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Donaldson in 1972.
Norma Mae Donaldson|
July 8, 1928
Harlem, New York, U.S.
November 22, 1994 (aged 66)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
Forest Lawn Cemetery|
(Buffalo, New York)
Norma Mae Donaldson (July 8, 1928 – November 22, 1994) was an American actress and singer. Perhaps she is best known for her roles, as Miss Adelaide in the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls; Lillie Belle Barber on the CBS television soap opera The Young and the Restless, in which she played from 1990 until her death in 1994.
Life and career
Born in Harlem, Donaldson launched her career as a nightclub singer and then toured with Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne. In 1971, Donaldson began appearing in some Blaxploitation films such as 1972's Across 110th Street and 1974's Willie Dynamite. In 1975, she began acting on Broadway and was most famous for portraying the loveless chorine Miss Adelaide, opposite Robert Guillaume, in an all-black revival of Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls in 1976. She and Guillaume were again paired in Purlie and No Place to be Somebody. Prior to her lengthy recurring role on "The Young and the Restless", she had played Dr. Paulina Ravelle on General Hospital on a recurring basis from 1987-1989, who strived to prevent her daughter, Simone, from marrying the white Dr. Tom Hardy. Donaldson died of cancer at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on November 22, 1994 at 66 years old. She was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.
|1956||The Happiest Girl in the World||Martha||Broadway play|
|The Baby and the Battleship||Dr. Bryce||Broadway play, Uncredited|
|1970||Hallelujah, Baby!||Ruby Jean||Broadway play|
|1972||Across 110th Street||Gloria Roberts|
|1975||Good Times||Mrs. Baker||Episode: Michael's Big Fall|
|The Jeffersons||Dale Parker||Episode: George and the Manager|
|1976||Guys and Dolls||Miss Adelaide||Broadway musical|
|1977||All in the Family||Ms. Watson||Episode: Archie Gets the Business: Part 1|
Archie Gets the Business: Part 2
|1978||Watch Your Mouth||Mrs. Littlejohn||Episode: Handsomest Boy|
|What's Happening!!||Mrs. Miller||Episode: No Clothes Make the Man|
|1979||Archie Bunker's Place||Ms. Watson||Episode: The Cook|
Archie's New Partner: Part 1
Archie's New Partner: Part 2
|1980||9 to 5||Betty|
|Willow B: Women in Prison||Mrs. McCallister||(TV movie)|
|1981||Inmates: A Love Story||Lila||(TV movie)|
|1982||CHiPS||Mrs. Schoonover||Episode: Overload|
|Farrell for the People||Mrs. Grey||(TV movie)|
|1983||Intimate Agony||Dr. Bynn||TV movie|
|1989||thirtysomething||Bernice||Episode: No Promises|
|Matlock||Shirley Taylor||Episode: The Good Boy|
|The Young and the Restless||Lillie Bell Barber||Regular (1990–94), (final television appearance)|
|1991||The Five Heartbeats||Mrs. Sawyer|
|1993||Poetic Justice||Aunt May|
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