|Born||June 1949 (age 65–66)
Brenda Sykes (born June 25, 1949) is an actress who made a number of films and appeared in television series in the 1970s.
Sykes played Jim Brown's love interest in Black Gunn. According to Brown , he was responsible for her being cast in the role, an effort he made because he was attracted to her in real life. From 1973-74, she co-starred on Ozzie's Girls as a college student boarding with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.
She played the character Mandy, one of Jimmie Walker's girlfriends on the 1970s sitcom, Good Times, made a starring role appearance on the first season of The Streets of San Francisco, and as Summer Johnson on the CBS series, Executive Suite. Sykes was married to musician Gil Scott-Heron and is the mother of poet Gia Scott-Heron.
- The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
- Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
- Skin Game (1971)
- Black Gunn (1972)
- Cleopatra Jones (1973)
- Mandingo (1975)
- Drum (1976)
- The Love Boat (1977)
- Canby, Vincent (July 31, 1976). "Drum (1976)". The New York Times.
- "Cocoa Lounge Legends #001: Brenda Sykes" The Cocoa Lounge (January 18, 2007). Retrieved May 28, 2011
- Jim Brown, "Jim Brown on … life and love in Hollywood; former football great's candid book offers a revealing look at his career as a movie star" Ebony (December 1989). Retrieved May 29, 2011
- "Secret Opened for Xmas: Sykes, Scott-Heron Married" Jet (December 28, 1978). Retrieved May 28, 2011