Immigrated to Canada. Education: University of Minnesota, B.F.A., theatre.
Career: Actress. Appeared in Canadian theatre productions at Theatre Passe Muraille, Magnus Theatre, Toronto Workshop Productions, Stratford Festival, Theatre London, and Factory Theatre; Obsidian Theatre (a theater company), general manger and founding member; Into the Mainstream (a talent directory), founding editor, 1990. Laidlaw Performing Arts Committee, member; Canada Council Racial Equity Committee, member.
Member: Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (past president and vice president, Toronto branch; chair, Equal Opportunities Committee, Toronto branch and national), Equity Showcase (Theatre Board of Directors).
Awards, Honors: New Pioneer Award, Skills for Change, arts, 1993; Gemini Award nominations (with others), best ensemble performance in a comedy program or series, 2001, 2002, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, both for Trailer Park Boys; Diversity World Heritage Award, 2004.
Dessie, Covergirl (also known as Dreamworld), New World Pictures, 1984.
Bag lady, Adventures in Babysitting (also known as A Night on the Town), Buena Vista, 1987.
Doris—video typist, Suspect, TriStar, 1987.
Woman speaking in tongues, Where the Heart Is, Buena Vista, 1990.
Postal supervisor, Guilty as Sin, Buena Vista, 1993.
Court officer, Trial by Jury, Warner Bros., 1994.
Border guard, Camilla, Miramax, 1994.
Conductor, Two If By Sea (also known as Stolen Hearts), Warner Bros., 1996.
Church woman, Blues Brothers 2000, Universal, 1998.
Pawnbroker, Down in the Delta, Miramax, 1998.
Mrs. Beckford, The Skulls II, Universal, 2002.
Verna Zee, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (also known as Tribulation Force), Cloud Ten Pictures, 2002.
Marcella, How to Deal, New Line Cinema, 2003.
Verna Zee, Left Behind: World War III, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2005.
Television Appearances; Series:
Desiree, Trailer Park Boys, Showcase and BBC America, 2001.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Mary, The Libertors, ABC, 1987.
Nettie, Ghost of a Chance, CBS, 1987.
Token woman, Babycakes, CBS, 1989.
Mrs. Wheeler, Personals, 1990.
Judge, Split Images, 1992.
Bartender, Night Owl, Lifetime, 1993.
Freezer doctor, TekWar (also known as TekWar: The Movie and TekWar: The Original Movie), syndicated, 1994.
Judge Williams, Family of Cops (also known as Une famille de flics), CBS, 1995.
Nurse, Gang in Blue, Showtime, 1996.
Judge Brice, Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions, CBS, 1996.
Edna, Ms. Scrooge, USA Network, 1997.
Lina, Valentine's Day (also known as Protector), HBO, 1998.
Moonlight Becomes You (also known as Mary Higgins Clark's "Moonlight Becomes You"), Fox Family, 1998.
Housekeeper, Bone Daddy (also known as L'affaire Palmer and Palmer's Bones), HBO, 1998.
Mrs. Jenkins, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, ABC, 1998.
Teacher, Genius, The Disney Channel, 1999.
Mrs. Higgins, The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All-American Girl, USA Network, 2000.
Voodoo lady, On Hostile Ground, TBS, 2000.
Mary, Jill the Ripper (also known as The Bone Ripper, The Leatherwoman, and Tied Up), Cinemax, 2000.
Betty, Claire's secretary, Custody of the Heart, Lifetime, 2000.
Mrs. Aronesti, They Call Me Sirr, Showtime, 2001.
Sunday school teacher, Sins of the Father, F/X, 2002.
Mrs. Walker, 10,000 Black Men Named George, Showtime, 2002.
Nancy Tobin, Scared Silent, Lifetime, 2002.
Mary Higgins Clark's "You Belong to Me," PAX, 2002.
Dr. Frances Atkinson, Comfort and Joy, Lifetime, 2003.
Neighbor, Crown Heights, Showtime, 2004.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Tiny, "Riot," Hot Shots, CBS, 1986.
"Here Comes the Bride," Diamonds, CBS and CBC, 1987.
J, "World-Class City," Street Legal, CBC, 1988.
Devon Legba, "The Voodoo Mambo," Friday the 13th, syndicated, 1988.
Judy Hope, "Spare Parts," Street Legal, CBC, 1990.
Grace Balthazar, "Spin Doctor," Forever Knight, CBS, 1992.
Grace Balthazar, "Only the Lonely," Forever Knight, CBS, 1992.
Grace Balthazar, "Fatal Mistake," Forever Knight, CBS, 1993.
Jennifer, "Shadows from the Past," Matrix, USA Network, 1993.
Mrs. Holmes, "Flunky," Ready or Not, Showtime, 1994.
Grace Balthazar, "Killer Instinct," Forever Knight, CBS, 1994.
Grace Balthazar, "Stranger than Fiction," Forever Knight, CBS, 1994.
Grace Balthazar, "Bad Blood," Forever Knight, CBS, 1994.
Mrs. Holmes, "Thin Ice," Ready or Not, Showtime, 1995.
Mrs. Holmes, "Nothing in Common," Ready or Not, Showtime, 1995.
"The Blame Game," Twice in a Lifetime", PAX and CTV, 1999.
Miss Hannah, director of orphanage, "It's a Hard Knock Life," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX and CTV, 2000.
"Family Matters," Doc, PAX, 2001.
Mary Forbes, "Kitten," Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.
Mary Forbes, "Trouble with Harry," Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.
Mary Forbes, "Skin," Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.
"The Candidate," Doc, PAX, 2003.
Principal, "The Learning Curve," Wild Card, Lifetime, 2003.
Glory, "Lovesick Ass," Wonderfalls, Fox, 2004.
Mrs. Jenkins, "Survival Techniques," Soul Food, 2004.
Mrs. Jenkins, "Successful Failure," Soul Food, 2004.
Also appeared in Night Heat.
The Colored Museum, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1988.
Addie, The Little Foxes, Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, 1996.
Delia, Sweet Bird of Youth, Stratford Festival, 1996.
Play, Read, and Rock, Obsidian Theatre Company, Toronto, 2000.
Conjure Woman, Orpheus Descending, Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, 2002.
The Haitian Earth, Theatre Archipelago, Toronto, 2004.
Directed The Wedding Band.
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