Chip Fields

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Chip Fields
Born Laverne Fields
(1951-08-05) August 5, 1951 (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Chip Hurd
Chip Fields–Hurd
Occupation Singer, actress, television director, consultant, dialogue coach
Years active 1973–present
Known for Lynetta Gordon – Good Times
Spouse(s) Erv Hurd (m. 1994)
Children Kim Fields (b. 1969)
Alexis Fields (b. 1982)

Laverne "Chip" Fields, who is sometimes credited as Chip Hurd or Chip Fields–Hurd, (born August 5, 1951) is an American singer, actress, television director, consultant, and dialogue coach, who has appeared in popular films, television shows, and Broadway theatre. She is best known for portraying Lynetta Gordon, the abusive birth mother of Penny Gordon Woods (played by Janet Jackson) in a three–part episode (1977) of the 1970s sitcom Good Times.

Ronnie (Spector) and the Ronettes[edit]

In 1973, shortly after her divorce from record producer Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector reformed the world-famous girl group The Ronettes. After recruiting Chip and vocalist Diane Linton (and later Denise Edwards), "Ronnie And The Ronettes" made their debut at Richard Nader's "Rock and Roll Revival" show at Madison Square Garden. Later that year, Ronnie signed with Buddha Records and recorded two singles: 1973's "Go Out and Get It" and 1974's "I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine" (as Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes), a remake of a song recorded by the original line-up. After the two singles failed to chart, Ronnie went solo, and the "new" Ronettes with Chip and Denise disbanded.

Acting career[edit]

Fields began her acting career as an extra in the 1974 film Claudine. She has had numerous supporting roles and guest appearances on television. She played an unwed mother opposite Patty Weaver in the NBC television soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Also during the '70s, she played the abusive birth-mother of Millicent "Penny" Gordon Woods (Janet Jackson) on the sitcom Good Times. She played Rita Conway in the short-lived The Amazing Spider-Man TV Series from 1978-1979. Rita Conway was J. Jonah Jameson's secretary, the same function as the African-American Glory Grant from the 1970s comics. She also appeared in What's Happening!!, Hill Street Blues, T.J. Hooker, Roc, Kirk (a short-lived sitcom starring Kirk Cameron), The Wayans Bros., and The Parkers. She has been a consultant for The Parkers, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Living Single, and was a dialogue coach for the film, Menace II Society. She played the role of "Laverne", mother to the character "Regine" on Living Single. She has also directed episodes of the popular UPN sitcoms, One on One, All of Us, Girlfriends, The Parkers, as well as episodes of Romeo!, Just Jordan, Hannah Montana, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Chip is the mother of actress Kim Fields (famous for her roles on Facts of Life and Living Single) and Alexis Fields (famous for her roles on Kenan & Kel, Moesha and Sister, Sister). Chip has been married to technical director Erv Hurd since August 20, 1994.

Discography[edit]

  • 1973 (as Ronnie and the Ronettes) - "Go Out and Get It" b/w "Lover, Lover" (Buddha 384)
  • 1974 (as Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes) - "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine" b/w "I Wonder What He's Doing" (Buddha 408)

Filmography[edit]

