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. LESS
A divorced woman moves to San Francisco from Omaha after her divorce. Leaving her younger son with his grandmother while trying to build her life again she joins the choir of a local church. A tough curmudgeonly, perfectionist choirmaster (John Houseman), is hired and attempts to whip the choir into shape for a Christmas concert. The choir group overcomes issues including ageism, racism, teen angst, small group divas, middle-aged relationships, single parenthood, he plight of struggling low income churches, and replacing the old with the new. A must view for any adult choir group.
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