Barbara Montgomery

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This article is about the American actress. For the fictional character of "All My Children", see Barbara Montgomery (All My Children).
Barbara Montgomery
Born (1939-06-25) June 25, 1939 (age 77)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, theatrical and film director

Barbara Montgomery (born June 25, 1939) is an American stage, television and film actress, and theatrical and film director.


Born in Queens, Montgomery began her career on the stage in the 1960s in Off-Off-Broadway theatrical groups. She was a member of Negro Ensemble Company and the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. In the early 1970s, she starred as "Mama" in the Off-Broadway production of My Sister, My Sister for which she earned an Obie Award. The play later ran on Broadway from April to August 1974 for which Montgomery reprised her role.[1]

In 1986, Montgomery won the role of Cassietta Hetebrink on the NBC sitcom Amen. Montgomery played the role for four years before leaving the series in 1990. Later that year, she starred in the short-lived ABC program Married People as Olivia Williams.[1] She has also appeared on many shows such as A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Disneyland, and Living Single.

In 2013, Montgomery made her directorial debut with the historical film Mitote, starring Ruby Dee and S. Epatha Merkerson.[2]


Year Play Role Notes
1974 My Sister, My Sister Mama
1975 The First Breeze of Summer Aunt Edna
1976 Kennedy's Children Wanda
1981 Inacent Black Mana Essie Rydell
1985 The Tap Dance Kid Dulcie
2008 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Dialect Coach
Year Film Role Notes
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Mrs. Marlowe
1991 A Fond Little Memory
1993 The Meteor Man Dre's mother
2001 Lift France
2007 Blackout Mrs. Germaine
Year Title Role Notes
1976 The First Breeze of Summer Aunt Edna Television movie
1985 Evergreen Miniseries
1986 A Fight for Jenny Mrs. Martin Television movie
1986–1990 Amen Casietta Hetebrink 88 episodes
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Miss Eva Miniseries
Polly Mrs. Conley Television movie
1990 Married People Olivia Williams Unknown episodes
Polly: Comin' Home! Mrs. Conley Television movie
1992 A Different World Imogene Douglas 2 episodes
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Woman #2 1 episode
1993 Quantum Leap Vivian 1 episode
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family Juvy Judge Television movie
Bodies of Evidence Nurse Halli Mashler 1 episode
1994 Sister, Sister Odessa 1 episode
1995 Women of the House Sapphire Jones 1 episode
Living Single Ruth 1 episode
Dave's World Shel's Mother 1 episode
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Geneva 1 episode
1999 Cosby Betty 1 episode
2016 Grey's Anatomy Louise 1 episode


  1. ^ a b Lipton, Laura (December 8, 1990). "Barbara Montgomery Thankful She's Landed on 'Married People'". 
  2. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (January 15, 2013). "S. Epatha Merkerson, Ruby Dee Star In Barbara Montgomery's Historical Triptych 'Mitote'". 

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