Mary Alice

Mary Alice

  • Highest Rated: 88% Awakenings (1990)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Sparkle (1976)
  • Birthday: Dec 3, 1941
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Mississippi, Mary Alice is a prolific actress on stage and television who is underutilized in feature films. She got her start with the Negro Ensemble Company and worked off-Broadway for several years. Her theater credits include The Vagina Monologues, A Raisin in the Sun, and Richard III. She received a Tony for her work in Fences and she appeared on Broadway in 1995 in Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years.Alice may be more widely known for her guest appearances on television during the '70s and '80s on shows like Sanford and Son, Good Times, The Cosby Show, and A Different World. She was also featured on the star-studded TV movie The Women of Brewster Place, directed by Donna Deitch, and the HBO miniseries Laurel Avenue, directed by Carl Franklin. She eventually won an Emmy for her work on I'll Fly Away. On the big screen, her breakthrough role came in 1990 with Charles Burnett's psychological drama To Sleep With Anger. She played Gideon's wife, Suzie, who is initially suspicious of the sinister Harry, played by Danny Glover. In the late '90s, Alice found some roles in independent films like Maya Angelou's Down in the Delta and Chi Moui Lo's Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. Well into her sixties, she started to play many estranged mothers. She was Alfre Woodard's mother in The Wishing Tree, Harold Perrineau Jr.'s mother on the HBO series Oz, and Angela Bassett's mother in John Sayles' ensemble film Sunshine State. In 2003, Mary Alice joined up with the Wachowski brothers to take over for the late Gloria Foster (her Having Our Say co-star) as The Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

35% The Matrix Revolutions The Oracle $139.1M 2003
No Score Yet What I Want My Words to Do to You Actor 2003
No Score Yet P.O.V. - What I Want My Words to Do to You Actor 2003
80% Sunshine State Eunice Stokes $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet The Last Brickmaker in America Dorothy Cobb 2001
43% Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Dolores 2000
No Score Yet The Photographer Violet 2000
No Score Yet The Wishing Tree Mattie Collier 1999
79% Down in the Delta Rosa Lynn Sinclair 1998
19% Bed of Roses Alice 1995
No Score Yet Heading Home Mary Jones 1995
25% The Inkwell Evelyn 1994
No Score Yet The Vernon Johns Story Altona Johns 1994
79% A Perfect World Lottie 1993
27% Life with Mikey Mrs. Gordon 1993
No Score Yet Laurel Avenue Maggie Arnett 1993
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities Annie Lamb 1990
88% Awakenings Nurse Margaret 1990
87% To Sleep With Anger Suzie 1990
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place Fannie Michael 1989
No Score Yet The Killing Floor Lilah Dean 1985
62% Teachers Linda Ganz 1984
50% Beat Street Cora 1984
No Score Yet He Who Walks Alone Actor 1978
13% Sparkle Effie 1976
No Score Yet Just an Old Sweet Song Helen Mayfield 1976
No Score Yet The Education of Sonny Carson Moms 1974

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Jury
2004
Elaine Nabatoff
  • 2004
No Score Yet POV
1988
Performer
  • 2003
No Score Yet Soul Food
2000-2004
  • 2001
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Georgia Bishop
  • 2000
No Score Yet Providence
1999-2002
Abby
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Virginia Bryan
  • 1993
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Lettie Bostic
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Loretta
  • 1975
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Frances Victor Frances
  • 1975
89% Oz
1997-2003
Eugenia Hill

QUOTES FROM Mary Alice CHARACTERS

The Oracle
What did you with Sati?
Agent Smith
Cookies needs love like everything does.
The Oracle
You are a bastard.
Agent Smith
You would know, Mom.
The Oracle
Everything that has a beginning, has an end.