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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 December 1932Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Date of Death 9 November 1999Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications of diabetes)
Birth NameDonnie Mabel Elizabeth Washington

Mini Bio (1)

Actress who is best known for the role of Mama on the 1970's sitcom What's Happening!!! She also appeared in the movie The Jerk, with Steve Martin, and The Wiz, with Michael Jackson. Before What's Happening, she starred in the Broadway version of The Wiz, as the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Spouse (1)

Melvin King (17 June 1967 - 8 September 1989) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Had one son, Larry, with King. He died in 1996.
Battled diabetes for many years. She also lost her legs to the disease.
In 1986, she lost a toe to diabetes. In 1989, she had a stroke, leaving her left side paralyzed and virtually speechless for over a year. She also lost both her legs. In the 1990s, she almost died in surgery during a hip replacement. She was once dropped by an ambulance crew and another time fell out of her wheelchair and fell face first to the floor. She lost some of her top teeth. She died on November 9, 1999, at 3:55 AM EST at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital. She was cremated.
Her famous role was Mabel, the mother of Roger and Dee, on What's Happening!! (1976).
According to the Chinese Calendar, she was born in the Year of the Monkey, and she died in the Year of the Rabbit.
Her most famous role (both on Broadway and in the screen version) was as Evil-lene, the Wicked Witch of the West, in 'The Wiz'.
She was a conservative Republican, and in 1984 was a featured speaker at the Lincoln Memorial for a "Blacks for Reagan" rally; she spoke very passionately in support of Ronald Reagan's re-election.

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