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Jackie Richardson
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Jackie Richardson, February 2012
Background information
Born (1947-01-04) January 4, 1947 (age 76)
Donora, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1963–present
Associated acts The Tiaras

Jackie Richardson CM (born January 4, 1947) is a Canadian singer and actress. Richardson is known for her screen roles in Turning to Stone, The Gospel According to the Blues, The Doodlebops, and Sins of the Father. She is also known for her appearance on the YTV show Catwalk where she played the grandmother to Atlas (Christopher Lee Clements).

Early life

Richardson was born in Donora, Pennsylvania in 1947, and is of African-American descent. In 1954, Richardson moved with her family to Toronto.


Richardson was a member of 1960s Toronto-based girl group The Tiaras along with Brenda Russell, Arlene Trotman, and Colina Phillips.

Richardson is a three-time nominee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini Award, and won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Gospel According to the Blues. In 2003 she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for Sins of the Father. Richardson is also a noted stage performer, winning a Dora Award in 2004 for the musical Cookin' at the Cookery. Other high-profile projects include Milk and Honey, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Hey Lady! and 3 Men and a Baby.

The musical Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story was conceived of and written by Audrei-Kairen Kotaska for Richardson, who starred in the production first in 1999 and then again in 2012.

In 2017, Richardson won the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for her theater and music achievements.

Personal life

Her daughter, Kim Richardson, is also a singer.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Three Men and a Baby Edna
1987 Taking Care Carol
1988 Switching Channels Abigail
1988 Dreams Beyond Memory Nurse
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Madam
1996 Harriet the Spy Janie's Mother
1996 Maximum Risk Large Woman
1996 Extreme Measures Triphase Nurse
1997 Critical Care Mrs. Steckler
1999 Woman Wanted Lydia
1999 The Wishing Tree Marianne Brooks
2001 On Their Knees Mother
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Martha


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Turning to Stone Dunky Television film
1986 John Grin's Christmas Mrs. Alcott
1987 Nightstick Woman Singing
1987, 1992 Street Legal Evelyn Fischer / Joanne 2 episodes
1988 War of the Worlds Blanche Episode: "A Multitude of Idols"
1988 T. and T. Aunt Martha Robinson 26 episodes
1989 Glory! Glory! Bessie Television film
1989 Friday the 13th: The Series Frances Episode: "Hate on Your Dial"
1989 Katts and Dog Mrs. Chan Episode: "Double Exposure"
1990 Kaleidoscope Social Worker Television film
1990 E.N.G. Jenny Episode: "Striking Out"
1991 The Hidden Room Black Woman Episode: "Taking Back the Night"
1991 In the Nick of Time Nurse Television film
1992 The Broken Cord Black Mother
1992 Quiet Killer Pauline Styles
1992 Forever Knight Blood Bank Nurse Episode: "Dark Knight"
1992–1993 Catwalk Aunt Ellen 9 episodes
1994 RoboCop Bea 3 episodes
1994 Getting Gotti Juror No. 1 Television film
1994 Harlequin: Another Woman Anna
1994 Due South Receptionist Episode: "A Cop, a Mountie, and a Baby"
1994, 1997 The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon Various roles 2 episodes
1995 Degree of Guilt Mrs. Velez Television film
1996 Lives of Girls & Women Baptist Singer
1996 Road to Avonlea Megget Lydie Episode: "Return to Me"
1996 Mr. and Mrs. Loving Mama Jeter Television film
1996 Her Desperate Choice Frances
1996 Under the Piano Mrs. Syms
1996 Traders Principal Episode: "High Flyer Down"
1997 Fast Track Gospel Singer #1 Episode: "Lap of Faith"
1997 Color of Justice Judge Winslow Television film
1998 More Tales of the City Emma 3 episodes
1998 Free of Eden Ela Television film
1998 The Famous Jett Jackson Mrs. Darden Episode: "Who's the Man"
1998 Mr. Music Rhonda Grace Television film
1999 The Love Letter Ella
1999 Dangerous Evidence:

The Lori Jackson Story

Aunt Lily
1999 Happy Face Murders Judge Hoyle
1999 A Holiday Romance Bea Buskins
2000 Enslavement: The True

Story of Fanny Kemble

2000 Cheaters Mrs. Fadely
2000 The Wonderful World of Disney Viney Episode: "The Miracle Worker"
2001 Bojangles Bedella Television film
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Mabel Jamal / Loretta 2 episodes
2001 Further Tales of the City Emma Ravenel 3 episodes
2001 They Call Me Sirr Grams Television film
2001, 2002 Doc Shawn's Grandma 2 episodes
2002 Sins of the Father Mama Jones Television film
2002 Street Time Cleo Episode: "No Excuses"
2002 Monk Wendy Maas Episode: "Mr. Monk and the

Red-Headed Stranger"

2002–2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Various roles 3 episodes
2003 Big Spender Sally McNeal Television film
2004 Soul Food Joan Episode: "In the Garden"
2005 This Is Wonderland Lucia Smith 2 episodes
2006–2007 The Doodlebops Jazzmin 39 episodes
2009–2011 Majority Rules! Mrs. DeMarco 14 episodes
2010 The Gospel According to the Blues Momma-Lou Television film
2010 Living in Your Car Althea Episode #1.6
2013 Cracked Woman Episode: "Voices"
2014 Dear Viola Rennie Jasper Television film
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Geraldine
2014 Working the Engels Mama Episode: "The Crazy Family"
2020 Hey Lady! Rosie 8 episodes
2020 Lockdown Luke's Grandma Miniseries
2020 Marry Me This Christmas Hazel Treadgold Television film
2021 Pretty Hard Cases Maureen Gray 4 episodes
2021 In the Dark Margie Episode: "Arcade Fire"
2021 Riverfront Romance Marianne Cooper Television film
2022 Overlord and the Underwoods Judge D. Redd Episode: "Do-over and Over and Over"
2022 Take Note Mable Episode: "Courage"
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