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Norma Donaldson



A talented and versatile entertainer, Norma Donaldson seemed to find success wherever she chose to perform. Born and raised in Harlem, Donaldson launched her career as a nightclub singer and then toured with Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne. During the 1970s, she was a popular Broadway star and was most famous for portraying the loveless chorine Miss Adelaide, opposite Robert Guillame, in Frank Loesser's all-black revival of Guys and Dolls in 1976. She and Guillame were again paired in Purlie and No Place to Be Somebody. Donaldson's film credits include Willie Dynamite (1973), 9 to 5 (1980), House Party (1990), and Poetic Justice (1993). On television, she guest starred on numerous series, including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and General Hospital. At the time of her death, she was playing Lilliebelle Barber on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
31% Poetic Justice
  • Aunt May
1993
38% The Five Heartbeats
  • Mrs. Sawyer
1991
96% House Party
  • Mildred
1990
No Score Yet The Unholy
  • Abby
1988
0% Staying Alive
  • Fatima
1983
84% 9 to 5
  • Betty
1980
No Score Yet Willie Dynamite
  • Honey
1974
80% Across 110th Street
  • Gloria Roberts
1972
No Score Yet Baby and the Battleship
  • Dr. Bryce
1956

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