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Theresa Merritt (1924–1998)

Theresa Merritt was born on September 24, 1924 in Emporia, Virginia, USA. She was an actress, known for Billy Madison (1995), The Wiz (1978) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). She was married to Benjamin Hines. She died on June 12, 1998 in The Bronx, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Billy Madison
Billy Madison Juanita
The Wiz
The Wiz Aunt Em
The Goodbye Girl
The Goodbye Girl Mrs. Crosby


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 1998 Home Fries
Mrs. Vaughan
 1998 Dangerous Proposition
 1998 Cosby (TV Series)
Edna Stone
- Mud (1998) ... Edna Stone
 1998 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
- Weaver of Hate (1998) ... Bernice
 1997 Law & Order (TV Series)
Ruth Titus
- Double Down (1997) ... Ruth Titus
 1995 Billy Madison
 1992 Driving Miss Daisy (TV Movie)
 1990 Voodoo Dawn
Madame Daslay
 1990 Astonished
 1989 Silence Like Glass
Nurse Wilson
 1988 Miracle at Beekman's Place (TV Movie)
Sarag Coleman
 1986 That's My Mama Now! (TV Movie)
Eloise Curtis
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Clytie Catlett
- Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion (1984) ... Clytie Catlett
 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Faye Phillips
 1980 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
- Sunshine's on the Way (1980) ... Hatty
 1979 All That Jazz
Cast of NY / LA
 1979 The Great Santini
Arrabella Smalls
 1978 The Wiz
Aunt Em
 1977 The Goodbye Girl
Mrs. Crosby
 1977 Ningen no shômei
 1974-1975 That's My Mama (TV Series)
Eloise 'Mama' Curtis
- Clifton's Casual Fling (1975) ... Eloise 'Mama' Curtis
- Get Your Kicks on Routes 22 and 76 (1975) ... Eloise 'Mama' Curtis
- A Man from the Past (1975) ... Eloise 'Mama' Curtis
- Queen of the Ribs (1975) ... Eloise 'Mama' Curtis
- Mama's Big Move (1975) ... Eloise 'Mama' Curtis
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnson
- Face for a Shadow (1975) ... Mrs. Johnson
 1973 The Furst Family of Washington (TV Movie)
Eloise 'Mama' Furst
 1971 They Might Be Giants
 1969 J.T. (TV Movie)
Mama Meley
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (6 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

(November 1 to 20, 1983) She played Rena Jackson in Kenneth Pressman's play, "Girl in Green Stockings," in a The Esquire Project '83 Shorts (new one act plays in repertory) Humana Festival production at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky with Anne Shropshire (Madeline Dawkins) and Ellen Tobie (Linda Lee ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Ben & Theresa

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Producers of the movie Ghost originally wanted her for the part of Oda Mae Brown but Patrick Swayze insisted they cast Whoopi Goldberg instead. See more »

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