Douglas, who is best known for playing alongside Robert Townsend in the hit ’90s television series, died on Tuesday.
Suzanne douglas, the actress best known for playing opposite Robert Townsend in the hit ’90s TV show, Parents hood, died Tuesday at the age of 64.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
His death was confirmed by TMZ and first announced by a reporter Roland martin at Twitter, who wrote: “Sad news… actress @suzzannedouglas has passed away.”
“Several members of her family confirm on Facebook that the longtime actress has passed away at the age of 64,” Martin tweeted. “Many remember her as @larenztate’s mother and @joethemorton’s wife in ‘The Inkwell’.”
Tributes immediately poured in from fans and celebrities on social media.
Suzzanne Douglas appeared in When they see us as Grace Cuffe, mother of Kevin richardson, one of the five exempt.
The movie director, Ava DuVernay, wrote on Instagram and Twitter that Douglas “was a quiet and elegant force like we did WHEN THEY SEE US. 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 walk in peace and love.
Originally from Chicago, raised in social housing with three siblings, Suzzanne Douglas is a graduate of Illinois State University. She was also a singer who obtained a Masters of Music from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.
The actress has made appearances on countless TV shows over the years. At Parents hood, she played Jerri Peterson for five seasons on the sitcom The WB. Her character was a tough mother of four and a law student married to the character Townsend, a college professor, who lived with their family in Harlem.
After the death of Douglas, the actress Reagan gomez, who played Douglas’ daughter on Parents hood, retweeted a previous note in which, responding to a question about the all-time favorite moms on TV, she replied, “This is a #SuzzanneDouglas stan account.”
Gomez shared several photos of Douglas, including one of her in an evening gown and one in which she praised her natural, progressive hair on 1990s TV. She also shared a photo of herself and Douglas taken during their last recording of their show.
Suzzanne Douglas’ acting was not limited to the small screen. She appeared in the classic film Tap, featuring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines, winning a NAACP Image Award for her portrayal in the 1989 film. She starred in the 1994s The inkwell with Larenz Tate and Joe morton, which depicts the lives of black families in Martha’s Vineyard.
Douglas is survived by her husband, neuro-radiologist Roy Jonathan Cobb, whom she married in February 1989, and their daughter, Jordan cobb, also an actress and writer.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, where she served as Honorary Co-Chair of the Arts and Letters Commission for 13 years, as well as a Life Member of Girl Scouts of the USA, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda and Jack and Jill of America.
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