Debbi Morgan

Highest Rated: 83% The Hurricane (1999)
Lowest Rated: 31% Mandingo (1975)
Birthday: Sep 20, 1956
Birthplace: Not Available
If awards were bestowed for versatility, the graceful and congenial African-American actress Debbi Morgan would take first place. A veritable decades-long mainstay in the casts of A-list dramatic features, soap operas, acclaimed prime-time series dramas, big-screen exploitationers, sitcoms, and telemovies, Morgan has proven herself equally adept at each, while the number of roles she tackles each year suggests a die-hard craftswoman with no signs of slowing down. Born September 20, 1956, in Dunn, NC, Morgan moved with her family to New York City at the age of three. Despite the family's residence in a South Bronx housing project, they managed without difficulty. Five years into the move, Morgan's father died, which forced her mother, Lora, to support the two children (Debbi and younger sister Terry) as a secretary; she funded the girls' parochial educations through the end of high school. The photogenic Debbi sought out an entertainment career in her teens -- initially against the wishes of her mother. Lora issued stringent objections, terrified that Debbi -- a high-honors student -- would drift in with a bad element and engage in aberrant behavior. This never occurred; Debbi rapidly launched herself as an actress -- first in a series of commercials, then onto the Broadway stage (in the 1975 play What the Wine Sellers Buy) and in feature films (with a role in, regrettably, the Richard Fleischer-directed debacle Mandingo). After moving to L.A. in her early '20s, Morgan commenced series television work, with guest appearances on such ethnically oriented sitcoms as What's Happening!!, Good Times, and Sanford. Morgan's crowning network achievement arrived at the tail end of the '70s, with her acclaimed portrayal of Elizabeth (Alex Haley's aunt) in the smash miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. After a stint on the CBS series Trapper John, M.D. during the early '80s, Morgan discovered, through her agent, that the producers of the wildly popular daytime soap All My Children needed a young African-American actress to portray the romantic interest of the character Jesse (Darnell Williams). Morgan auditioned for the role and signed instantly, recurring on the series, intermittently, for 14 years. During the early to mid-'80s, Morgan also memorably essayed the part of Ruth Owens, the love interest of track star Jesse Owens (Dorian Harewood), in the critically praised epic telemovie The Jesse Owens Story (1984); in fact, Morgan's plaintive, emotionally charged protests regarding Owens' discriminatory treatment gave the film several of its most memorable scenes and images. Morgan continued her TV work throughout the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s, with guest appearances on a myriad of series programs -- everything from The Cosby Show to Boston Public and Charmed. During the late '90s, however, Morgan broke from the small screen and made two enduring contributions to A-list features. She played Aunt Mozelle in Eve's Bayou, actress-cum-director Kasi Lemmons' acclaimed, finely wrought gothic drama of Southern life, and Mae Thelma Carter, the wife of wrongfully accused and incriminated boxer Rubin Carter (Denzel Washington), in Norman Jewison's Oscar-nominated biopic The Hurricane (1999). More recently, Morgan portrayed Twana in director Michael Schultz's cinematization of T.D. Jakes' play, Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rent-an-Elf Actor 2018
No Score Yet Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart Evelyn Braxton 2016
No Score Yet A Royal Family Holiday Alfreda Royal 2015
No Score Yet A Royal Family Holiday Alfreda Royal 2015
40% Color of the Cross Mary 2006
No Score Yet Relative Strangers Mrs. Manuree 2006
64% Coach Carter Tonya $67.2M 2005
50% Woman Thou Art Loosed Twana $6.9M 2004
No Score Yet Back in the Day Actor 2004
82% Love and Basketball Nona McCall 2000
No Score Yet The Runaway Reba Monroe 2000
83% The Hurricane Mae Thelma 1999
40% She's All That Ms. Rousseau 1999
No Score Yet Asunder Lauren Hubbs 1999
No Score Yet Asunder Actor 1998
81% Eve's Bayou Mozelle Batiste Delacroix 1996
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing Maureen Gilman 1992
No Score Yet Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story Marcia 1987
No Score Yet The Jesse Owens Story Ruth Solomon Owens 1984
No Score Yet The Monkey Hustle Vi 1976
31% Mandingo Dite 1975

TV

CREDIT
80% Power
2014
Estelle
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
Angie Baxter Hubbard
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Close to Home
2005-2007
Lizette Carter
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
Guest The Seer Seer
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Providence
1999-2002
Marilyn Chase
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Marsha Shinn
  • 2001
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Marsha Shinn
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Chloe
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Roc
1991-1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Tracy
  • 1992
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Lisa
  • 1991
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Ellen Samantha
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975

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