Montrose Hagins

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Montrose Hagins
Born Annie Montrose Hagins
(1917-06-12)June 12, 1917
Columbus County, North Carolina, U.S.
Died October 24, 2012(2012-10-24) (aged 95)
Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Occupation Television actress, educator
Years active 1986–2003

Montrose Hagins (June 12, 1917 - October 24, 2012)[citation needed] was an African-American television actress and former schoolteacher. Hagins either starred and been a guest on popular television shows such as: Seinfeld, Roc, 227, The Golden Girls, Sister, Sister, The Hughleys, The Jamie Foxx Show, What's Happening Now, The Sinbad Show, The Famous Jett Jackson. She also became the replacement for Rosetta LeNoire as Leola Henderson-Forbes in the final season on Amen. Her television credits also include more guest spots on shows such as: E/R, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Hunter, Malcolm & Eddie, and Moesha.

Hagins, who was one of five siblings, was the daughter of an Episcopal minister. Prior to becoming an actress, Hagins, who was a longtime friend of fellow veteran African-American character actresses Rosetta LeNoire (of ABC-TV's Family Matters) and Esther Rolle (better known to TV sitcom viewers as Florida Evans of CBS-TV's Good Times TV series fame), was a 4th grade teacher at Williams Elementary School and a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Gary, Indiana. She also was a board member for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. She also was a staunch liberal Democrat and African American Rights Activist.

She retired from acting in 2005, and then spending the last years of her life living in an antique farmhouse in Pennsylvania. Hagins reportedly had three homes which consisted of a summer and fall house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as two homes in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and a beach house in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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