Judi Ann Mason
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|Judi Ann Mason|
February 2, 1955|
Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
|Died||July 8, 2009
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Occupation||Author, playwright, Producer, Film executive|
|Alma mater||Grambling State University|
|Debut works||Livin' Fat|
|Notable work(s)||Livin' Fat, A Star Ain't Nothin' But a Hole in Heaven, The Cornbread Man, Good Times|
|Awards||Norman Lear Award for Comedy
Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award
Judi Ann Mason (February 2, 1955 – July 8, 2009) was an American television writer, producer and playwright.
Mason was born in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 2, 1955. She excelled in English and became interested in playwrighting while in high school. Her professional writing career began while a drama student at Grambling State University.
While attending Grambling, she won the Norman Lear Award for comedy writing from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her play, Livin’ Fat. The following year she won the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for A Star Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hole In Heaven. The New York Times said that Mason had created "captivating characters" in her play, but that she had forfeited letting main character Pokie face the decision between romance and a better life, when the character's boyfriend ends up joining the war in Vietnam.
Mason began her professional writing career in New York city where she was a member of the NEC (Negro Ensemble Company). She has taught playwriting and screenwriting at a number of colleges and universities for more than 20 years. In 2010 she was teaching screenwriting at Columbia College of Hollywood.
Her film credits include Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. She is also renowned for Sophie And The Moonhanger, nominated for the Emmy Award/CableACE Award. Her stageplay credits include The Cornbread Man and Indigo Blues.
Mason counted Patti LaBelle, LaTonya Richardson, Jennifer Holliday and Jheryl Busby as personal friends. She is the one who gave Patti LaBelle her first acting credit on TV on the show A Different World.
She was a mother of two, daughter Mason Synclaire Williams and son Austin Barrett Williams. Mason died unexpectedly of a ruptured abdominal aorta on July 8, 2009.
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