Person Details

Birthday: 1909-07-23 21:54:47

Death: 2000-03-25 21:54:47

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: N/A

Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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Movie Involvements: 13

TV Involvements: 2


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

T. J. Hooker
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6

T. J. Hooker

(1982) Mrs. Sears
Kiss the Girls
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6

Kiss the Girls

(1997) Nana Cross
The Flash
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7

The Flash

(1990) Sadie Grosso
The Phenix City Story
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7

The Phenix City Story

(1955) Helen Ward
Something to Sing About
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7

Something to Sing About

(2000) Elderly Woman
A Hero Ain't Nothin But a Sandwich
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7
Night Angel
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5

Night Angel

(1990) Sadie
Dummy
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10

Dummy

(1979) Mrs. Harrod

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2000 Elderly Woman
1998 Grandmother
Momma Doll
1997 Nana Cross
1996 N/A
Loc Dog's Grandma
1995 N/A
N/A
1994 Grandma
1991 Mrs. Deevers
Maddie, Welcoming Committee
1990 Sadie Grosso
Sadie
1989 Mrs. Johnson
1987 Shirley
Bobby's Grandmother
1985 Pearl Shay
1984 N/A
Mrs. Parks
Grandma Johnson
1983 N/A
1982 N/A
Mrs. Sears
1981 N/A
1980 N/A
1979 N/A
N/A
Mrs. Harrod
1978 Mrs. Cartwright
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Flower Lady
Mrs. Bell
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1976 N/A
1975 N/A
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1974 N/A
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1972 N/A
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1969 Mrs. Hill
1955 Helen Ward
Year Character Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
1945 Screenplay
1941 Story
Screenplay
Year Role Movie/Tv

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