Hollywood actress Mary Alice dies at 80: A different world, Sparkle

Hollywood film and television star Mary Alice has died at the age of 80.

The Emmy-winning star Tony and the Emmy-winning star passed away Wednesday in New York City, according to the New York Police Department, which spoke to. diverse. The cause of her death is not yet known.

The star is best known as Lettie ‘Lettie’ Bostic on NBC TV A Different World. She also rose to prominence for her role as Evie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle.

A sad farewell: Hollywood star Mary Alice has died at the age of 80.  The actress passed away Wednesday in New York City, according to the New York Police Department who spoke to Variety.  The cause of her death is not yet known.  It was seen in New York City in 2007

A sad farewell: Hollywood star Mary Alice has died at the age of 80. The actress passed away Wednesday in New York City, according to the New York Police Department who spoke to Variety. The cause of her death is not yet known. It was seen in New York City in 2007

And she was part of one of the most famous movie franchises of all time: in 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions, she appeared as The Oracle opposite Keanu Reeves and played the role again in the video game Enter The Matrix.

She was born on December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi according to many sources, but others say she was born in 1937, according to Variety.

When she was two years old, she moved with her family to Chicago.

Best Program for her: The star is known as Leticia

Best Program: The star is known as Leticia “Letty” Bostic on NBC’s “A Different World.” Seen on the right with Yasmine Guy Yasar in 1988

She starred in Sparkle: She also came to prominence for her role as Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle.

She starred in Sparkle: She also came to prominence for her role as Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle.

A theater actress too: Here she was seen at the Drama League lunch in 1987

A theater actress too: Here she was seen at the Drama League lunch in 1987

Friends: With actor James Earl Jones at the 1987 Nominees Luncheon Tony Awards

Friends: With actor James Earl Jones at the 1987 Nominees Luncheon Tony Awards

The star became interested in acting when he was in school and then moved to New York City to work on plays such as The Rat’s Mass and Street Sounds.

Throughout her career, she has returned to the stage.

Alice received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her appearance in a 1987 production of August Wilson’s Walls.

But her heart belongs to the screen.

Golden Girl: In 1993, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series I'll Fly Away.

Golden Girl: In 1993, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series I’ll Fly Away.

Thanks!  Alice accepts an Emmy Award at the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California;  Right: Heather Locklear and Andrew Shaw from Melrose Place

Thanks! Alice accepts an Emmy Award at the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California; Right: Heather Locklear and Andrew Shaw from Melrose Place

She made her small screen debut in The Education of Sonny Carson about a gangster who goes to prison, which appeared in 1974.

The actress subsequently appeared in popular TV shows such as Police Woman, Good Times and Sanford And Son as a guest star.

In 1976 she had a small role in the series Serpico.

The Oracle with Keanu Reeves: and was part of one of the most famous movie franchises of all time: appeared in 2003's The Matrix Revolutions as The Oracle and played a role in the video game Enter the Matrix as well

The Oracle with Keanu Reeves: and was part of one of the most famous movie franchises of all time: appeared in 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions as The Oracle and played a role in the video game Enter the Matrix as well

Then came her first TV series: in 1980, she was cast in All My Children, where she played Ellie Grant.

Next up was a different world as Leticia ‘Letty’ Bostick who played her from 1987 until 1989.

More films followed, such as a small role in 1992’s Malcolm X and 1993’s A Perfect World.

In 1993 she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, I’ll Fly Away.

Hasret: Law & Order actress S Epatha Merkerson shared this honor

Hasret: Law & Order actress S Epatha Merkerson shared this honor

In 1994 she was in The Inkwell, The Vernon Johns Story and Heading Home.

In 1995 she appeared in Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder and in 1996 she was in Bed of Roses.

More films followed such as Down in the Delta 1998, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce and The Wishing Tree Mattie, 2000, The Photographer Violet, 2001’s The Last Brickmaker in America, 2002’s Sunshine State, 2002’s Life Emiline Crane and 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions

Friends: seen right with Felicia Rashad left at the Signature Theater Company's salute to August Wilson in New York City

Friends: seen right with Felicia Rashad left at the Signature Theater Company’s salute to August Wilson in New York City

In 2000, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

She retired from acting in 2005.

Greetings poured in shortly after the news of her death spread.

Viola Davis tweeted, “RIP Mary Alice…the original Rose Maxson. You were one of the greatest actresses of all time!! Thank you for the work and inspiration and thank you to Rose. Good luck my queen ❤️❤️❤️❤️.

Law & Order actress S Epatha Merkerson shared a broken-hearted emoji.

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