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FactMs. Cole is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Olivia Cole is an American actress. She was born on March 20, 1943, in Birmingham, Alabama, to parents who were both high school teachers. Cole has two sisters and one brother. She attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. After graduation, Cole moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

She made her Broadway debut in 1968 in the play “The Mighty Gents. ” Cole’s film debut came in 1974 with the film “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. ” She has since appeared in numerous films and television shows. Cole won an Emmy Award for her role in the miniseries “Roots” in 1977.

She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. Cole’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. She has been married three times and has three children. ..

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Full NameOlivia Cole


ParentsArvelia Cole, William Cole


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, TV Land Anniversary Award, Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Single Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Comedy Or Drama Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
MoviesFirst Sunday, Big Shots, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Something About Amelia, Some Kind of Hero, Children of Divorce, Coming Home, Heroes, The Sky Is Gray, Arly Hanks, Fly Away Home
TV ShowsNorth and South, Brewster Place, The Women of Brewster Place, Report to Murphy, Szysznyk, Roots, Backstairs at the White House

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1Retired from acting in 1995. Came out of retirement to appear in "First Sunday" (2008).
2Is the very first African American actress to win an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie.
3Ms. Cole is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.




Be Good, Be Nice2011ShortYoung Girl
First Sunday2008Momma T
Murder, She Wrote1985-1995TV SeriesYvette Dauphin / Melinda Coop / Callie Coleman
Christy1995TV SeriesEsther Scott
Arly Hanks1993TV MovieEstelle
L.A. Law1989-1993TV SeriesJudge Julie McFarlane
Brewster Place1990TV SeriesMiss Sophie
The Women of Brewster Place1989TV SeriesMiss Sophie
The Fig Tree1987TV Movie
Big Shots1987Mrs. Newton
North and South1985TV Mini-SeriesMaum Sally
American Playhouse1985TV SeriesElizabeth
Something About Amelia1984TV MovieRuth Walters
Go Tell It on the Mountain1984Elizabeth
Report to Murphy1982TV SeriesBlanche
Some Kind of Hero1982Jesse
Mistress of Paradise1981TV MovieVictorine
Fly Away Home1981TV MovieSarah Brookford
The Sky Is Gray1980TV MovieOctavia
Children of Divorce1980TV MovieBetty Williams
The Lazarus Syndrome1979TV SeriesPamela Quinn
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesMaggie Rogers
Insight1979TV SeriesKaren Clay
Family1978TV SeriesFrances Rossmore
Coming Home1978Corrine
Szysznyk1977-1978TV SeriesMs. Harrison
Heroes1977Jane Adcox
Rafferty1977TV SeriesSara Radley
Roots1977TV Mini-SeriesMathilda
Police Woman1975TV SeriesDr. Dorothy Bailey / Dr. Georgia Kimberly
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesDeborah Mehren (1969-1971)


Roots Remembered2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Winner (30th Anniversary)
Betjeman and Me: Griff Rhys Jones2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The Television Annual: 1978/19791979TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Special Award to Roots

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Jeopardy!2010TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2007Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsRoots (1977)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama SeriesRoots (1977)

Nominated Awards

1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialBackstairs at the White House (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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