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Helen Martin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Helen Dorothy Martin (July 23, 1909 – March 25, 2000) was an American actress of stage and television who is perhaps most well known for her role in the sitcom 227 as Marla Gibbs' neighbor Pearl. Martin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Amanda Frankie (née Fox) and William Martin, a minister. Martin was a Broadway character actress for many decades, debuting in Orson Welles' production of Native Son in 1941. She appeared in at least a dozen Broadway shows including Jean Genet's The Blacks, Raisin from 1973 to 1975, Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious (and later the musical version, which was called Purlie), The Amen Corner and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment. She was an original member of the American Negro Theater. She first became famous later in life for her guest role as Wanda on the television series Good Times, and later as the wisecracking neighbor Pearl Shay on the television sitcom 227. She also played on the short-run sitcoms Baby, I'm Back (as mother in-law, Luzelle) and That's My Mama; as Loc Dog's grandma, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), the matronly grandmother Mama Doll in the 1998 film Bulworth, and the no-nonsense grandmother in the film Hollywood Shuffle. Helen Martin died of a heart attack on March 25, 2000. Description above from the Wikipedia article Helen Martin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jul 23, 1909 In St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Love Letters 1942-12-23
Latest Project:
Movie PWG: Failure to Communicate 2012-10-27
Known For
Poster of 227
Poster of Hill Street Blues
Movie PWG: Failure to Communicate Sadie 2012-10-27
Movie Suddenly Dangdut Bobby's Grandmother 2006-08-10
Movie Fida Helen Ward 2004-08-20
Movie Intact Maddie, Welcoming Committee 2001-11-06
Movie Something to Sing About Elderly Woman 2000-06-10
Movie Bulworth Momma Doll 1998-05-15
Series Full House Shirley 1987-09-22
Movie Hollywood Shuffle Bobby's Grandmother 1987-03-20
Series 227 Pearl Shay 1985-09-14
Series The Bill Unknown 1984-10-16
Movie Repo Man Mrs. Parks 1984-02-20
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Unknown 1983-09-18
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Series T. J. Hooker Unknown 1982-03-13
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Benson Unknown 1979-09-13
Movie Lawman Without a Gun Mrs. Cartwright 1978-12-04
Series The White Shadow Unknown 1978-11-27
Movie A Hero Ain't Nothin But a Sandwich Mrs. Bell 1978-02-03
Series Roots Unknown 1977-01-23
Series What's Happening!! Unknown 1976-08-05
Series Starsky & Hutch Unknown 1975-09-10
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Series That's My Mama Unknown 1974-09-04
Series Good Times Unknown 1974-02-08
Series Maude Unknown 1972-09-12
Series Sanford and Son Unknown 1972-01-14
Movie The Phenix City Story Helen Ward 1955-08-14
Movie Love Letters Nana Cross 1942-12-23