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Mariann Aalda

Actress | Director | Producer
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KNOWN FOR 
Talk to Me, Ginger! (2015) | 1st & Ten: The Championship (1986-1987) | Class Act (1992)
HEIGHT *
5' 7" (1.70m)
GUILDS *
AFTRA | SAG | AEA | SAG-AFTRA  Less
ETHNICITY *
Mixed | African American
HAIR *
Brown (Chin Length)
EYES *
Brown
WEIGHT *
140 lbs
PHYSIQUE *
Average
VOICE TYPE *
Soprano | Alto
ACCENTS *
Southern | Puerto Rican | Midwest | Jamaican | South African  Less
WORK HISTORY *
Voice Over | Film | Theater | Commercial | Television  Less
JOB TYPES *
Acting
CITIZENSHIP *
United States (with valid passport) (Authorized to work in United States)
UNPAID WORK *
Not willing to work unpaid
VANITY URL *
http://www.imdb.me/mariannaalda
* Starred info submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume (has not been verified by IMDb).

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Past Film & Video (6 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Past Television (22 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Talk to Me, Ginger!Talk to Me, Ginger! (TV Series) Ginger Peechee-Keane, Director, Executive Producer  Less 2015– 
  • Primary photo for The BlacklistThe Blacklist (TV Series) Mrs. Wempon / Risa Peña ( 2 episodes, 2013–2014 )  Less 2013–2014 2
  • Primary photo for Guiding LightGuiding Light (TV Series) Grace Battles (1990-1991)  Less 1952–2009
  • Primary photo for All of UsAll of Us (TV Series) Muriel ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006 1
  • Primary photo for The ParkersThe Parkers (TV Series) Hanna Foster ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for Veronica's ClosetVeronica's Closet (TV Series) Brian's Mother ( 1 episode, 2000 )  Less 2000 1
  • Primary photo for Sunset BeachSunset Beach (TV Series) Lena Hart ( 13 episodes, 1998–1999 )  Less 1998–1999 13
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  • Primary photo for Chicago HopeChicago Hope (TV Series) Woman ( 1 episode, 1998 )  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for The Wayans Bros.The Wayans Bros. (TV Series) Casting Director ( 1 episode, 1998 )  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for Captain Planet and the PlaneteersCaptain Planet and the Planeteers (TV Series) Salesgirl ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996 1
  • Primary photo for Grace Under FireGrace Under Fire (TV Series) Student ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996 1
  • Primary photo for The O.J. Simpson StoryThe O.J. Simpson Story (TV Movie) Eunice Simpson  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Family MattersFamily Matters (TV Series) Lois ( 1 episode, 1995 )  Less 1995 1
  • Primary photo for Models Inc.Models Inc. (TV Series) Janet Johnson ( 1 episode, 1994 )  Less 1994 1
  • Primary photo for The Royal FamilyThe Royal Family (TV Series) Elizabeth Royal Winston ( 15 episodes, 1991–1992 )  Less 1991–1992 15
    • The Big Stink (1992) Elizabeth Royal Winston  Less
    • Cocoa in Charge (1992) Elizabeth Royal Winston  Less
    • Mo' Money (May 13, 1992) Elizabeth Royal Winston  Less
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  • Primary photo for Designing WomenDesigning Women (TV Series) Lita Ford / Lita ( 2 episodes, 1989–1990 )  Less 1989–1990 2
  • Primary photo for The Robert Guillaume ShowThe Robert Guillaume Show (TV Series) Mrs. Peterson ( 1 episode, 1989 )  Less 1989 1
  • Primary photo for HoopermanHooperman (TV Series) Actress ( 1 episode, 1988 )  Less 1988 1
  • Primary photo for 1st & Ten1st & Ten (TV Series) Ellen Parker ( 9 episodes, 1986–1987 )  Less 1986–1987 9
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  • Primary photo for The Last PrecinctThe Last Precinct (TV Series) Angela Beauchamp ( 1 episode, 1986 )  Less 1986 1
    • Pilot (Jan 26, 1986) Angela Beauchamp  Less
  • Primary photo for What's Happening Now!What's Happening Now! (TV Series) Theresa ( 1 episode, 1985 )  Less 1985 1
  • Primary photo for The Edge of NightThe Edge of Night (TV Series) Didi Bannister ( 1 episode, 1984 )  Less 1984 1

