Suzzanne Douglass, the acclaimed actress known for playing the matriarch on popular WB sitcom The Parent'Hood, has died at age 64. Douglass also appeared in films such as TAPS, Jason's Lyric and The Inkwell. No cause of death has been published at this time.
Angie Tee, reportedly Douglass' cousin, shared via Facebook that the actress died on July 6.
“Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today. She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin.
“I can remember growing up, there weren’t very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in “Tap” starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” The Inkwell, Jason’s Lyric and so much more the list goes on. The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane you will be missed RIP”
Born in Chicago, Douglass earned a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University before attaining a Master in Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
For her lead role in Tap in 1989, Douglas won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Douglass also appeared in acclaimed films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and in the Emmy-nominated Netflix mini-series When They See Us. In 2015, she portrayed Cissy Houston in the Lifetime biopic Whitney.
Regal https://t.co/OfaRbhDsDn— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 7, 2021
Suzzanne Douglas was a quiet, elegant force as we made WHEN THEY SEE US. A gentlewoman. A gem of a lady. A confident, caring actor who breathed life into the words and made them shimmer. I’m grateful that our paths in this life crossed. May she journey on in peace and love. pic.twitter.com/1ZhaucGEiK— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 7, 2021
Our last taping 😩😭 pic.twitter.com/Sr2uLw9cuO— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) May 9, 2021
Sad news...actress @suzzannedouglas has passed away. Several of her family members confirm on Facebook that the longtime actress has passed away at the age of 64. Many remember her as @larenztate's mom and @joethemorton's wife in The Inkwell. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Q2bj8lg0Zv— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 7, 2021