Mabel King
Actress
Mabel King
Mabel King was an American film, stage and television actress.
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Why Black Twitter Didn't Hate the Music From The Wiz Live!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
First let me say I have an emotional and personal connection to The Wiz. Like most people that were going to watch it that night, I love The Wiz! It's a classic whether you are talking about the Broadway show or the film. Also, my father (Harvey Mason, Sr.) played drums on the original film score and soundtrack alongside one of my idols, producer Quincy Jones, so I felt the pressure to get the music right. The songs from The Wiz are woven into our DNA so if you are going to remake or re-sing "Home" or "You Can't Win", you better deliver, just like there is no excuse to sing Whitney's "The Greatest Love Of All" if you don't have the chops (Sexual Chocolate anyone?!) So as it was getting near show time I was initially nervous. I'd been working with the cast all week so I felt pretty confident but Black Twitter was waiting to see how Mary, Amber, NE-YO, David, Elijah, Queen Latifah and newcomer Shanice would bring our beloved characters to life (poor Elijah had to compete wi ...
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NBC Finally Gets It Right with The Wiz
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photos Courtesy NBC Talk about a tough audience: Thursday, Dec. 3rd NBC television's live production of The Wiz couldn't have fallen on more cynical eyes; mine. I'm a 53-year-old-musical-theatre-loving-gay man that grew up in Long Beach, CA. As a child I sat with wonder in front of my Saturday morning TV show, one of the best, Wonderama ( a talk show that treated kids as grownups but with lots of fun) watching one of Broadway's youngest stars, Stephanie Mills, sing Home from a play all the way from New York called The Wiz. I remember her performance to this day, can tell you what she was wearing, and I was a pre-teen. She was perfection. I HAD to do that. Cut to the young entertainment reporter writing for huge music publications like Billboard attending a premiere at the Cinerama Dome Theatre on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood of Diana Ross' latest film, that same play. I loved Diana Ross, still do. And while she was terribly miscast in the role, the movie still was a thing of camp a ...
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Video: WWE Champion King Mabel? Viscera says it could have happened at SummerSlam 1995
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Our Canadian friends, The Score, recently saw down with Nelson Frazier better known as Mabel, King Mabel, Viscera or Big Daddy V. They covered a few different topics including how their rapping manager, Oscar, got paired up with him and his partner Mo. Turns out Vince McMahon and "Macho Man" Randy Savage shared an elevator with him, he busted a flow and they were so impressed, Oscar was soon signed to a contract. He also discussed the origins of Viscera and how he enjoys the recent reappearances of Vader, Sid and the other Legends WWE is bringing in. The biggest bit of news comes when he discusses his rulebreaker turn leading up to the 1995 King of the Ring and his WWE Championship title match against Diesel at SummerSlam 1995. Were we supposed to get a new champ that night? Frazier says so: "Vince was leaning towards me and... anybody knows The Kliq, they can change things around so that's what happened." The Kliq, of course, being Shawn Michaels, Kevi ...
