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Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 3, 1935
FactBecame an actress rather late in life and completely by surprise. A teacher of languages for almost three decades in Dallas, Texas, where she was seen reading poetry by actor/director Raymond St. Jacques, who was in town shooting a movie, and he offered her a role in his film on the spot.

Irma P. Hall is an American actress. She was born on July 2, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, to Ida Mae (née Johnson) and Henry Hall. She has four siblings: Henry, Jr., Dorothy, Kenneth, and Barbara. Hall attended Central High School in Beaumont. After graduation, she attended Prairie View A&M University, where she studied business administration.

Hall began her acting career in the early 1960s with small roles on television shows such as “The Bill Cosby Show” and “The Mod Squad”. In 1968, she made her film debut in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”. She went on to appear in a number of films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including “The Sting”, “Brewster’s Millions”, “A Soldier’s Story”, and “The Breakfast Club”.

In the 1990s, Hall began appearing in a number of made-for-television movies. She also had a recurring role on the television series “Picket Fences”. In 2001, she appeared in the film “Soul Food”.

Hall has been married three times. Her first husband was Harold E. Ford, with whom she had one child, Harold E. Ford, Jr. Her second husband was James V. Hall, with whom she had two children: James V. Hall, Jr. and Katrina Hall. She has been married to actor Robert Harper since 2001.

Hall has a net worth of $3 million. She has earned her wealth through her acting career.

General Info

Full NameIrma P. Hall
Date Of BirthJune 3, 1935
Height1.52 m
ProfessionActor, Teacher
EducationTexas College, Briar Cliff University


ParentsJosephine Hall


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
MoviesThe Ladykillers, Patch Adams, Collateral, Soul Food, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Family Thing, Nothing to Lose, Beloved, Meet the Browns, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Backdraft, A Slipping-Down Life, Book of Numbers, Something to Sing About, Our America, Mo' Money, Miss L...
TV ShowsAll Souls

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1Living in Dallas, Texas with her family, where she is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. [2005]
2She was awarded the 2000 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
3She was awarded the 1988 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Have You Seen Zandile?" at the Chicago Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
4On January 24, 2004, she was severely injured in a car wreck while in Chicago, Illinois, driving in a snowstorm, where Irma lost control of her vehicle, crossing lanes into oncoming traffic, hitting another car head on. Hall underwent emergency open-heart surgery to repair a puncture to her aorta caused by a rib broken in the accident. Additionally, Hall suffered a shattered ankle and a broken arm. Hall was cited for driving with a suspended license and not staying in her lane. Hall made a full recovery, which required significant post-surgery rehabilitation and physical therapy, thereby enabling the continuation of her career.
5Hit 'over-night' film stardom at age 36 in Book of Numbers (1973), starring Raymond St. Jacques.
6Co-founded a minor repertory theater in Dallas during her teaching years.
7Became an actress rather late in life and completely by surprise. A teacher of languages for almost three decades in Dallas, Texas, where she was seen reading poetry by actor/director Raymond St. Jacques, who was in town shooting a movie, and he offered her a role in his film on the spot.
8Taught foreign languages and English for 27 years in Dallas, Texas, USA public schools.




