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Born: July 12, 1920, Vicksburg
Died: September 14, 2000 (age 80), Vicksburg
Biography: Beah Richards was an American actress of stage, screen and television. She was a poet, playwright and author. Born Beulah Elizabeth Richardson in Vicksburg, Mississippi, her mother was a seamstress and PTA advocate and her father was a Baptist minister. In 1948, she graduated from Dillard... MORE
Biography: Beah Richards was an American actress of stage, screen and television. She was a poet, playwright and author. Born Beulah Elizabeth Richardson in Vicksburg, Mississippi, her mother was a seamstress and PTA advocate and her father was a Baptist minister. In 1948, she graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans and two years later moved to New York City. Her career started to take off in 1955 when she portrayed an eighty-four-year-old-grandmother in the off-Broadway show Take a Giant Step. She often played the role of a mother or grandmother, and continued acting her entire life. She appeared in the original Broadway productions of Purlie Victorious, The Miracle Worker, and A Raisin in the Sun. Richards was nominated for a Tony award for her 1965 performance in James Baldwin's The Amen Corner. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Sidney Poitier's mother in the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Other notable movie performances include Hurry Sundown, The Great White Hope, Beloved and In the Heat of the Night. She made numerous guest television appearances including recurrent roles on Beauty and the Beast, The Bill Cosby Show, Sanford and Son, Benson, Designing Women, The Practice, The Big Valley and ER She was the winner of two Emmy Awards, one in 1988 for her appearance on the series Frank's Place, and another in 2000 for her appearance on The Practice. LESS
scenes from the 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner".. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Directed by Stanley Kramer Produced by Stanley Kramer Written by William Rose Starring Spencer Tracy Sidney Poitier Katharine Hepburn Katharine Houghton Cecil Kellaway Beah Richards Roy E. Glenn Music by Frank DeVol Cinematography Sam Leavitt Editing by Robert C. Jones Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) December 12, 1967 Running time 108 minutes Country United States Language English Budget USD$4000000 (est.) Gross revenue $56666667 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American drama film starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Hepburn's niece Katharine Houghton. The film was groundbreaking for its positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, which historically had been illegal in most states of the United States, and was still illegal in seventeen southern American states up until June 12 of the year of the film's release, when it was legalized by the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, and written by William Rose. The movie's Oscar-nominated score was composed by Frank DeVol.  The film tells the story of Joanna "Joey" Drayton, a young White American woman who has had a whirlwind romance with Dr. John Prentice, a young, idealistic African American physician she met while in ...
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