Hattie Winston

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Hattie Winston
Hattie Mae Winston

(1945-03-03) March 3, 1945 (age 74)
Years active1970s–present

Hattie Mae Winston (born March 3, 1945) is an American television, film and Broadway actress best known for her role as Margaret on Becker and as a prominent cast member of the PBS children's series The Electric Company.

Early career[edit]

Winston was born in Lexington, Mississippi, and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, where she attended local schools, which were segregated at the time.[1] Leaving the South, she began her career on stage in New York City. Winston starred in the Broadway hit The Tap Dance Kid; she also appeared on Broadway in Two Gentlemen of Verona, I Love My Wife, and The Me Nobody Knows. She was a member of the Negro Ensemble Company.

The Electric Company[edit]

In her later 20s and early 30s, Winston rose to prominence during the mid-1970s as a member of the cast of the PBS children's series The Electric Company, produced by the Children's Television Workshop. Her most notable character was Valerie the Librarian, who was best friends with Easy Reader (portrayed by Morgan Freeman). She also played many villainess roles versus Spider-Man on the Spidey Super Stories sketches, such as the Fox, the Thumper, the Queen Bee, and the Queen of Diamonds.[2] Winston joined the series during the third season (1973–1974), replacing Lee Chamberlin, and remained with the show until its cancellation in 1977.[3]

Later career[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 The Edge of Night Veronique
1973-1977 The Electric Company Sylvia / Valerie the Librarian 520 episodes
1980 3-2-1 Contact Jessica 2 episodes
1981-1982 Nurse Toni Gillette 25 episodes
1987 Ryan's Hope Carol Bruce 1 episode
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Pauline Mackey 1 episode
1991-1997 Homefront Gloria Davis 42 episodes
1994 The Little Mermaid Mommy Crab 1 episode
1995 Step by Step Saleslady 1 episode
1996 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Irene 1 episode
1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man voice 1 episode
1997 The Parent 'Hood Ms. Washington 1 episode
1997 Malcolm & Eddie Mrs. Brooks 1 episode
1997 Arsenio Mom 1 episode
1997-1998 Port Charles Alice Morgan 19 episodes
1998 Smart Guy Felicia Vanowen 1 episode
1998-2003 Becker Margaret Wyborn 129 episodes
1999-2001 Rugrats Lucy Carmichael 7 episodes
2001 The Proud Family Gertie Dinkins 1 episode
2003-2008 All Grown Up! Lucy Carmichael 17 episodes
2002-2004 Scrubs Margaret Turk 2 episodes
2004 E.R. Singing Woman 1 episode
2005 Girlfriends Nurse Helen 1 episode
2008 Numb3rs Eileen 1 episode
2008 The Game Miss Leola 1 episode
2009 Cold case Regina Reynolds 1 episode
2009 Castle Sally Niedermeyer 1 episode
2011 Reed between the lines Elizabeth 'Liz' Reed 1 episode
2012-2015 The Soul Man Sister Coriann Pearly Recurring
2012 Mike & Molly Rose

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Broadway Herself TV Movie
1974 Ann in Blue Off. Jessie Waters TV Movie
1974 Out to Lunch Herself / Various TV Movie
1979 Hollow Image Ivy TV Movie
1980 Nurse Toni Gillette TV Movie
1981 Les uns et les autres unknown
1983 Without a Trace Reporter
1986 Good to Go Mother
1987 The Hope Division Lilah Reynolds TV Movie
1988 Clara's Heart Blanche Loudon
1989 Runaway Aunt Anna Mae TV Movie
1990 A Show of Force Foster
1994 One Womans's Courage unknown TV Movie
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Mrs. Todd
1996 Sunset Park Judge Meyer
1996 The Cherokee Kid Mrs. Elizabeth Peel TV Movie
1997 Jackie Brown Simone
1998 Living Out Loud Hospital Nurse
1998 The Rugrats Movie Dr. Lucy Carmichael voice
1998 Meet the Deedles Jo-Claire
1999 True Crime Angela Russel
1999 Unbowed Mother
1999 After All Mother of Defendant TV Movie
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Principal Holmstead


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