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Brenda Sykes

Gia Scott-Heron

A younger Brenda Sykes smiling with her hair arranged.
June 1949 (age 74)
United States

Paul C. Hudson (m. 1995), Gil Scott-Heron (m. 1978–1987)

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Brenda Sykes (born June 25, 1949) is an actress who made a number of films and appeared in television series in the 1970s. She was discovered on The Dating Game.


Brenda Sykes in a movie scene laying in a bed with thick bushy hair.

Biographical details

Sykes was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the daughter of a postal worker.

Sykes played Jim Brown's love interest in Black Gunn. According to Brown, he was responsible for her being cast in the role, an effort he made because he was attracted to her in real life. From 1973-74, she co-starred on Ozzie's Girls as a college student boarding with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.

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She played the character Mandy, one of Jimmie Walker's girlfriends on the 1970s sitcom, Good Times, made a starring role appearance on the first season of The Streets of San Francisco, and as Summer Johnson on the CBS series, Executive Suite. Sykes was married to musician Gil Scott-Heron and is the mother of poet Gia Scott-Heron.


Brenda Sykes sitting down and smiling while wearing a black and red striped sweatshirt and red pants.
  • The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
  • Getting Straight (1970)
  • Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
  • Skin Game (1971)
  • Honky (1971)
  • Black Gunn (1972)
  • Cleopatra Jones (1973)
  • Mandingo (1975)
  • Drum (1976)

  • Brenda Sykes smiling with thick hair and wearing a white dress and large earrings.
    Brenda Sykes smiling and sitting down with her hand in her waist while wearing a glittering dress.


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