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Gail Fisher (I) (1935–2000)

A classy, smart-looking, spectacularly beautiful African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five children. Her father, a carpenter, died when she ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 1990 Donor (TV Movie)
 1987 Mankillers
Joan Hanson
 1986 He's the Mayor (TV Series)
- Take My Father, Please (1986) ... Lila
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Fran Willis
- Hearts and Minds (1985) ... Fran Willis
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
- Short Notice (1983) ... Thelma
 1982 General Hospital (TV Series)
Judge Heller
- Episode dated 8 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 7 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 6 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 5 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 4 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Dr. Frantz
- Hit Man/The Swimmer (1979) ... Dr. Frantz
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Bonnie Horne
- Street Girl (1975) ... Bonnie Horne
 1968-1975 Mannix (TV Series)
Peggy Fair
- Hardball (1975) ... Peggy Fair (credit only)
- Quartet for a Blunt Instrument (1975) ... Peggy Fair (credit only)
 1972 Every Man Needs One (TV Movie)
Pauline Kramer
 1969-1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Penny (segment "Love and the Baby") / Mercy (segment "Love and the Hustler")
- Love and a Couple of Couples/Love and the Hustler/Love and the Pill (1969) ... Mercy (segment "Love and the Hustler")
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
Diana Brown
- Welcome Back, Miss Brown (1971) ... Diana Brown
 1970 Insight (TV Series)
Mrs. Carter
- Incident on Danker Street (1970) ... Mrs. Carter
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
- Gossip, Incorporated (1968) ... Carla
 1967 The Second Hundred Years (TV Series)
Young Matron
- Luke's First Christmas (1967) ... Young Matron
 1967 He & She (TV Series)
- One of Our Firemen Is Missing (1967) ... Helen
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
The Singer
- Grandma TNT (1962) ... The Singer
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Joyce Lane
- Simply Heavenly (1959) ... Joyce Lane
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Stage: Appeared in "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway. See more »

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It was really a revolution in casting, you know. It was understood by all of us who auditioned that the girl could be anything -- oriental, black, anything -- just a human being. I won. I was the first black female -- no, make that black, period -- to make a national TV commercial, on camera, with lines. My friends and family thought I was crazy, you know. But honey, there ain't any black ... See more »


Studied with Lee Strasberg and was later a member of the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center where she worked with Elia Kazan. Her stage work included "A Raisin In The Sun," "Purlie Victorious" and "Danton's Death". See more »

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