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Overview (1)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Iconic actress Beverly Todd has distinguished herself on Broadway, the London stage, television and film. A People's Choice Award winner and a four-time nominee of the prestigious NAACP Image Award, Ms. Todd's work dates back to the 70's in film roles opposite her mentor Sidney Poitier in The Lost Man, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, and Brother John. In the 80's she starred with Richard Pryor in Moving, Whoopi Goldberg in Clara's Heart, and Morgan Freeman in the film classic, Lean on Me.

She has a long list of television appearances including the PBS Television Special, Six Characters in Search of an Author, which was the first time the leading role of Stepdaughter was played by an actress of color, Roots, Don't Look Back opposite Louis Gossett, Jr., Lifetime's, Taken From Me, opposite Taraji P. Henson, Hope and Redemption, with major guest stars roles on Six Feet Under, Criminal Minds and Grey's Anatomy, to name a few. Most recently, she booked a recurring role on the second season of Queen Sugar.

Film credits include leads in Ava DuVernay's I Will Follow, Paul Haggis's Academy Award Best Picture winner Crash and Rob Reiner's The Bucket List. She also stars in the soon to be released features The Reason opposite Louis Gossett, Jr. and Drive Me to Vegas and Mars, directed and written by Sidney J. Furie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Susan Zachary

Spouse (1)

Kris Keiser (1970 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

A People's Choice Award winner and four-time NAACP Award nominee.
Beverly was one of four women selected to write and produce "Tribute To The Black Woman" presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Performers included Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Sidney Poitier, and Diahann Carroll. Todd later co-produced with Whoopi Goldberg a two-hour prime time syndicated award-winning television comedy special, "A Laugh, a Tear, The Story of Black Humor In America.".
Her Productions company, Carr, Todd, Warwick Productions (CTW) produced the critically acclaimed tribute to the Ella Fitzgerald benefit concert "Ella: 60 Years of Music! A Tribute."
She had a son, Malik Smith, who died in 1989 at the age of eighteen after being severely beaten at a teen nightclub in Utah. Malik's father is her ex-husband film producer Kris Keiser, who was born Keiser Richard Smith.
Co-founded "Sunshine Circle" a private school for preschool children ages two through five years. Beverly is a Founder and the President of "Hollywood Sisters" a non-profit cultural arts organization comprised of African American actresses, writers, directors, producers and other high profile women in the field of artistic expressions. "Hollywood Sisters" was formed for the purpose of celebrating black legends of entertainment and to provide scholarships to those pursuing higher education in the arts.
She is Vice President of Malik's Voice for Peace, a non-profit group formed to honor her murdered son, which helps children by "developing and supporting the practice of unity and justice."

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