997 The Pretender (TV Series)
Mr. Herbert's Former Assistant
- Jarod's Honor (1997) ... Mr. Herbert's Former Assistant
 1997 The Practice (TV Series)
Virginia Reynolds
- Pilot (1997) ... Virginia Reynolds
 1997 Party of Five (TV Series)
Nana
- I Declare (1997) ... Nana
 1996 Married with Children (TV Series)
Mourner #2
- A Bundy Thanksgiving (1996) ... Mourner #2
 1996 Raven Hawk (TV Movie)
Dr. Helen Harris
 1995 A Last Goodbye
The Principal
 1995 Courthouse (TV Series)
Eddie's Mother
- Fair-Weathered Friends (1995) ... Eddie's Mother
 1995 Truman (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Moore
 1995 The Feminine Touch (Video)
'Mama'
 1994 Everybody Can Float (Short)
Nevel's Mother
 1994 The Commish (TV Series)
Wilma Sands
- Benny (1994) ... Wilma Sands
 1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (Video Game)
Narrator (voice)
 1993 Beethoven's 2nd
Miss Linda Anderson
 1993 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Judge Campbell
- Duty Free Rome (1993) ... Judge Campbell
 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It
Choir Mistress
 1993 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Mrs. Carter
- Call Waiting (1993) ... Mrs. Carter
- The Getaway (1993) ... Mrs. Carter
 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Judge
- Cat Scratch Fever (1992) ... Judge (voice)
 1992 Original Intent (Video)
Lily Reid
 1990-1992 Evening Shade (TV Series)
Francis / Francis Blue
- Goin' to the Chapel: Part 1 (1992) ... Francis
- A Day in the Life of Wood Newton (1990) ... Francis Blue
 1991 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (TV Series)
Kate Langston
- For Love or Money (1991) ... Kate Langston
 1991 Good Grief (TV Series)
Judge Connie
- The Big Bang Theory (1991) ... Judge Connie
 1990 Donor (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mantley
 1990 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Annie
- The Wind Rancher (1990) ... Annie
- I'm Nobody (1990) ... Annie
 1990 When You Remember Me (TV Movie)
Nurse Blandings
 1990 Burning Bridges (TV Movie)
Mamie
 1990 Pacific Palisades
Shirley
 1989 Booker (TV Series)
Ivy Seaton
- Booker (1989) ... Ivy Seaton
 1989 Unsub (TV Series)
Glenona
 1988 Backfire
Maxine
 1987-1988 Frank's Place (TV Series)
Bertha Griffin-Lamour
- The King of Wall Street (1988) ... Bertha Griffin-Lamour (credit only)
- The Recruiting Game (1988) ... Bertha Griffin-Lamour (credit only)
- Cultural Exchange (1988) ... Bertha Griffin-Lamour
- Frank's Place - The Movie (1988) ... Bertha Griffin-Lamour (credit only)
- Shorty's Belle (1988) ... Bertha Griffin-Lamour (credit only)
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Greta Wagner
- Mixed Blessings (1988) ... Greta Wagner
 1987 Off the Mark
Velma
 1986-1987 Downtown (TV Series)
Delia Bonner
- Episode #1.13 (1987) ... Delia Bonner
- Pilot (1986) ... Delia Bonner
- Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (1986) ... Delia Bonner
- Flowers (1986) ... Delia Bonner
- Tracks of My Tears (1986) ... Delia Bonner
 1986 Starman (TV Series)
Nurse Corona
- Fever (1986) ... Nurse Corona
 1986 The George McKenna Story (TV Movie)
Margaret Wright
 1986 227 (TV Series)
Aunt Gwendolyn
- Fifty Big Ones (1986) ... Aunt Gwendolyn
 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Margo Webster
- Trial by Error (1986) ... Margo Webster
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Ruth
- Arthur, or the Gigolo (1985) ... Ruth
 1984 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Admit Clerk
- Homecoming (1984) ... Admit Clerk
 1984 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Miss Hendrickson
- One Fresh Batch of Lemonade: Part 2 (1984) ... Miss Hendrickson
- One Fresh Batch of Lemonade: Part 1 (1984) ... Miss Hendrickson
 1984 Dynasty (TV Series)
Aunt Bessie
- The Rescue (1984) ... Aunt Bessie
 1984 Teachers
Landlady
 1983 Just a Little More Love (TV Movie)
 1983 Amanda's (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson
- Aunt Sonia (1983) ... Mrs. Wilson
