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Mary Alice
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Alice at the 45th Emmy Awards Governor's Ball, 1993.
Born
Mary Alice Smith

December 3, 1936[1]
or December 3, 1941[2]
(sources differ)
DiedJuly 27, 2022
New York City
NationalityAmerican
EducationChicago Teacher's College
OccupationActress
Years active1969–2005
Known forEffie Williams – Sparkle
Leticia "Lettie" Bostic – A Different World
Mary Alice Smith (December 3, 1936 or 1941 (sources differ) – July 27, 2022) known professionally as Mary Alice, was an American film, television, and stage actress. Alice was known for her roles as Leticia "Lettie" Bostic on NBC's A Different World (1987–1989) and Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle. Alice has also performed on the stage, and received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her appearance in the 1987 production of August Wilson's Fences.
Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Early life and education
1.2 Career
2 Filmography
2.1 Film
2.2 Television
2.3 Theatre
2.4 Video games
3 Awards
4 References
5 External links
Biography
Early life and education
Born Mary Alice Smith in Indianola, Mississippi, Alice was the daughter of Ozelar (née Jurnakin) and Sam Smith. Alice showed an early and natural ability for acting, and began her stage career in her hometown. Her family moved from Mississippi to Chicago when she was two years old. Mary Alice graduated from Chicago Teacher's College (now known as Chicago State Univeristy), and taught at an elementary school.
Career
She returned to acting in the mid-1960s, through community theater, and appeared in three Douglass Turner Ward's plays, including Days of Absence and Happy Endings. Mary Alice also washed the cast's laundry for a salary of $200 a week. She did some acting in New York City during the late 1960s and early 1970s, performing in multiple productions at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Manhattan's East Village between 1969 and 1973. Her first production at La MaMa was Adrienne Kennedy's A Rat's Mass in September 1969. She reprised her role as Sister Rat in the October 1969 production, and again in the January 1971 production. All three productions were directed by Seth Allen. In 1970, Mary Alice performed in Ed Bullins' Street Sounds, directed by Hugh Gittens. She later performed in Lamar Alford's Thoughts in December 1972 and January 1973. Mary Alice made her screen début in the 1974 film The Education of Sonny Carson, and later appeared in the television shows Police Woman and Sanford and Son. She played Ellie Grant Hubbard on the soap opera All My Children during the mid-1980s, and co–starred in A Different World as Leticia 'Lettie' Bostic from the series' start in 1987 until the end of the second season in 1989. Mary Alice won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1993 for I'll Fly Away. Her other film credits include Malcolm X (1992), The Inkwell (1994), and Down in the Delta (1998). In 2000, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Mary Alice replaced Gloria Foster as the Oracle in the film The Matrix Revolutions and the video game Enter the Matrix after Foster, who originated the role, died in 2001. Alice retired from acting in 2005.
Alice died on July 27, 2022, in New York City.
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