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|Born||August 23, 1909
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
|Died||September 4, 2012 (aged 103)|
Leila Danette (August 23, 1909 – September 4, 2012) was an African-American stage, film and television actress, noted for her stage work and for her role as Helen on the short-lived television sitcom, You Take the Kids.
Early life and career
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Danette attended both Morgan State University and Howard University. Before becoming an actress, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore and taught speech to students in Washington, D.C..
Danette began acting professionally on the stage at age 67. One of her first substantial roles was opposite James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope. In 1982, she was noted for her performance in The Brothers. In The New York Times Theatre Reviews 1999-2000, D. J. R. Brickner wrote of her performance in Uncle Jack, noting that she was a "Broadway veteran" who imbued her role of Mary with a "touching authenticity".
In addition to stage roles, Danette appeared in several films including The First Deadly Sin (1980) and Garbo Talks (1984). She has also had guest roles on A Different World, The Cosby Show, Law & Order, and Third Watch.
|1980||The First Deadly Sin||Woman on Step #1|
|1982||Benny's Place||Role Unknown|
|1987||The Rosary Murders||Mrs. Washington|
|1988||Running on Empty||Maid|
|1997||White Lies||Woman #2 in Window|
|2003||Pieces of April||Woman in Stairwell|
|1988||A Different World||Mrs. Pruitt||Episode: "A Stepping Stone"|
|1990–1991||You Take the Kids||Helen||6 episodes|
|1992||The Cosby Show||Mrs. Whittaker||Episode: "The Price is Wrong"|
|1995||New York Undercover||Mae Helen||Episode: "Private Enemy No. 1"|
|1994–2001||Law & Order||Various roles||4 episodes|
|2003||Third Watch||Lucinda||Episode: "A Ticket Grows in Brooklyn"|
- "Leila Danette turns 100". Amityville Record. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
- Rich, Frank (6 April 1982). "Theater review: Black Anguish in 'Brothers'". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Bruckner, D. J. R. (2001). The New York Times Theatre Reviews 1999-2000 (illustrated ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 202. ISBN 9780415936972.
- "Leila Danette". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
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