Suzzanne Douglas, actress best known for her work on the longtime Warner Bros. sitcom The parents’ hood, is dead. She was 64 years old.
In a press release sent to Hollywood journalist, the representative for Douglas said: “The industry has lost a truly talented artist with the passing of Suzzanne Douglas. She touched everyone who knew her and was adorable in every way. The family appreciates your support and requests their privacy during this difficult time. “
Details of his death were not provided.
Douglas played matriarch Jerri Peterson in the Parents hood, which also starred Robert Townsend and lasted for five seasons (1995-99).
Townsend remembered Douglas on his Twitter account: “My heart is full, because yesterday I lost, my incredible dance partner on TV for 5 years Suzanne Douglas. We did “Work” on THE PARENT’HOOD. I just remember a lot of laughter and a lot of tears… his royal light will be missed. “
His other TV credits included appearances on BONE, The good wife, Law and Order: SVU, Law and order: criminal intent, NYPD Blue, Touched by an angel, I will fly and The Parkers. She recently starred as Grace Cuffee in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series, When they see us.
DuVernay took to twitter to pay tribute to the actress, whom she described as a “calm and elegant force”. ” A lady. A lady’s jewel. A confident and caring actor who breathed life into words and made them sparkle. I am grateful that our paths have crossed in this lifetime. May she travel in peace and love, ”she tweeted.
On the cinema side, Douglas starred in How Stella found her groove, Rock school, The inkpot, Jason’s words, the dance drama of 1989 Tap (she won a NAACP Image Award for her role), ABC’s 2003 remake Sounder and Change the game (2011). She also portrayed Cissy Houston in the 2015 Lifetime movie. Whitney.
Douglas’ Inkwell co-star Jada Pinkett Smith also paid tribute on Twitter writing: “I woke up this morning to hear of the passing of Suzzanne Douglas. I worked with Suzzanne in the movie Inkwell. He was an elegant, gentle and warm spirit. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May she rest in love.
On stage, Douglas has performed in productions such as The Quart’s Opera in front of Sting, The tap child and It’s a great night to sing. Other theater credits included Arthur Laurent Hallelujah, baby! – Douglas was the first African American to play Dr Bearing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play – and Mind and Crowns, which won an Image Award for Ensemble Performance. She has also appeared in productions of Henri v, Jules by design and Regina Taylor’s The drowning crow.
Douglas also worked behind the camera, producing Last weekend – he won the award for best short film at the Hollywood Black Film Festival – and co-produced Theresa Rebeck’s film Love on the rocks.
Born in Chicago, Douglas received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music.
She has also performed regularly as a singer and songwriter, performing music with her band which has been shared on her website. Musicians Douglas traveled with Jon Faddis, Nate Adderley, Don Braden, TS Monk, Helen Sung, Stanley Turrentine, Gene Harris and Kenney Burrell.
An advocate for the arts, Douglas became a life member of the Girl Scouts of America, the National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Jack and Jill of America. She was also an honorary member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and served on its national board of directors.