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Occupation  Actress
Role  Actress
Name  Suzzanne Douglas
Children  1
Years active  1977–present

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Born  April 12, 1957 (age 58) (1957-04-12) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse  Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb (m. 1989)
Parents  Donald Douglas, Sr., Lois Mae Douglas
Education  Illinois State University, Manhattan School of Music
Awards  NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Movies and TV shows  The Parent 'Hood, How Stella Got Her Groove B, Tap, Whitney, The Inkwell
Similar People  Curtis Williams, Robert Townsend, Ashli Amari Adams, Kenny Blank, Reagan Gomez‑Preston

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Suzzanne Douglas (born April 12, 1957) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson on the WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood, starring Robert Townsend which originally ran from 1995–1999. Douglas portrayed Amy Simms in the 1989 dance/drama film Tap alongside Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr; for which she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. In addition to Tap, Douglas has starred in several other motion pictures, among them How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Jason's Lyric (1994), The Inkwell (1994) as well as the 2003 Disney/ABC version of Sounder with Carl Lumbly.

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Early life and education

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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Douglas was one of three children born to Lois Mae and Donald Douglas, Sr. Raised by a single mother, Douglas grew up in a public housing complex on the city's south side. Douglas became interested in the arts as a child, citing 1965's The Sound of Music as her inspiration for acting. Douglas attended Thornton Township High School, graduating in 1975. After high school, Douglas studied at Illinois State University; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her adult life, Douglas was a student in the Master’s Program in Jazz Vocals at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music; later earning a Master in Music degree.

Career

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Douglas has numerous television guest star appearances, most recently The Good Wife. Douglas has also appeared on The Parkers, The Cosby Show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, and Touched by an Angel. On stage, Douglas performed the role of Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera starring Sting and Dr. Bearing in Wit, where she was the first African American to perform the role. Douglas is an Award winning actress: a two time Image Award winner, a Black Oscar, a Reel Award and the Mary Martin Award which was awarded to Douglas by Mary Martin. Douglas appears in the Rel Dowdell film, Changing the Game in 2011.

Personal

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Douglas has been married to radiologist Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb since February 1989 and together they have one daughter. Douglas is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority where she serves as the Honorary Co-Chair of the Commission on Arts and Letters. In the community, she is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of America, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda (a national leadership and honors organization) and Jack and Jill.


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Suzzanne Douglas smiling while wearing a red dress and black heels

References

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