Luminary Actress Mary Alice of 'A Different World' and 'Sparkle' Dies



Legendary actress of the stage and screen, Mary Alice who is best known for her roles as Leticia "Lettie" Bostic on NBC's A Different World and as Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle, died Wednesday in New York City, according to the NYPD.

Her age is disputed as her birth year has been reported as both 1936 and 1941. 

Born Mary Alice Smith in Indianola, Mississippi-she pursued acting at an early age. She then went on to be an elementary school teacher before returning to acting in the 1960s in community theater where she was featured in productions for at least two decades, according to Variety.... Read more


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