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Nicholas, Denise (1946–)

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NICHOLAS, DENISE (1946–). Actress, writer. She received her B. A. degree from the University of Michigan, then studied acting with Paul Mann and dance with Louis Johnson. She is a seasoned actress on stage, film, and television with a long list of cast credits dating back to the 1960s. Her first off Broadway appearance was in the 1966 revue Viet Rock . She was also in the productions of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men , and Dame Lorraine . She was a member of the famed Negro Ensemble Company, and also active with the New Federal Theater, and the Free Southern Theater in Mississippi and Louisiana. She first became well known as Liz McIntyre, a high school teacher on the television series Room 222 . Other TV credits include Police Story, Baby, I’m Back, Magnum P. I. , and In the Heat of the Night , a show in which she was also a writer. Nicholas received two L. A. Emmy Awards for the local television special Voices of Our People . She has received five NAACP Image Awards and appeared in several telefilms, including Ring of Passion , 1978, and The Children Shall Lead , 1985. She has toured with the stage productions of In White America, Purlie Victorious, Waiting for Godot , and Three Boards and a Passion . Her feature film debut was in Blackula , 1972. Nicholas is the former wife of director Gil Moses, then soul singer Bill Withers, and is now married to CBS sportscaster Jim Hill.

Filmography: Blackula , 1972; The Soul of Nigger Charley , 1973; Mr. Rocco , 1975; Let’s Do It Again , 1995; A Piece of the Action , 1977; Capricorn One , 1978; Sophisticated Gents , 1981; Marvin & Tige , 1983; Ghost Dad , 1990; Ritual , 2000.

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