Odessa Cleveland

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Odessa Cleveland
Born Odessa Cleveland
(1944-03-03) March 3, 1944 (age 73)
Louisiana, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–1986

Odessa Cleveland (born March 3, 1944, in Louisiana) [1] is an American film and television actress.


A life member of The Actors Studio,[2] 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.


Year Film Role Notes
1974 Huckleberry Finn Jim's Wife

Television works[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Barbara 1 episode: "Glass Cage"
197277 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"


  1. ^ Odessa Cleveland's official website
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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