Hazelle Goodman

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Hazelle Goodman
Born (1959-02-16) February 16, 1959 (age 56)
Trinidad and Tobago
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

Hazelle Goodman (born Hazel Goodman;[1] February 16, 1959) is an actress from Trinidad and Tobago.[2] As a child she was inspired to become an actress after viewing The Sound of Music, before her family moved to New York where she was raised in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.[2]


After graduating from City College of New York with a degree in drama, Goodman spent seven years developing her one woman show called Hazelle!. The show was adapted for the screen by HBO in 1995, and earned two Cable Ace nominations in the Best Comedy Special and Best Performer categories.[3] In 1997, she became the first black actress to have a prominent role in a Woody Allen film when she portrayed Cookie, a prostitute in Allen's Deconstructing Harry.[2] Goodman also had a recurring role on Homicide: Life on the Street as Georgia Rae Mahoney, a key figure in a drug dealing family who is eventually murdered. On stage, in addition to her one woman show, she has also portrayed the Queen in Shakespeare's Cymbeline and took part in the February 10, 2001, staging of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Madison Square Garden. Goodman went on to write and star in a second one woman show called To the Top, Top, Top!.[4] She was also an original cast member of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, performing the late artists monologues that primarily dealt with adventure.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Hazelle! Herself
1997 Deconstructing Harry Cookie
Homicide: Life on the Street Georgia Rae Mahoney Television series
Multiple episodes
2001 Third Watch Rita Golden Television series
Multiple episodes
Hannibal Evelda Drumgo
2005 All the Invisible Children Ms. Wright "Jesus Children of America" segment
2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Hazelle Black


  1. ^ Alex Kuczynski (August 30, 1998). "A NIGHT OUT WITH -- HAZELLE GOODMAN; 'Cymbeline' By Way Of Trinidad". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Ann Kolson (December 14, 1997). "UP AND COMING: Hazelle Goodman; Seriously Set On Being Funny". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "HAZELLE GOODMAN". Best of Trinidad. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Francine Russo (August 31, 1999). "Love the One You Are". Village Voice. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Ben Brantley (March 7, 2007). "A Master of Monologues, Living on in His Words". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

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