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Mary Alice

Highest Rated:   88% Awakenings (1990)
Lowest Rated:   13% Sparkle (1976)
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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
36% 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
78% 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
81% A Perfect World
  • Lottie
1993
20% 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
84% 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 POV
1988
  • Performer
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Virginia Bryan
  • 1993
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Eugenia Hill

Quotes from Mary Alice's Characters