 1983 Against the Odds (TV Series) (1983)
 1982 Romance Theatre (TV Series)
Mama
- Bayou Romance: Part 5 (1982) ... Mama
- Bayou Romance: Part 4 (1982) ... Mama
- Bayou Romance: Part 3 (1982) ... Mama
- Bayou Romance: Part 2 (1982) ... Mama
- Bayou Romance: Part 1 (1982) ... Mama
 1982 Star of the Family (TV Series)
Alberta
- I Got It Good and That Ain't Good (1982) ... Alberta
 1979-1981 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Allison Sirella's Neighbor / Dainty June / Emily Barlow
- Memories of Allison (1981) ... Allison Sirella's Neighbor
- To Kill in Plain Sight (1981) ... Dainty June
- House of No Return (1979) ... Emily Barlow
 1981 Inmates: A Love Story (TV Movie)
Agnes
 1980 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
Nurse Tula
- Mork in Never-Never Land (1980) ... Nurse Tula
 1980 Willow B: Women in Prison (TV Movie)
Eloise Baker
 1980 White Mama (TV Movie)
Gorilla Sydney
 1979 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Judge Atherton
- Which Mother Is Mine? (1979) ... Judge Atherton
 1979 Featherstone's Nest (TV Movie)
Bella Beauchamp
 1976 Jigsaw John (TV Series)
- Runaway (1976)
 1976 The Waltons (TV Series)
Vesper Oakes
- The Collision (1976) ... Vesper Oakes
 1973 The World's Greatest Athlete
Native Woman
 1970-1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Pearl / Mrs. Frost
- Out of the Night (1973) ... Pearl
- The World Between (1970) ... Mrs. Frost
 1972-1973 The Rookies (TV Series)
Mrs. Culpepper / Mrs. Gibson
- Crossfire (1973) ... Mrs. Culpepper
- The Commitment (1972) ... Mrs. Gibson
 1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Movie)
Mabel Cobb
 1972 Trouble Man
Macy
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues
Mama Holiday
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Nurse
- So, Who's Fred Hornbeck? (1971) ... Nurse
 1971 The Late Liz
Martha
 1971 Big Jake
Delilah
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Mrs. Andrews
- Miss Isabel Blue (1970) ... Mrs. Andrews
 1970 Norwood
Ernestine
 1970 The Great White Hope
Sister Pearl
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Cook (uncredited)
 1970 Dragnet 1967 (TV Series)
Mrs. Florence Bell
- D.H.Q.: The Victims (1970) ... Mrs. Florence Bell
 1970 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Third Nurse
- Dodie's Tonsils (1970) ... Third Nurse
 1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Aunt Cass
- Let Ernest Come Over (1969) ... Aunt Cass
 1969 The Lost Man
Theresa
 1968-1969 Julia (TV Series)
Mrs. Deering / Mrs. Gibson
- The Doctor's Dilemma (1969) ... Mrs. Deering
- Gone with the Draft (1969) ... Mrs. Deering
- Unloneliest Night of the Week (1968) ... Mrs. Deering
- Homework Isn't Housework (1968) ... Mrs. Gibson
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Millie Enfield
- The Name of This Game Is Acquittal (1968) ... Millie Enfield
 1968 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Jenny Prentiss
- Prince of the Oyster Pirates (1968) ... Jenny Prentiss
 1967 Insight (TV Series)
Sarah
- The Thousand-Mile Journey (1967) ... Sarah
 1967 Ride to Hangman's Tree
Teresa Moreno (uncredited)
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Elsie
- Onatha (1966) ... Elsie
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Esther
- A Pelican in the Wilderness (1963) ... Esther
 1962-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
June
- Search for a Dead Man (1963) ... June
- Elegy (1962) ... June
 1962 House of Women
Sarah
 1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Ada
- Odds for Big Red (1961) ... Ada
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I spent a lot of my life being told I should sing blues because I was black.

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The recipient of the National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award, the Paul Robeson Pioneer Award and the NAACP's Image Award for theatre excellence. See more »

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