Bumping this because she was a talented actress who died way too young. I enjoyed her performance in Raisin in the Sun.
Loved her. Dynamite in The Landlordw/ Beau Bridges. Every Beneatha besides her version pales in comparison
She didn't do many films, unfortunately. Years ago I saw a film from 1971 called GEORGIA, GEORGIA which was written by Maya Angelou, where she played an American singer who hooks up with an American deserter while in Stockholm. The movie isn't very good, but she was riveting to watch.
She also wound up in campy howlers like DOCTOR'S WIVES and Blaxploitation movies like WILLIE DYNAMITE, but a gal's gotta pay the bills.
She's wonderful in THE LANDLORD, but the film doesn't hold up well - the tone is all over the place.
[quote]What was her best performance?
On stage: THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
On film: A RAISIN IN THE SUN
And those racists in Hollywood!
When they filmed The Owl & the Pussycat, they gave her part to some big-nosed Jewish girl!
Didn't she hookup with Lorraine Hasenberry (A Raisin in the Sun author) before Lorraine got mixed up with Nina Simone?