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Mabel King (1932–1999)


Mabel King is best-known for the role of Mama on the 1970's sitcom What's Happening!, but she also appeared in the films The Jerk with Steve Martin and The Wiz with Michael Jackson. Before What's Happening!, she portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in the Broadway version of The Wiz. See full bio »

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Known For

The Jerk Mother
(1979)
The Wiz Evillene
(1978)
What's Happening!! Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
(1976-1978)
Scrooged Gramma
(1988)

Filmography

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 1990 Dead Men Don't Die
Chafuka
 1988 Scrooged
Gramma
 1988 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Mae Nina
- Blood Dance (1988) ... Mae Nina
 1986 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Ruby Cuzzins
- Baker's Dozen (1986) ... Ruby Cuzzins
 1986 The Colbys (TV Series)
Fortune Teller
- The Honeymoon (1986) ... Fortune Teller
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Jennifer Mowbray
- The Sitter (1986) ... Jennifer Mowbray
 1984 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Mother Tobin
- Some Enchanted Evening (1984) ... Mother Tobin
 1984 The Master (TV Series)
Willie
- Fat Tuesday (1984) ... Willie
 1984 The Jerk, Too (TV Movie)
Mama Johnson
 1983 The Wiz (Video)
Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West
 1983 Whiz Kids (TV Series)
- Fatal Error (1983)
 1983 Lottery! (TV Series)
Mabel
- Los Angeles: Bigger Volume (1983) ... Mabel
 1983 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series short)
Mrs. Trussker
- All the Money in the World (1983) ... Mrs. Trussker
 1978-1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mama Parker / Bertha Jones / Lelani
- Basin Street/The Devil's Triangle (1981) ... Mama Parker
- Photographs/Royal Flush (1979) ... Bertha Jones
- Bet a Million/Mr. Irresistible (1978) ... Lelani
 1981 Getting Over
Mabel Queen
 1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Aunt Toog
- Future City (1981) ... Aunt Toog
 1980 The Gong Show Movie
Mabel
 1979 The Jerk
Mother
 1979 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Mother Zilla
- Computer Crime (1979) ... Mother Zilla
 1978 The Wiz
Evillene
 1976-1978 What's Happening!! (TV Series)
Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
- The Apartment (1978) ... Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
- Shirley Is a Mother (1978) ... Mabel 'Mama' Thomas (credit only)
- Diplomatic Immunity (1978) ... Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
- Raj and the Older Woman (1978) ... Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
- Rerun Sees the Light (1978) ... Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
 1977 Scott Joplin (TV Movie)
Madam Amy
 1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Bertha Dewitt, Owner of Charcoal Kings
 1973 Ganja & Hess
Queen of Myrthia
 1972 Don't Play Us Cheap
House guest at the party
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Aappeared in "Don't Play Us Cheap". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Spouse:

Melvin King  (divorced)  (1 child)

Children:

Larry King
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In 1986, she lost a toe to diabetes. In 1989, she had a stroke leaving her left side paralyzed and also was virtually speechless for over a year. She lost both her legs. In the 1990s, she almost died in surgery during a hip replacement. She was once dropped by an ambulance crew and another time fell out of her wheelchair face first to the floor. She lost some of her top teeth. She died on ... See more »

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