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Beah Richards (Beulah Richardson)

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Biography

Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Beah Richards left her native Vicksburg, Mississippi, for New York City in 1950. She would not acquire a significant role on stage until 1955, when she appeared in the off-Broadway show "Take A Giant Step" convincingly portraying an 84-year-old grandmother without using theatrical makeup. In 1962 she appeared in writer James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner" directed by noted actor/director/activist Frank Silvera, who told Richards "Don't act, just be." She credited Silvera with helping her further develop the subtlety and quiet dignity that distinguished all of her performances. Read more...

Actor

Character: Viney - Keller Maid

The Miracle Worker 1962

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Character: Mama Caleba

In the Heat of the Night 1967

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Character: Rose Scott

Hurry Sundown 1967

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Character: Mama Tiny

The Great White Hope 1970

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Character: Charity Tomlin

The Biscuit Eater 1972

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Character: Wendell's Grandma

A Christmas Without Snow 1980

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Character: Baby Suggs

Beloved 1998

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Character: Cora Simms

One Special Victory 1991

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Character: Benson's Mother

Benson 1979

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Character: Mother

I Spy 1965

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Character: Bessie Jones

Petrocelli 1974

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Character: Elvira Backus

As Summers Die 1986

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Character: Mom

Vega$ 1978

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Character: Rose Kincaid

The Bill Cosby Show 1969

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Character: Maddy Higgins

The New Mike Hammer 1984

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Character: Grandma Jenny

Palmerstown, U.S.A. 1980

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Character: Sister Martha Gowen

It Takes a Thief 1968

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Character: Hannah James

The Big Valley 1965

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Character: Linda Cervi

Homer and Eddie 1989

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