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Mabel King is a Actor American born on 25 december 1932 at Charleston (USA)

Mabel King

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Birth name Mabel Elizabeth Washington
Nationality USA
Birth 25 december 1932 at Charleston (USA)
Death 9 november 1999 (at 66 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Mabel King (born Mabel Elizabeth Washington December 25, 1932 - November 9, 1999) was an American film, stage, and television actress, and singer. She is best known for her role as Mabel "Mama" Thomas on the ABC sitcom What's Happening!! from its premiere on August 5, 1976 until the end of its second season on May 11, 1978.

Her next most-remembered role is that of Evillene the Witch, a role she originated in the stage musical The Wiz and reprised in Sidney Lumet's film adaptation.

Usually with

Rob Cohen
Rob Cohen
(3 films)
Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris
(1 films)
Bill Gunn
Bill Gunn
(1 films)
Carl Gottlieb
Carl Gottlieb
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Mabel King (9 films)

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Scrooged (1988)
, 1h41
Directed by Richard Donner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films, Films about television, Time travel films, Ghost films
Actors Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Robert Mitchum, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait
Roles Gramma
Rating69% 3.4989153.4989153.4989153.4989153.498915
Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a successful but cynical television programming executive for the IBC network headquartered in New York City. He has demanded the network put on a extravagant live production of A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve to seize the ratings opportunity, forcing the network's staff including his direct assistant Grace Cooley (Alfre Woodard) to work on the holiday. When some of his decisions are questioned, he fires timid yes-man Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait) on the spot. Frank's boss Preston Rhinelander (Robert Mitchum) takes the liberty of hiring an assistant for Frank, Brice Cummings (John Glover), who is transparently after Frank's job. Hours before the show is set to start, Frank is alone in his office when he is visited by the ghost of his mentor Lew Hayward (John Forsythe), who warns him of the errors of his ways and that three ghosts will visit him over the course of the night. Before he leaves, Lew causes Frank's phone to call Claire Phillips (Karen Allen), Frank's true love who he had foregone when he became a television executive. Claire comes to visit Frank, but finds him too busy with preparations for the show, though leaves him the address of the homeless shelter that she helps out at.
The Gong Show Movie, 1h29
Directed by Chuck Barris
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Danny DeVito, Chuck Barris, Mabel King, Jamie Farr, Patrick Cranshaw, Rip Taylor
Roles Mabel
Rating43% 2.170072.170072.170072.170072.17007
The film shows a fictional week in the life of Chuck Barris as the host and creator of The Gong Show, through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown (which compels him to run away and hide in the desert) and other comic hijinks in his life and work on the TV show. Among the highlights included a group of men dressed as a Roman Catholic priest and three nuns lip-synching Tom Lehrer's song "The Vatican Rag", a man blowing out a candle with flatulence, and the uncensored version of Jaye P. Morgan's infamous breast-baring incident.
The Jerk
The Jerk (1979)
, 1h44
Directed by Carl Reiner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh, Jackie Mason, Dick O'Neill, Mabel King
Roles Mother
Rating71% 3.5988853.5988853.5988853.5988853.598885
Navin R. Johnson, a homeless man, directly addresses the camera and tells his story. He is the adopted white son of African American sharecroppers, who grows to adulthood naïvely unaware of his obvious adoption. He stands out in his family not just because of his skin color but because of his utter lack of rhythm when his adopted family plays spirited blues music. One night, he hears the staid and starchy Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra song called "Crazy Rhythm" on the radio and his feet spontaneously begin to move with the urge to dance; he sees this as a calling and decides to hitchhike to St. Louis, from where the song was broadcast. On the way, he stops at a motel, where a dog wakes him up by barking at his door. Navin thinks the dog is trying to warn of a fire and names the dog "Lifesaver". He wakes up the other hotel guests to rescue them, but when everyone realizes it was a false alarm, one Asian man angrily suggests he call the dog "Shithead", which Navin takes literally.
The Wiz
The Wiz (1978)
, 2h14
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Météorologie, Monde imaginaire, Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Le pays d'Oz, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Children's films
Actors Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt
Roles Evillene
Rating54% 2.7028252.7028252.7028252.7028252.702825
A Thanksgiving dinner brings a host of family together in a Harlem apartment, where a shy 24-year-old schoolteacher named Dorothy Gale (Diana Ross) lives with her Aunt Em (Theresa Merritt) and Uncle Henry (Stanley Greene). Extremely introverted, she has, as Aunt Em teases her, never been south of 125th Street, and refuses to move out and on with her life.
Scott Joplin, 1h36
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Origin USA
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Billy Dee Williams, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery, Seymour Cassel, Godfrey Cambridge, Art Carney
Roles Madam Amy
Rating66% 3.3361153.3361153.3361153.3361153.336115
In the late 19th century, Scott Joplin, a young African-American musician, moves to Missouri and to make ends meet finds a job as a piano teacher. He befriends Louis Chauvin, who plays piano in a brothel.
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, 1h50
Directed by John Badham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Transport films, Baseball films, Musical films, Road movies
Actors Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Stan Shaw, Tony Burton, Richard Pryor, Alvin Childress
Roles Bertha Dewitt
Rating68% 3.445143.445143.445143.445143.44514
Tired of being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. One of the opposing players, 'Esquire' Joe Calloway (Stan Shaw), is so good that they recruit him.
Don't Play Us Cheap, 1h40
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Mabel King, Esther Elizabeth Rolle
Rating43% 2.160322.160322.160322.160322.16032
Trinity and Brother Dave are a pair of devil-bats looking for a party to break up. They come across a party in Harlem. Although Trinity is eager, Dave warns him not to touch it. "When black folks throw a party, they don't play!" Trinity joins the party, already in progress, thrown by Miss Maybell in honor of her niece Earnestine's birthday.
Ganja & Hess, 1h50
Directed by Bill Gunn
Genres Drama, Action, Horror
Themes Vampires in film
Actors Marlene Clark, Duane Jones, Bill Gunn, Leonard Jackson, Mabel King
Roles Queen of Myrthia
Rating61% 3.094723.094723.094723.094723.09472
The film follows Dr. Hess Green (Duane Jones), a wealthy black anthropologist who is doing research on the Myrthians, an ancient African nation of blood drinkers. One night, while staying in Green's lavish mansion --richly decorated with African art--, Green's unstable assistant George Meda (writer/director Gunn), attempts suicide. Green successfully talks him down, but later that night Meda attacks and stabs Green with a Myrthian ceremonial dagger, and then kills himself. Green, discovering the body, drinks Meda's blood and becomes a vampire endowed with immortality and a need for fresh blood. Though he steals several bags of blood from a doctor's office, he quickly finds that he needs fresh victims.