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Lois Audrey King Jackson - Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Audrey was born on April 25, 1935 in Murray, Utah - the 8th child of Thomas and Mabel King. Eventually her family settled in Mesa, Arizona where she spent most of her growing up years. She attended Brigham Young University where she met and married her
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Theater preview: The Wiz at Wyly Theatre in Dallas - Pegasus News
Google News - over 5 years
Mabel King, also known as the mother in the television series What's Happening, played wicked witch Evillene in both the play and the movie. The film saw a star-studded cast take on the project, produced by Quincy Jones. Diana Ross played Dorothy,
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Chicago South Side actress Felicia Fields eager for 'The Wiz' - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
The late great Mabel King, who later played the wise and worried TV mother on "What's Happening!!," played Field's Evillene role both on Broadway and in the film. The rest of the cast for the Munster musical stars James Earl Jones II as The Lion and
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Cane presented to oldest Westport resident - South Coast Today
Google News - almost 6 years
Westport's cane was previously awarded to Mabel King in 2002, who succeeded the late Eva M. Heyworth as the town's oldest resident, according to Griffin's web site. The gold-headed canes were manufactured by the New York-based JF Fradley and Co.,
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Treyc Cohen encarnará a Dorothy en el nuevo revival británico de THE WIZ - todoMUSICALES
Google News - almost 6 years
En 1978 se estrenó una película a partir del musical protagonizada por Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor y Mabel King. En Londres el espectáculo llegó al Lyric Hammersmith del West End en 1984,
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Irene Reid, 77, Singer, Bandleader and Actress
NYTimes - about 9 years
Irene Reid, a singer who toured and recorded with Count Basie's band and appeared on Broadway in ''The Wiz,'' died last Saturday in the Bronx. She was 77. The cause was cardiac arrest, said Wendy Oxenhorn, director of the Jazz Foundation of America, which had been helping to provide Ms. Reid with health care for more than a decade. A jazz vocalist
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Mabel King, 66, Who Played The Wicked Witch in 'The Wiz'
NYTimes - over 17 years
Mabel King, an actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the Broadway and movie productions of ''The Wiz'' and her role as the mother in the mid-70's television comedy ''What's Happening!'' died on Nov. 9 at a hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif., where she lived. She was 66. She died after a long
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STAGE: 'THE WIZ' BACK ON BROADWAY
NYTimes - over 32 years
YOU may well wonder why anyone would bother to revive ''The Wiz'' on Broadway only nine years after the original production - and only a few weeks after the film version last aired on network television. The answer, heaven knows, is not to be found in anything that happens on stage in the tacky touring production now parked at the Lunt-Fontanne.
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BRIEFING
NYTimes - over 33 years
Fight Over Charity On Wednesday, the nine-member national eligibility committee for the Combined Federal Campaign will hold a public hearing in the auditorium of the Office of Personnel Management and hear requests from groups seeking financial support from the Government equivalent of United Way. Nothing very controversial or exciting there,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mabel King
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1999
    Age 66
    Mabel died on November 9, 1999 at the age of 66.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 55
    Her last two movie roles were 1988's Scrooged starring Bill Murray and 1990's Dead Men Don't Die starring Elliott Gould.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, King suffered a stroke and entered the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She also battled diabetes, and eventually lost both of her legs and an arm to the disease. Her only child, a son, Larry (who was the eldest son of singer/songwriter Larry Banks) died in 1996. King was a staunch conservative Republican who strongly supported the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
  • 1984
    Age 51
    In between, she signed on with then Hollywood agent Ruben Malaret, who negotiated the reprised role of Mama Johnson in the 1984 made-for-TV movie The Jerk, Too.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 45
    That same year, she reprised the role of Evillene for the 1978 film version of The Wiz.
    More Details Hide Details It was the second time in her career that she appeared in a movie after being in the stage version, the first being Don't Play Us Cheap. The following year she appeared in The Jerk as the mother to Steve Martin's character. King received mostly guest spots on TV shows including Fantasy Island, The Jeffersons, Amazing Stories, and Tales from the Darkside.
  • 1976
    Age 43
    In 1976, she was offered the role of Mabel Thomas on the sitcom What's Happening!!, a role she played from 1976 to 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Due to disagreements with the direction the creators wanted to take the show, King left What's Happening!! in 1978 after two seasons.
  • 1975
    Age 42
    In January 1975, she played the role of Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West in the all-African-American cast of the Broadway musical The Wiz.
    More Details Hide Details The role earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination for outstanding featured actress in a musical. Her performance in The Wiz brought her much attention and soon after she received roles in the films The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, with Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones, and Scott Joplin, with Billy Dee Williams and Clifton Davis. In June 1980, King returned to stage work, starring in the Broadway musical It's So Nice To Be Civilized. However the show did not do well and was cancelled after eight performances.
  • 1973
    Age 40
    The following year, 1973, she appeared in the film version of the play.
    More Details Hide Details That same year she played the Queen of Myrthia in the horror film Ganja & Hess.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 39
    Then in 1972, she appeared in the Broadway musical Don't Play Us Cheap.
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  • 1966
    Age 33
    She did not start acting until her mid thirties, in 1966, when she played the role of Maria in the national touring play of Porgy and Bess.
    More Details Hide Details The following year she played the role of Ernestina in the Broadway musical/comedy Hello, Dolly!
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on December 25, 1932.
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