Rosalind Theresa Cash|
December 31, 1938
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
October 31, 1995 (aged 56)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||City College of New York|
Rosalind Theresa Cash (December 31, 1938 – October 31, 1995) was an American singer and actress. Cash best known film role is as Charlton Heston's character's love interest Lisa, in the 1971 science fiction film, The Omega Man. Cash also had another notable role to the soap opera audiences as Mary Mae Ward on the ABC's General Hospital, a role she portrayed from 1994 until her death in 1995.
Early life and education
Cash was the second of four children born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to John O. Sr., a clerk and Martha Elizabeth Cash. Her siblings were John Jr. (1936–1998), Robert (1939), and Helen (1942–2013). Cash graduated with honours from Atlantic City High School in 1956. After high school, Cash attended City College of New York. Her career extended to theater, television, film and recording.
Cash appeared in the 1962 revival of Fiorello! and was an original member of the Negro Ensemble Company, founded in 1968. In 1973, Cash played the role of Goneril in King Lear at the New York Shakespeare Festival alongside James Earl Jones's Lear. Cash appeared on the New York area television show Callback! which featured musical director Barry Manilow. The episode Cash was featured on was filmed on Monday evening March 31, 1969 at the Village Gate in New York City. The episode aired on Saturday, April 19, 1969 at 3:30 p. m. on CBS. Cash performed "God Bless The Child" on the show, but sadly no recordings have yet to turn up. Her other television credits include The Cosby Show, What's Happening!!, A Different World, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, Barney Miller, Benson, Police Woman, Family Ties, Head of the Class, and many others.
Cash was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the Public Broadcasting Service production of Go Tell it on the Mountain. She had an amusing cameo on The Golden Girls, playing Dorothy's future daughter-in-law. In 1996, she was posthumously nominated for an Emmy Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for her role on General Hospital. Also, she was Nonnie Sweet in the episode of L.A. Law titled "Auld L'Anxiety." Cash's films included Klute (1971), The New Centurions (1972) with George C. Scott, Uptown Saturday Night (1974) with Sidney Poitier, and Wrong Is Right (1982). In 1995, she appeared in Tales from the Hood, her last film appearance. Cash supplied the voices of Sesame Street Muppet Roosevelt Franklin's mother and sister, Mary Frances, on the 1970 record album The Year of Roosevelt Franklin, Gordon's Friend from Sesame Street alongside Matt Robinson's voiceovers for Roosevelt and his brother, Baby Ray, and friend, A.B. Cito.
Personal, family and death
Cash never married nor had children. Cash's older brother, Col. John A. Cash Jr., enjoyed a long illustrious career with the United States Army, serving in the Defense Intelligence Agency. He died in 1998 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Cash died of cancer on October 31, 1995 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at age 56.
- Circle of Pain (1996) (TV)
- Tales from the Hood (1995) .... Dr. Cushing
- A Dangerous Affair (1995) (TV) .... Dr. Robertson
- General Hospital (1993) TV Series .... Mary Mae Ward (1994–1995)
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993) TV Series ...Mrs. Bassin
- The Second Coming (1992)
- You Must Remember This (1992) a.k.a. Wonderworks: You Must Remember This (USA: series title) (TV) .... Janet Mickens
- A Different World (1989) TV Series .... Dean Hughes (Under One Roof)
- Family Ties (1989) TV Series - two-part episode "All in the Neighborhood" (broadcast March 12 and 19, 1989) ... Maya Thompson
- Forced March (1989)
- Death Spa (1988) .... Sgt. Stone ... a.k.a. Witch Bitch
- The Golden Girls episode "Mixed Blessings" (broadcast March 19, 1988) .... Lorraine
- Highway to Heaven episode "A Song of Songs" (broadcast January 21, 1987) .... Ellie Livingston
- From a Whisper to a Scream (1987) .... Snake Woman
- Mighty Pawns (1987) (TV) .... Mrs. Robinson
- The Cosby Show episode "Denise Gets a D" (1986) ... Dr. Hughes
- Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984) (TV) .... Florence
- Knight Rider (1984) (TV) .... Irana (Princess)
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) .... John Emdall
- Just an Overnight Guest (1983) (TV)
- This Is the Life (1983) TV Series
- Special Bulletin (1983) (TV) .... Frieda Barton
- Sister, Sister (1982) (TV) .... Freida Lovejoy-Burton
- Wrong Is Right (1982) .... Mrs. Ford ... a.k.a. The Man with the Deadly Lens
- Keeping On (1981) (TV)
- The Sophisticated Gents (1981) (TV) .... Christine Jackson
- Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) (TV) .... Jenny Hammond ... a.k.a. The Mad Messiah
- Flashpoint (1979) (TV)
- The Class of Miss MacMichael (1978) .... Una Ferrar
- Death Drug (1978)
- A Killing Affair (1977) (TV) .... Beverly York ... a.k.a. Behind the Badge
- What's Happening!! (1976) .... Loretta
- Good Times (1976) (TV) .... Jessica Bishop
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (TV) episode "A Girl Like Mary" (broadcast December 14, 1974) ... Enid Berringer
- The Monkey Hu$tle (1976) .... Mama
- Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) .... Dr. Billie Worth (a.k.a. Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde; Dr. Black and Mr. White; The Watts Monster)
- Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) .... Sarah Robinson... a.k.a. Hit the Open Man
- Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (1975) (TV) .... Adele
- Amazing Grace (1974 film) .... Creola Waters
- Uptown Saturday Night (1974) .... Sarah Jackson
- King Lear (1974) (TV) .... Goneril
- The All-American Boy (1973) .... Poppy
- Hickey & Boggs (1972) .... Nyona
- Melinda (1972) .... Terry Davis
- The New Centurions (1972) .... Lorrie... a.k.a. Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police
- The Omega Man (1971) .... Lisa
- Klute (1971) .... Pat
- Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television - Rosalind Cash - By Bob McCann
- JET Magazine - Actress Rosalind Cash Dies Of Cancer - November 20, 1995
- Gussow, Mel. "Rosalind Cash, 56, at Home on Stage and Screen", The New York Times, November 3, 1995. Accessed December 3, 2007.
- Contributions to Black Studies - 1987
- "Emmy nominations for daytime announced". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Associated Press. April 6, 1996.
- Roosevelt Franklin - Keep On Trying - YouTube
- John Anthony Cash, Sr. at the Arlington National Cemetery website