Anna Maria Horsford

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Anna Maria Horsford
Born (1948-03-06) March 6, 1948 (age 67)
Harlem, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present

Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948)[1] is an American television and film actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Thelma Frye on the NBC sitcom Amen, as Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros., and as Craig Jones' mother Betty in the comedy films Friday and Friday After Next. She portrayed Helen on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.

Early life[edit]

Horsford was born in Harlem, New York, the daughter of Lillian and Victor A. Horsford, an investment real estate broker.[2] Her parents were from Antigua & Barbuda. According to a DNA analysis, she has Limba ancestry from Sierra Leone.[3] She attended Manhattan's School of Performing Arts, where she studied and perfected her acting abilities. Horsford is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.


Though she is known today for her work in front of the cameras, her first major role in television was as a producer for the PBS show, Soul!, hosted by Ellis Haizlip, which aired between 1967 and 1973. Horsford made guest appearances on such sitcoms as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sparks, Moesha, The Bernie Mac Show, The Shield, Girlfriends, and Everybody Hates Chris. She had a prominent role on the sitcom The Wayans Bros. as "Dee Baxter". She also appeared on the drama Judging Amy. More recently, she was seen in the first season of Grey's Anatomy.[4] She returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas, from Tyler Perry, playing Madea's relative.




  1. ^ Born in 1947 per Intelius check of "Anna Maria Horsford" giving age of 62 as of March 6, 2009
  2. ^ Anna Maria Horsford Biography
  3. ^ Anna Marie Horsford Ancestry Reveal. on YouTube
  4. ^ IMDb.

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