Olivia Cole (I) (1942–2018)


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Olivia Cole was born on November 26, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Roots (1977), Backstairs at the White House (1979) and Something About Amelia (1984). She was married to Richard Venture. She died on January 19, 2018 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Roots Mathilda / Matilda Moore
(1977)
(1979)
Something About Amelia Ruth Walters
(1984)
(1989)

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 2011 Be Good, Be Nice (Short)
Young Girl
 2008 First Sunday
Momma T
 1985-1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Yvette Dauphin / Melinda Coop / Callie Coleman
- Big Easy Murder (1995) ... Yvette Dauphin
- Judge Not (1991) ... Melinda Coop
- Murder to a Jazz Beat (1985) ... Callie Coleman
 1995 Christy (TV Series)
Esther Scott
- Echoes (1995) ... Esther Scott
 1993 Arly Hanks (TV Movie)
Estelle
 1989-1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Julie McFarlane
- Cold Shower (1993) ... Judge Julie McFarlane
- Noah's Bark (1990) ... Judge Julie McFarlane
- America the Beautiful (1989) ... Judge Julie McFarlane
 1990 Brewster Place (TV Series)
Miss Sophie
- County General (1990) ... Miss Sophie
- Say It Loud (1990) ... Miss Sophie
- Family Album (1990) ... Miss Sophie
- The Poet (1990) ... Miss Sophie
- Bernice Sands Comes Home (1990) ... Miss Sophie
 1989 The Women of Brewster Place (TV Series)
Miss Sophie
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Miss Sophie
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Miss Sophie
 1987 The Fig Tree (TV Movie)
 1987 Big Shots
Mrs. Newton
 1985 North and South, Book I (TV Mini-Series)
Maum Sally
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Maum Sally (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Maum Sally (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Maum Sally
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Maum Sally (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Maum Sally
 1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Elizabeth
- Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) ... Elizabeth
 1984 Go Tell It on the Mountain
Elizabeth
 1984 Something About Amelia (TV Movie)
Ruth Walters
 1982 Report to Murphy (TV Series)
Blanche
- Papillon (1982) ... Blanche
- Baker vs. Murphy (1982) ... Blanche
- High Noon (1982) ... Blanche
- Charlie Goes Awry (1982) ... Blanche
- The Girl Most Likely (1982) ... Blanche
 1982 Some Kind of Hero
Jesse
 1981 Mistress of Paradise (TV Movie)
Victorine
 1981 Fly Away Home (TV Movie)
Sarah Brookford
 1980 The Sky Is Gray (TV Movie)
Octavia
 1980 Children of Divorce (TV Movie)
Betty Williams
 1979 The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Series)
Pamela Quinn
- A Brutal Assault (1979) ... Pamela Quinn
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Maggie Rogers
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Maggie Rogers
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Maggie Rogers
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Maggie Rogers
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Maggie Rogers
 1979 Insight (TV Series)
Karen Clay
- When, Jenny? When? (1979) ... Karen Clay
 1977-1978 Szysznyk (TV Series)
Ms. Harrison
- Youth of the Year (1978) ... Ms. Harrison
- Norton's Head Trip (1978) ... Ms. Harrison
- Hell on Wheels (1978) ... Ms. Harrison
- A Star Is Burned (1978) ... Ms. Harrison
- You Stomped on My Heart (1978) ... Ms. Harrison
 1978 Family (TV Series)
Frances Rossmore
- Fear of Shadows (1978) ... Frances Rossmore
 1978 Coming Home
Corrine
 1977 Heroes
Jane Adcox
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
Sara Radley
- Brothers & Sons (1977) ... Sara Radley
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Mathilda / Matilda Moore
- Part VIII (1977) ... Mathilda
- Part VII (1977) ... Mathilda
- Part VI (1977) ... Matilda Moore
 1975-1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Head Nurse / Dr. Dorothy Bailey / Dr. Georgia Kimberly
- Father to the Man (1976) ... Head Nurse
- Glitter with a Bullet (1975) ... Dr. Dorothy Bailey
- The Score (1975) ... Dr. Georgia Kimberly
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Deborah Mehren (1969-1971)
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Is the very first African American actress to win an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie. See more »

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