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Date of Birth 1 July 1947Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Date of Death 10 December 1999West Covina, Los Angeles, California, USA  (kidney failure)
Birth NameShirley Ann Hemphill

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Shirley Hemphill was born on July 1, 1947 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA as Shirley Ann Hemphill. She was an actress, known for What's Happening!! (1976), What's Happening Now! (1985) and One in a Million (1980). She died on December 10, 1999 in West Covina, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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The Monday after Hemphill died, Rosie O'Donnell praised Shirley on her show. She stated that Shirley was the first celebrity she met when she first began stand-up comedy and credits Shirley with helping her land her first paying job, by telling the managers to put Rosie on stage, at a club where Shirley was also performing. Rosie also did a small dedication to Shirley on her show.
According to the Chinese Calendar, she was born in the Year of the Pig, and she died in the Year of the Rabbit.
When she relocated to Los Angeles in 1973, Hemphill split her time between a variety of waitress jobs and polishing her act at comedy clubs.
After sending a tape cassette of her funniest, most clever material to Flip Wilson, she received the encouragement and motivation to pursue her dream of becoming a comedy performer.
Since Shirley was never married, nor had any children, her brother accepted her body. He had it shipped back to her native North Carolina.

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