Bee Richards is an American actress, director, and playwright. Winner of two Emmy awards.
Family and childhood
On July 12, 1920, a girl was born in the southern US state of Mississippi, who was named Beula. The future actress was born into a family whose members bore the surname Richardson. The father of the family worked in the Protestant church as a priest. Beula's mother worked as a seamstress.
Beula grew up in a simple family, and there were no prerequisites for the fact that she would become an artist in the distant future. As a child, she did not attend acting classes, did not study choreography and stage speech with teachers. The girl graduated from high school and entered a private liberal arts university, which was located in New Orleans. After graduating, Beulah moved to New York.
Beula Richardson started acting when she was 35 years old. At a very young age, she played in one of the theaters an elderly woman who turned 80 years old. The funny thing is that the artist didn't even have to use makeup to transform into her heroine. She played so believable and convincing that the audience could believe that in front of them was not a young woman, but an old woman. The debut role was given to the aspiring actress easily. In the future, Beulah continued to play the roles of mothers and women at a venerable age.
Awards and awards
After 10 years of hard work, Bee Richards was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Amen's Corner. The theatrical production was directed by playwright James Arthur Baldwin. The Tony Awards annually since 1947 have nominated cultural figures who have achieved success in the field of American theater, most often for performances on Broadway. The award received its name in honor of the director and actress from the United States named Antoinette Perry. The award is presented by a community of around 700 entertainment workers.
Two years later, the actress was nominated for the world famous Oscar for her role in the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. In this comedy film, she played a character named Mrs. Prenty. The film was directed by the famous Stanley Kramer. In 2017, the film was honored to be placed on the National Film Register for Preservation at the Library of Congress. Cinema has been recognized as a historically significant cultural product.
In 1988, Beulah Richardson was honored with an Emmy for her performance in the television comedy series Frank's Place. The series included 22 episodes. Bee Richards played Mrs. Warden, a supporting character.
Two years later, the actress received another Emmy award for her participation in the drama series The Practice. This legal drama was directed by David Kelly. The series was shown on television from 1997 to 2004. A total of eight seasons have been released. The main theme of the motion picture was the conflict between generally accepted morality and legal ethics. Bule also got a supporting role in this series.
Beulah Richardson's popularity also grew thanks to the movie "A Stuffy Southern Night". This is a detective based on the book "Stuffy Night in Carolina" by John Ball by Canadian director Norman Frederick Jewison. The film premiered in 1967. The film is now considered a classic detective movie. In 2002, the film was listed on the US National Film Register. In 2007, the motion picture won the American Film Institute Award.
The work on the film "Great White Hope" became significant for Beula's career. The cinema raised the problem of racism, which was not yet completely eradicated from society in those years. The film was released in the United States in 1970. It was directed by Martin Ritt. Bee Richards played in the movie the mother of the heroine named Tina.
In 1998, another film was released with the participation of Bee Richards called "Favorite". This film was the adaptation of the novel of the same name by the writer Toni Morrison. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and produced and starred by Oprah Winfrey.
Popular on television were series with the participation of Bee Richards. The American detective series Murder, She Wrote became one of the longest-running and most successful dramas on television at the time. The television series was released in 1984 and continued to air until 1996. The project gained fame not only in the United States, but also in dozens of countries. The series won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy three times. The television series "Ambulance" was hugely popular. The first episode was released in 1994 and the last episode aired in 2009.
During her career, Bee Richards has played about forty movie roles.
Beula Richardson has only married once in her long life. Her husband was a black sculptor from the United States. The newlyweds were married for three years and then divorced.
A year before her death, Bee Richards was producing a documentary about her life. Bule did not manage to live to see the film's premiere. She died on September 14, 2000 of pulmonary emphysema. The actress at that time was 80 years old. Three years after the actress passed away, the film was released. The motion picture won the American Film Institute Award.