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Janet Angel MacLachlan

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actress
Film Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/27/1933
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actress
Film Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/27/1933
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Stage and film actress Janet Angel MacLachlan was born on August 8, 1933, in Harlem, New York; her mother, Iris South MacLachlan, and father, James MacLachlan, were both Jamaican born and members of the Church of the Illumination. Attending P.S. 170 and Julia Ward Junior High School, MacLachlan graduated from Julia Richmond High School in 1950, and earned her B.S. degree in psychology from Hunter College in 1955. While holding down clerical jobs MacLachlan studied acting at the Harlem YMCA, the Herbert Berghoff Acting Studio, and the Little Theatre of Harlem. Later, MacLachlan received additional training from The Actors Studio, Joanie Gerber Voiceovers, and Theatre East in Los Angeles.

In 1961, MacLachlan took Cicely Tyson’s place in The Blacks: A Clown Show by Jean Genet, and worked alongside James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., Maya Angelou, and Roscoe Lee Brown. In 1962, MacLachlan was cast in the parody Raising Hell in the Sun and became active in Actors Equity and The Committee for the Employment of Negro Performers. MacLachlan spent a year at Minneapolis’ Tyrone Guthrie Theater and acted in Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Festival before she signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1964. Starting with The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, MacLachlan appeared in over seventy-five television shows, including: I Spy (1967), The FBI (1966), Star Trek (1967), The Fugitive (1966), The Name of the Game (1969/70), The Rockford Files (1975), Good Times (1978), Archie Bunker’s Place (1980), Cagney and Lacey (1982/83), Amen (1988), Murder She Wrote (1985), Murder One (1986), Family Law (2000), and Alias (2002). MacLachlan’s television movies included: Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (1976), Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (1978), The Sophisticated Gents (1981), For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983), and The Tuskegee Airmen (1995). MacLachlan’s feature films included: Up Tight (1968), ...tick...tick...tick (1970), The Man (1972), Sounder (1972), Tightrope (1984) and Black Listed (2003).

Often cast as a judge, nurse, doctor, psychiatrist, teacher, or social worker, MacLachlan was also featured in the Emmy Award winning KCET-TV PBS production of Voices of Our People: In Celebration of Black Poetry. MacLachlan served as the grant committee chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while remaining a resident of Los Angeles.

Janet MacLachlan passed away on October 11, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her parents' disinterest in their Jamaican roots
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers family stories and an early childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes her father's experiences in the British Army during World War I
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers her mother's passing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her visits with family members
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers attending all-girls schools in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes her favorite childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her self-perception growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about attending dances as a teenager in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers being cast in a play at P.S. 170 in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her college ambitions as a high school student in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her interests and activities in junior high and high school in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her jobs after graduating from Julia Richman High School in New York, New York in 1950
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about forming friendships through the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about completing her degree at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers her early involvement with Little Theater at the Harlem YMCA in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers her social activities as a student at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan reflects upon her relationship with her mother while attending Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers her early theater involvement in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes her employment during and after her final year at Hunter College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan recalls working on Wall Street in New York, New York in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her mental health throughout her childhood and early adulthood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan reflects upon her home life growing up
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers traveling to Europe in 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan recalls her involvement with Jean Genet's 'The Blacks: A Clown Show' at St. Mark's Playhouse in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her concurrent understudy roles for 'Moon on a Rainbow Shawl' and 'The Blacks: A Clown Show' in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes the unconventional structure of 'The Blacks: A Clown Show'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers performing in 'The Blacks: A Clown Show' and 'Raising Hell in the Son' in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about being hired by the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes her disappointment in being cast in non-speaking roles at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers signing with Universal Studios Inc. in 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her parents' reaction to her acting career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her acting jobs with Universal Studios Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her career trajectory following her release from Universal Studios Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan explains her motivation for cutting her hair after being let go from Universal Studios Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her role in 'I Spy'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan remembers wardrobe challenges for her role in 'I Spy'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan reflects upon her impression of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about integration in her youth
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her involvement with political and professional organizations in the 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about traveling to East Germany in 1980
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her work for Communications Bridge Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan recalls her decision to leave Communications Bridge Institute and become sober
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about becoming sober and her organizational involvement in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her role in '...tick...tick...tick...'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about the productions of 'Sounder' and 'The Man'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her roles in 'The Man' and 'Sounder'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan reflects upon African American actresses' access to roles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan considers her favorite acting roles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about theater roles she wanted to play
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan considers projects and roles she would like to do
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her disappointment in the television industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about chairing the grants committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Janet Angel MacLachlan talks about her television preferences in relation to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' voting procedures
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Janet Angel MacLachlan considers the impact of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' voting system
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Janet Angel MacLachlan reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Janet Angel MacLachlan reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Janet Angel MacLachlan describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Janet Angel MacLachlan narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Janet Angel MacLachlan narrates her photographs, pt. 2