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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 BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Peggy
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Bernice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Ruth Titus Mrs. Titus
  • 1997

Quotes from Theresa Merritt's Characters