Acting[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes ref
1974 Claudine Rioter on Hallway Stairs [2]
1975 The Happy Hooker Red Hat Biographical-comedy film directed by Nicholas Sgarro. [3]
1978 Blue Collar Caroline Brown Crime drama film directed by Paul Schrader. [4]
1979 The Lady in Red Satin Action-drama/romantic film directed by Lewis Teague [5]
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed Woman in Church Drama film directed by Michael Schultz. [6]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes ref
1974 Change at 125th Street Harriet Morse Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Bob LaHendro and Michael Schultz [7]
1975 Police Story Girl in Bar Episode: "Face for a Shadow" (S 3:Ep 6)
1976 Good Times Rochelle Episode: "J.J.'s New Career, part 2" (S 4:Ep 8)
1977 Rhoda Nurse Franklin Episode: "A Night in the Emergency Room" (S 3:Ep 16)
Days of Our Lives Toni Johnson Episode: "Episode #1.2962" (S 12:Ep 962)
What's Happening!! Norma Episode: "From Here to Maternity" (S 1:Ep 21)
Good Times Lynetta Gordon Recurring
What's Happening!! Donna Episode: "Give Me Odds" (S 2:Ep 8)
Freeman Osa Lee Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Lloyd Richards.
1978 Barnaby Jones Kelly Johnson Episode: "A Ransom in Diamonds" (S 6:Ep 16)
Battered Ginny Sinclair Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Peter Werner. [8]
1978–79 The Amazing Spider-Man Rita Conway Recurring
1979 What's Happening!! Donna Episode: "Food Poisoning" (S 3:Ep 16)
Good Times Lynetta Gordon Episode: "A Matter of Mothers" (S 6:Ep 21)
1980 The Night the City Screamed Yvonne Clements Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Harry Falk. [9]
1982 Hill Street Blues Mrs. Halloran Episode: "The Shooter" (S 2:Ep 17)
The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Louise Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Asaad Kelada. [10]
1984 T. J. Hooker Carolyn Webster Episode: "Anatomy of a Killing" (S 4:Ep 5)
The Facts of Life Diane Ramsey Episode: "Mother and Daughter" (S 5:Ep 21)
1986 Episode: "The Graduate" (S 7:Ep 23)
1992 Roc Ms. Wilson Episode: " No Notes Is Good Notes" (S 1:Ep 16)
1993 Where I Live Bonita Episode: "The Terminator" (S 1:Ep 13)
Living Single Bar Patron Episode: "Living Kringle" (S 1:Ep 15)
1994 Bev Episode: "The Hand That Robs the Cradle" (S 1:Ep 17)
Laverne Hunter Episode: "She Ain't Heavy, She My Mother" (S 1:Ep 26)
1995 Episode: "To Grandmother's House We Go" (S 2:Ep 25)
Episode: "Talk Showdown" (S 2:Ep 26)
Episode: "Come Back Little Diva" (S 3:Ep 1)
Episode: "Rags to Riches" (S 3:Ep 5)
1996 Kirk Nurse Episode" Operation Kirk" (S 1:Ep 20)
Living Single Laverne Hunter Episode: "Compromising Positions" (S 3:Ep 26)
1997 Episode: "Mother Inferior" (S 4:Ep 13)
Episode: "Never Can Say Goodbye" (S 4:Ep 24)
Woman Episode: "Up the Ladder Through the Roof" (S 5:Ep 6)
Laverne Hunter Episode: "Three Men and a Buckeye" (S 5:Ep 8)
1998 The Wayans Bros. Susan Sparks Episode: "Escorting Ain't Easy" (S 5:Ep 6)
2000 The Parkers Wilma McCoy Episode: "Turkey Day Blues" (S 2:Ep 10)
2007 Just Jordan Gert Episode: "Fist of Funny" (S 1:Ep 8)

Production[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes ref
1993 Menace II Society Dialogue coach Hood drama thriller film directed by Allen and Albert Hughes. [11]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes ref
1993–94 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Consultant Television sitcom.
Living Single
1994 Me and the Boys Dialogue consultant
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Director Episode: "Groom & Bride" (S 2:Ep 21)
1997 Arsenio Consultant Television sitcom.
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Kenneth Johnson. [12]
Sister, Sister Director Episode: "The Road Less Traveled" (S 6:Ep 21)
2000–03 The Parkers Consultant (69 episodes)/Director (4 episodes) Television sitcom.
2001 Girlfriends Director Episode: "You Better Watch Out" (S 2:Ep 11)
2003–05 Romeo! Television sitcom. (3 episodes)
2003–06 One on One Television sitcom. (5 episodes)
2005 All of Us Episode: "If You Can't Stand the Heat" (S 3:Ep 2)
2006 Hannah Montana Episode: "You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Zit Is About You" (S 1:Ep 13)
2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Episode: "Boys & Girls" (S 3:Ep 11)
Just Jordan Television sitcom (4 episodes)
2009 Meet the Browns Television sitcom (2 episodes)
2009–12 House of Payne Television sitcom (12 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chip Fields Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Claudine". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Happy Hooker". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Blue Collar". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Lady in Red". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Woman Thou Art Loosed". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Change at 125th Street". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Battered". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Night the City Screamed". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Facts of Life Goes to Paris". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Menace II Society". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 

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