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March 3, 1944
Louisiana, United States
A life member of The Actors Studio, Odessa Cleveland is best known for her role as Lieutenant Ginger Bayliss, a recurring character on the television series M*A*S*H, on which she appeared for 26 episodes from 1972 to 1975.
Cleveland also had a guest role in an episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H spin-off Trapper John, M.D. in 1986. Beginning as a receptionist and writer at the Watts Writer's Workshop/Theater in Los Angeles, and under the tutelage of Budd Schulberg, Odessa began appearing in such productions as Black Girl in Search of God at Jim Wood's Studio Watts Theater in Los Angeles.
In 1974, she portrayed "Jim's" slave wife in the 1974 musical release of Huckleberry Finn.
|1974||Huckleberry Finn||Jim's Wife|
|1971||The Bold Ones: The New Doctors||Barbara||1 episode: "Glass Cage"|
|1972–77||M*A*S*H||Lt. Ginger Bayliss||Total of 27 episodes (5 uncredited)|
|1975||Sanford and Son||Audrey||1 episode: "The Over-the-Hill Gag"|
|1977||Something for Joey||Judy||TV Movie|
|1982||The Greatest American Hero||Nurse||1 episode: " The Hand-Painted Thai"|
|1983||Simon & Simon||Nurse||1 episode: "Room 3502"|
|1986||Trapper John, M.D.||Second Nurse||1 episode: "The Curmudgeon"|