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Sylvia Kuumba Williams (1941–2001)

Sylvia Kuumba Williams was born on October 28, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Obsession (1976), Sounder (1972) and Fort Apache the Bronx (1981). She died on July 17, 2001 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. See full bio »
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Obsession Maid
Sounder Harriet
Fort Apache the Bronx
Grand Isle
Grand Isle Celestine


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 1991 Grand Isle
 1981 Fort Apache the Bronx
Bartender (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
 1980 My Kidnapper, My Love (TV Movie)
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
Louise Jefferson
 1978 Sparrow (TV Movie)
 1978 French Quarter
Wisterie / Cleaning Woman (as Sylvia Williams)
 1978 Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus (TV Movie)
Mrs. Drakel
 1978 Mirrors
Nurse Spence (as Kuumba Williams)
 1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
Mammy Portia
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Mammy Portia
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Mammy Portia
 1976 The Savage Bees (TV Movie)
Morgue Receptionist (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
 1976 Sounder, Part 2
Harriet (as Kuumba)
 1976 Obsession
Maid (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)
 1975 Mandingo
Black Mother (as Kuumba)
 1973 Live and Let Die
Crying Woman (uncredited)
 1972 Sounder
Harriet (as Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams)

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Other Works:

Williams starred as "Big Bertha" Williams in Vernel Bagneris' Off-Broadway musical "One Mo' Time". She stayed with the show during its entire three-year run (1979-82).

Alternate Names:

Kuumba | Kuumba Williams | Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams | Sylvia Williams

Did You Know?


The nickname "Kuumba" was reportedly given to her by actress June Havoc when she attended the Repertory Theatre in New Orleans, then run by Havoc. "Kuumba" is a Swahili word for creativity.

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