Mary Alice passed away at the age of 84. She was best known for her roles as Letitia “Lettie” Bostic in A Different World and Effie Williams in the film Sparkle in 1976.
That Huff Post writer Phil Lewis also confirmed the news. The cause of death is still unknown.
Mary Alice Smith performed on stage and in television and film. Not only has she been part of numerous theater productions at La Ma Ma Experimental Theatre Club in New York City, she also won a Tony award in 1987 for her role in the production Fences by August Wilson.
She has been nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role in the 1993 minseries I’ll Fly Away. She played Ellie Grant Hubbard on the latter show.
Between the first and second seasons, Lisa Bonet played Denise Huxtable in Gilbert Hall, which was overseen by Lettie (played by Jada Pinkett Smith).
In addition to acting in theater plays, she acted in several film movies.
Aside from appearing in the video game Enter the Matrix, Mary Alice played the Oracle in other Matrix media, including The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. She took over the role from actress Gloria Foster, who passed away in 2001 due to diabetes. Before her movie debut in 1974 in The Education of Sonny Carson, Mary Alice had already worked in television shows like Malcolm X, The Inkwell, and Down in the Delta.
In 2005, Mary Alice quit acting.
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