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Claudia McNeil (1917–1993)

Claudia McNeil was born on August 13, 1917 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Claudia Mae McNeil. She was an actress, known for A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Black Girl (1972) and The DuPont Show of the Month (1957). She was married to Herman McCoy and Unknown. She died on November 25, 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger
Black Girl Mu' Dear
The DuPont Show of the Month Bernice Sadie Brown


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 1983 The Mississippi (TV Series)
Mrs. Larson
- Joey (1983) ... Mrs. Larson
 1980 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Auntie Calpurnia
- Palmerstown, U.S.A (1980) ... Auntie Calpurnia
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Sister Will Ada Barnett
- Part VII (1960-1967) (1979) ... Sister Will Ada Barnett
 1978 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
- The Tap Dance Kid (1978) ... Dulcie
 1978 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (TV Movie)
Big Ma
 1976 The American Woman: Portraits of Courage (TV Movie documentary)
Sojourner Truth
 1974 Cry Panic (TV Movie)
Ethel Hanson
 1974 The Migrants (TV Movie)
Rose Daw
 1972 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (TV Movie)
 1972 Black Girl
Mu' Dear
 1972 Moon of the Wolf (TV Movie)
 1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Granny Marshall
- The Connection (1972) ... Granny Marshall
 1971 Incident in San Francisco (TV Movie)
Odessa Carter
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
 1969 The Skirts of Happy Chance (TV Movie)
 1967 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Mrs. Haines
- Woodrow Wilson (1965)
- Frederick Douglass (1965) ... Mrs. Haines
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Hill
- Express Stop from Lenox Avenue (1963) ... Mrs. Hill
 1961 A Raisin in the Sun
Lena Younger
 1959 New York Confidential (TV Series)
- Child of Terror (1959) ... Melva
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Simply Heavenly (1959) ... Mamie
 1959 The Last Angry Man
Mrs. Quincy
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Bernice Sadie Brown
- The Member of the Wedding (1958) ... Bernice Sadie Brown
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She acted in Lorraine Hansberry's play, "A Raisin In The Sun," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

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I have more work than I can do. I have a nice, cheerful, comfortable home. I am solvent. Above all, I have strength, health, and peace of mind. I know where I'm going. I am an American citizen. I love my country. I pay my taxes and vote, and I intend to have a say in how my country is run.


McNeil, a former librarian who came to show business relatively late in life after appearing in radio, vaudeville and clubs as a singer, was an enduring, strong-willed, maternal presence in the same tradition as actresses such as Ethel Waters, Juanita Moore, Theresa Merritt, Mabel King, Esther Rolle, and Virginia Capers, the last of whom won the Tony in 1974 playing McNeil's role in the Broadway ... See more »

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