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Capers, Virginia (1925–2004)

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CAPERS, VIRGINIA (1925–2004). Actress. She was born in Sumpter, South Carolina , and attended Howard University in Washington , D.C. , before studying voice at Juilliard in New York City . She first sang with bandleader Abe Lyman, appearing on his radio show and on-the-road tours. She appeared on Broadway in the late 1950s in the productions of Jamaica and Saratoga , and she earned a Tony Award for her role as matriarch Lena Younger in the 1974 musical Raisin . She was a founding member of the Lafayette Players in Los Angeles . On television, she guest appeared in the series Daniel Boone, Mannix, Knots Landing, ER, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , and The Hughleys . Her film roles include Lady Sings the Blues , 1972; Five on the Black Hand Side , 1973; and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , 1986.

Filmography: House of Women , 1962; Ride to Hangman’s Tree , 1967; The Lost Man , 1969; The Great White Hope , 1970; Norwood , 1970; Support Your Local Gunfighter , 1971; Big Jake , 1971; Lady Sings the Blues , 1972; Trouble Man , 1972; The World’s Greatest Athlete , 1973; Five on the Black Hand Side , 1973; White Mama , 1980; The Toy , 1982; Bayou Romance , 1982; Teachers , 1984; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling , 1986; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , 1986; Howard the Duck , 1986; Off the Mark , 1986; Backfire , 1987; Pacific Palisades , 1990; What’s Love Got to Do with It? , 1993; Beethoven’s 2nd , 1993; The Feminine Touch , 1994; Everybody Can Float , 1995; Bad City Blues , 1999; Move , 2002

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