Sage and Edison2018post-productionNana
Lady Luck2016completedMrs. Bailey
A Man Called JoncompletedSadie Johnson
DianthusShort completedMagenta
Empty Chairpre-productionMiss Harriet
A Heart That Forgives2016Ms. Gussie
New Life2016Margaret
The Greg Ellis Show2016TV MovieAunt Tippy
The Altar Call: Pilot2016TV MovieMrs. G
Lady Labyrinth2016ShortJasmine
Chi-Raq2015Ms. Doctor Aesop
Uncommon2015Aunt Shirley Bailey
Base2015TV SeriesAuntie
Steps of Faith2014Dorothy Lee
Night Vet2014ShortMabel
Getting On2013TV SeriesCordelia Meade
Chicago Fire2012TV SeriesMrs. Grady
Hiding in Plain Sight2012Ida Mae Blackmon
Changing the Game2012Grandma Barnes
Jayne Mansfield's Car2012Dorothy Lambert
The Game2012TV Series
3 Blind Saints2011Sister Louise
Red2011/IIShortMother Mabel
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2011TV SeriesLorna Talcott
Harry's Law2011TV SeriesAnna Nicholson
Diary of a Single Mom2010-2011TV SeriesDessa
Hurricane Season2009Grandma Rose
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done2009Mrs Roberts (as Irma Hall)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans2009Binnie Rogers
Uncross the Stars2008Lulu
Meet the Browns2008Mildred
Take 32006TV MovieMildred Burnett
P.N.O.K.2005ShortMildred Burnett
Gift for the Living2005ShortCarrie Mae
Soul Food2000-2004TV SeriesMama Joe
The Ladykillers2004Marva Munson
An Unexpected Love2003TV MovieMary
Miss Lettie and Me2002TV MovieRose Griffin
The Bernie Mac Show2002TV SeriesAunt Liva
Bad Company2002Mrs. Banks
Don't Let Go2002Hazel
Our America2002TV MovieJune Jones
A Rugrats Kwanzaa Special2001TV MovieGreat Aunt T (voice)
All Souls2001TV SeriesNurse Glory St. Claire
Rugrats2001TV SeriesAunt T.
A Girl Thing2001TV MovieAlice (Housekeeper)
Something to Sing About2000TV MovieMemaw
7th Heaven2000TV SeriesHattie
Judging Amy1999TV SeriesBeverly Raymond
A Lesson Before Dying1999TV MovieMiss Emma
A Slipping-Down Life1999Clotelia
Patch Adams1998Joletta
Getting Personal1998TV SeriesMrs. Buckley
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesEffie Taylor
The Love Letter1998TV MovieMae Mullen
Nothing Sacred1998TV Series
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil1997Minerva
Soul Food1997Mother Joe
Steel1997Grandma Odessa
Nothing to Lose1997Bertha 'Mama' Davidson
Buddy1997Emma, Lintz's Maid
To Sir, with Love II1996TV MovieOld Woman
A Family Thing1996Aunt T.
Wishbone1995TV SeriesDr. Thelma Brown
Missing Persons1993-1994TV SeriesMrs. Davison
In the Company of Darkness1993TV MovieApartment Manager
Mo' Money1992Lady on Phone
In the Shadow of a Killer1992TV MovieForeman
The Babe1992Fanny Baily
Straight Talk1992Ethel
The Kid Who Loved Christmas1990TV MovieMrs. Smith
Uncle Tom's Cabin1987TV MovieMammy
They Still Call Me Bruce1987Mrs. Brown (as Irma Hall)
Square Dance1987Preacher Dixon
The George McKenna Story1986TV Movie
On Valentine's Day1986Aunt Charity
The Long Hot Summer1985TV MovieCecilia Howlett (as Irma Hall)
Dallas1978-1984TV SeriesRosa, Graison's Maid / Tilly
He's Not Your Son1984TV MovieNurse Anne Hall
Split Image1982Maid (as Irma Hall)
Broken Promise1981TV MovieWilliston (as Irma Hall)
Crisis at Central High1981TV MovieLulu Richards
Skyward1980TV MovieMrs. Sinclair (as Jana Hall)
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II1980TV Movie
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders1979TV MovieDora
Book of Numbers1973Georgia Brown


Lady Labyrinth2016Short executive producer


Won Awards

2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actress, Musical or ComedyThe Ladykillers (2004)
2004Jury PrizeCannes Film FestivalThe Ladykillers (2004)
2004WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Comedic PerformanceThe Ladykillers (2004)
2003CamieCharacter and Morality in Entertainment AwardsMiss Lettie and Me (2002)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureSoul Food (1997)
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressA Family Thing (1996)
1996KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressA Family Thing (1996)

Nominated Awards

2011ISAIndie Series AwardsOutstanding Guest AppearanceDiary of a Single Mom (2009)
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressThe Ladykillers (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureThe Ladykillers (2004)
2005Grace AwardMovieGuide AwardsMost Inspiring Movie ActingThe Ladykillers (2004)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSoul Food (2000)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Supporting ActressA Lesson Before Dying (1999)
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressA Family Thing (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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