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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

TelevisionCOMPANY/DIRECTOR
  • Talk to Me, Ginger! * – Ginger/ Series Lead SitMyAssDownComedy

Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

FORMAL EDUCATIONYEARCITY/STATE
  • Southern Illinois University * – B.S. Communications Carbondale, IL
  • Negro Ensemble Company * – Two Yr. Theater Training NYC
  • Acting/Scene Study/Script Interpretation *
  • Improv/Sketch/Standup *
SPECIAL TRAININGYEARCITY/STATE
  • Hypnosis Motivation Institute * – One Yr. Training - Certified Hypnotherapist Tarzana, CA

References (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

NAMEPHONE
  • Available on request *

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BIO
  • * A graduate of Southern Illinois University and New York’s famed Negro Ensemble Company theater training program where Robert Townsend and Laurence Fishburne were classmates, Mariann made her stage debut with the legendary Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in TAKE IT FROM THE TOP while honing her comedic skills with the NYC sketch troupe OFF-CENTRE THEATRE, which spawned John Leguizamo, and touring with the improv group THE PROPOSITION, which spawned Jane Curtin. However, it is Mariann's work in television for which she is most noted: an AFTERNOON TV Award for the long-running role of "DiDi Bannister" on the soap opera, EDGE OF NIGHT; series regular roles on THE ROYAL FAMILY as the daughter of Redd Foxx and Della Reese; three seasons on HBO's FIRST & 10 opposite O.J. Simpson as his beleaguered wife; Mo'Nique's arch-nemesis, "Hannah Foster" on THE PARKERS; the "tragically disfigured Lena Hart" on the soap opera SUNSET BEACH; host of DESIGNS FOR LIVING on USA, and recurring on DESIGNING WOMEN as "Lita Ford," the high-maintenance girlfriend of Meshach Taylor, with whom she re-teamed in the Kidd ‘n Play cult-comedy CLASS ACT as Kidd’s clueless mom...and of whom NY TIMES reviewer Janet Maslin said "...provided the film's funnier episodes."

    Developing her empty-nesting, "Little-Woman-Gone-Wild" stage character in the one-woman show, BLACK DON'T CRACK...BUT DON'T TRY AND SPREAD IT TOO THIN, she expanded on it with the sketch troupe 3 BLACQUE CHIX. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES hailed her performance as "...galvanic! ...a perkily libidinous Mary Tyler Moore," while LA WEEKLY proclaimed her "a hammily hilarious Donna Reed." As the relentlessly upbeat "Ginger Peechee-Keane," Mariann continues her intrepid navigation thru the minefields of mid-life in M.O.I.S.T.! -- the sex-istential musical-comedy celebrating the vibrancy, vitality and viability of the mature woman, which she co-wrote with Iona Morris and which had a successful nine-month run in LA, and her MIDLIFE MAYHEM & MISCELLANY blog on Salon.com -- all in the pursuit of putting a positive and humorous spin on aging...which she feels as a "calling."

    Cited by the California State Assembly and named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Los Angeles Dept. of Children's Services, Mariann has appeared on ABC's NIGHTLINE and written articles for THE LA TIMES and SOAP OPERA DIGEST on the impact media can have on at-risk youth. Also an activist in the prevention of HIV/AIDS, she was a contributor to Gil Robertson's anthology NOT IN MY FAMILY (http://www.thebody.com/content/whatis/art46676.html)about the toll AIDS has had on the African-American community and she and Iona are developing a sponsor-funded "Be Sexy...Be SAFE" initiative as an adjunct to M.O.I.S.T.!

    Now an empty-nester, herself, she's free to go wherever the work takes her: the legit stage; comedy clubs; and while based in Chicago, also working in New York & Los Angeles as a SAG/AFTRA local.
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