Theresa Merritt

Theresa Merritt

Highest Rated: 94% The Great Santini (1979)

Lowest Rated: 31% Home Fries (1998)

Birthday: Sep 24, 1924

Birthplace: Not Available

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



31% Home Fries Mrs. Vaughan 1998
40% Billy Madison Juanita 1995
No Score Yet Driving Miss Daisy Actor 1992
No Score Yet Voodoo Dawn Madame Daslay 1990
No Score Yet Silence Like Glass Nurse Wilson 1989
64% 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
42% The Wiz Aunt Em 1978
83% The Goodbye Girl Mrs. Crosby 1977
73% They Might Be Giants Peggy 1971


84% NYPD Blue
Bernice 1998
No Score Yet Law & Order
Ruth Titus Mrs. Titus 1997


Jewel says: Honey, we see everything in this profession, but one thing I ain't never seen - man or woman - is a grown-up.

Billy Madison says: WHERE'S MY SNACK PACK?!

Billy Madison says: Where's my snack pack!

Juanita says: I thought I was yo snack pack??

Juanita says: I thought I was your snack pack?

Billy Madison says: I swear to God I'm sick. I can't go to school.

Juanita says: If you're gonna stay home today, you can help me shave my armpits.

Billy Madison says: Oh my God. I'll go to school.