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Hall, Irma P. (1937–)

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HALL, IRMA P. (1937–). Actress. She was born in Beaumont, Texas, and attended Briar Cliff College before transferring to Texas College while studying to become a language teacher. An interest in acting developed after she met actor director Raymond St. Jacques while she was working as a volunteer reporter for a Dallas newspaper. He hired her to do publicity for his film Book of Numbers , 1972, and also cast her in a small role after hearing her read some of her poetry while on the set. She went on to help form the Dallas Minority Regional Theater and made her stage debut in their production of Happy Endings . She retired from teaching in 1984. Moving to Chicago, Illinois, Hall stayed in the theater, appearing in many productions, including Member of the Wedding, Black Girl , and Gentle Fire , which earned her a local Chicago theater prize, the Joseph Jefferson Award. She landed guest-starring roles in television shows, such as Dallas, Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy , and The Bernie Mac Show , and appeared in many made for TV movies. Her breakthrough role came as Aunt T in A Family Thing , 1996, with James Earl Jones, and she won a Chicago Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Other film work includes roles in Backdraft , 1991; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , 1997; Beloved , 1998; and Ladykillers , 2004, with Tom Hanks. She won an NAACP Image Award for her performance in Soul Food , 1997.

Filmography: Book of Numbers , 1973; Split Image , 1982; On Valentine’s Day , 1986; Square Dance , 1987; They Still Call Me Bruce , 1987; Backdraft , 1991; Straight Talk , 1992; Babe , 1992; Mo’ Money , 1992; A Family Thing , 1996; Buddy , 1997; Nothing to Lose , 1997; Steel , 1997; Soul Food , 1997; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , 1997; The Love Letter , 1998; Beloved , 1998; Patch Adams , 1998; A Slipping Down Life , 1999; A Lesson Before Dying , 1999; Something to Sing About , 2000; Our America , 2002; Don’t Let Go , 2002; Bad Company , 2002; Ladykillers , 2004; Collateral , 2004.

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