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Armelia McQueen

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1952
Birth Location:
Southern Pines, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1952
Birth Location:
Southern Pines
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Biography

Actress Armelia McQueen was born on January 6, 1952 in Southern Pines, North Carolina to James and Kathleen McQueen. McQueen's parents divorced, and her mother married Robert Brown in New York. As a child, McQueen was raised in Brooklyn, New York where she performed in church plays. She attended P.S. 44 and P.S. 258 and graduated from New York City’s Central Commercial High School in 1969. Afterwards, McQueen briefly enrolled at the Fashion Industry School, where she majored in fashion design. In 1972, she attended the Herbert Berghoff Drama School.

McQueen’s acting career began when she was hired for a role in the production of, Hot & Cold Heroes. She was then hired in 1976 for the role of Tune Ann in the cult classic film Sparkle. Then, in 1978, she made her Broadway debut in the original production of, Ain’t Misbehavin’ ,appearing alongside Irene Cara, Ken Page and Nell Carter. She went on to win a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance and appeared in several Broadway productions, including Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Dance and Harrigan and Hart. She also appeared with the national touring companies of the following shows: South Pacific, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair. During the 1980s, McQueen made several appearances in various films, made-for-television movies and sitcoms including Mr. Belvedere, Frank’s Place, Action Jackson and No Holds Barred.

Later in 1990, she was featured as Whoopi Goldberg’s on screen sister when she starred in the film Ghost. McQueen continued her work throughout the 1990s by appearing in episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin and Living Single. She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Cable Ace Award for her role as Red Queen on the Disney Channel series, Adventures in Wonderland. Her other credits include Bulworth, All About the Andersons, JAG and That’s So Raven. McQueen currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Armelia McQueen was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 3, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Armelia McQueen's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Armelia McQueen lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Armelia McQueen describes her mother's family background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Armelia McQueen describes her stepfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Armelia McQueen talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Armelia McQueen remembers her family's move to Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Armelia McQueen lists her siblings and relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Armelia McQueen describes her upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Armelia McQueen describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Armelia McQueen recalls her neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Armelia McQueen remembers her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Armelia McQueen remembers segregation in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Armelia McQueen describes her friends from childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Armelia McQueen remembers her dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Armelia McQueen describes her early interest in singing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Armelia McQueen describes her introduction to acting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Armelia McQueen remembers the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Armelia McQueen recalls the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Armelia McQueen remembers the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Armelia McQueen remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Armelia McQueen describes her teacher, Earle Hyman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Armelia McQueen remembers her early professional acting roles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Armelia McQueen remembers touring with 'The Who's Tommy,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Armelia McQueen remembers touring with 'The Who's Tommy,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Armelia McQueen talks about the attitudes toward plus sized actresses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Armelia McQueen remembers her acting roles in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Armelia McQueen talks about supporting her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Armelia McQueen recalls travelling to Africa with the company of 'Hair'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Armelia McQueen remembers her experiences in Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Armelia McQueen reflects upon her travels in Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Armelia McQueen describes the reviews of 'Hair' in Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Armelia McQueen describes her experiences as an actor in Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Armelia McQueen remembers her return trip to the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Armelia McQueen remembers auditioning for 'Sparkle'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Armelia McQueen recalls her introduction to the Hollywood entertainment industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Armelia McQueen remembers filming 'Sparkle'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Armelia McQueen describes her career after 'Sparkle'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Armelia McQueen remembers the cast of 'Guys and Dolls'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Armelia McQueen remembers auditioning for 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Armelia McQueen remembers the cast of 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Armelia McQueen talks about 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Armelia McQueen describes the stars of 'Ain't Misbehavin',' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Armelia McQueen remembers the production of 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Armelia McQueen describes the characters in 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Armelia McQueen recalls the reunion of the original cast of 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Armelia McQueen recalls mounting 'Ain't Misbehavin'' in Paris, France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Armelia McQueen recalls the black community's response to 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Armelia McQueen describes her hopes for the black theater community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Armelia McQueen recalls moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Armelia McQueen describes the televised version of 'Ain't Misbehavin''
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Armelia McQueen talks about the changes in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Armelia McQueen describes her advice to aspiring entertainers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Armelia McQueen describes her advice to aspiring entertainers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Armelia McQueen describes her hopes for African American artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Armelia McQueen reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Armelia McQueen narrates her photographs