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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 December 1953Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameBernadette Stanislaus
Nickname Bern

Mini Bio (1)

BernNadette Stanis is best known as Thelma from Good Times (1974), but there's much more to her than that. In the 1970s she was the personification of black beauty. As sophisticated and graceful as she was, she still became TV's first black sex symbol or "It" girl. Thelma/BernNadette and the Evans family also proved many stereotypes wrong about the ghetto and the young black girl, such as that all black girls and black families in the ghetto had no hopes, dreams, or class. Thelma showed that a "ghetto girl" had hopes and dreams, intelligence, respect, dignity and grace, and it wasn't just acting--BernNadette was that naturally. She introduced a new definitive image of the young black girl and woman.

She was a wonderful, graceful dancer, which she displayed several times on the series. Everything BernNadette did was marked with delicacy, diminutive beauty, form, or grace. Her grace and beauty was a welcoming presence on TV in the 1970s, still is today and will be as long as there's a TV. Her dramatic, comedic charm, witty one-liners, daintiness, winsomeness, sexy but innocent image were versatile qualities that made her a great talent and great favorite who'll never be forgotten.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Alicia T. (MsLadySoul@aol.com) (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

Kevin Fontana (19 July 1981 - present) (2 children)
Tom Fauntleroy (17 March 1975 - 14 July 1976) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Graduated from Juilliard with a BA Degree in Drama.
Has two daughters, Dior Ravel, and Brittany Rose.
Keeps in touch with much of the Good Times (1974) cast, including Ralph Carter, John Amos, Ja'net DuBois and Jimmie Walker. Said in an interview that due to good money management and residuals from the show, she never struggled financially since the show ended.
Just before Esther Rolle's death, she attended Rolle's 78th birthday party.
Best friend of Esther Rolle and Jimmie Walker.
Best known by the public for her role as Thelma Evans on Good Times (1974).
Reunited with Jimmie Walker on an episode of Bustin' Loose (1987).
Her acting mentor was the late Esther Rolle, who died on November 17, 1998, at age 78.

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