Anna Maria Horsford

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Anna Maria Horsford
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present

Anna Maria Horsford is an American television and film actress 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]

According to a DNA analysis, Horsford has Limba ancestry from Sierra Leone.[1]


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.[2] She returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas, from Tyler Perry, playing Madea's relative.

Horsford currently has a recurring role as Vivienne Avant on daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful.




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