Actress Suzzanne Douglas, most known for her role 1990s sitcom The Parent ‘Hood has diied.
The news was first reported by Essence on Tuesday after Douglas’ cousin, Angie Tee, took to Facebook to announce her death. They wrote, “Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today. She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin.”
She continued, “I can remember growing up, there weren’t very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in ‘Tap’ starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back.’ The Inkwell, Jason’s Lyric and so much more the list goes on. The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane you will be missed RIP”
Douglas, a Chicago native, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University before earning her Master’s degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.
Her expansive career also included roles in The Inkwell, Jason’s Lyric, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Her role in Tap earned her an NAACP Image Award in 1989 for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 2015, Douglas played Cissy Houston, in Lifetime’s biopic, Whitney. In 2019, Douglas starred in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us on Netflix. She also made appearances on shows such as The Parkers, The Cosby Show, The Good Wife and Touched By An Angel.
Our thoughts are with Douglas’ family and loved ones during this time.