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Theresa Merritt

Highest Rated:   94% The Great Santini (1979)
Lowest Rated:   31% Home Fries (1998)
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As a Tony-nominated Broadway star, a former background singer for Harry Belafonte, an Emmy-nominated television actress, and a supporting player in numerous feature films, it is safe to say that Theresa Merritt had a mighty respectable career, despite the fact that she never quite made it to full-fledged stardom. The African-American performer launched her career with a starring role in Billy Rose's musical Carmen (1943). In 1985, she returned to Broadway to play the title role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and won a Tony nomination. She made her feature film debut in They Might Be Giants (1971) and continued to occasionally appear in films through the mid-'90s. On television, Merritt earned Emmy kudos for her special All About Miss Merritt and for appearing in the PBS miniseries Concealed Enemies.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Peggy
2006
31% Home Fries
  • Mrs. Vaughan
1998
46% Billy Madison
  • Juanita
1995
No Score Yet Voodoo Dawn
  • Madame Daslay
1990
No Score Yet Silence Like Glass
  • Nurse Wilson
1989
60% The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Simone
1987
56% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Jewel
1982
No Score Yet Sunshine's on the Way
  • Actor
1981
85% All That Jazz
  • Cast of NY/LA
1979
94% The Great Santini
  • Arrabelle
1979
36% The Wiz
  • Aunt Em
1978
88% The Goodbye Girl
  • Mrs. Crosby
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Ruth Titus Mrs. Titus

Quotes from Theresa Merritt's Characters