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Helen Dorothy Martin (July 23, 1909 – March 25, 2000) was an American actress of stage and television who is perhaps most well known for her role in the sitcom 227 as Marla Gibbs' neighbor Pearl.

Martin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Amanda Frankie (née Fox) and William Martin, a minister.

Martin was a Broadway character actress for many decades, debuting in Orson Welles' production of Native Son in 1941. She appeared in at least a dozen Broadway shows including Jean Genet's The Blacks, Raisin from 1973 to 1975, Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious (and later the musical version, which was called Purlie), The Amen Corner and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment. She was an original member of the American Negro Theater.

She first became famous later in life for her guest role as Wanda on the television series Good Times, and later as the wisecracking neighbor Pearl Shay on the television sitcom 227. She also played on the short-run sitcoms Baby, I'm Back (as mother in-law, Luzelle) and That's My Mama; as Loc Dog's grandma, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), the matronly grandmother Mama Doll in the 1998 film Bulworth, and the no-nonsense grandmother in the film Hollywood Shuffle. Helen Martin died of a heart attack on March 25, 2000.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Helen Dorothy Martin (July 23, 1909 – March 25, 2000) was an American actress of stage and television who is perhaps most well known for her role in the sitcom 227 as Marla Gibbs' neighbor Pearl.

Martin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Amanda Frankie (née Fox) and William Martin, a minister.

Martin was a Broadway character actress for many decades, debuting in Orson Welles' production of Native Son in 1941. She appeared in at least a dozen Broadway shows including Jean Genet's The Blacks, Raisin from 1973 to 1975, Ossie Davis' Purlie Victorious (and later the musical version, which was called Purlie), The Amen Corner and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment. She was an original member of the American Negro Theater.

She first became famous later in life for her guest role as Wanda on the television series Good Times, and later as the wisecracking neighbor Pearl Shay on the television sitcom 227. She also played on the short-run sitcoms Baby, I'm Back (as mother in-law, Luzelle) and That's My Mama; as Loc Dog's grandma, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), the matronly grandmother Mama Doll in the 1998 film Bulworth, and the no-nonsense grandmother in the film Hollywood Shuffle. Helen Martin died of a heart attack on March 25, 2000.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Helen Martin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 39

Birthday 1909-07-23

Day of Death 2000-03-25

Place of Birth St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2000 Something to Sing About as Elderly Woman
1998 Bulworth as Momma Doll
1997 Kiss the Girls as Nana Cross
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show (1 episode)
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood as Loc Dog's Grandma
1995 The Parent 'Hood (1 episode)
1995 The Wayans Bros. (1 episode)
1991 Doc Hollywood as Maddie, Welcoming Committee
1990 The Flash (1 episode) as Sadie Grosso
1990 Night Angel as Sadie
1989 A Raisin in the Sun as Mrs. Johnson
1987 Full House (1 episode) as Shirley
1987 Hollywood Shuffle as Bobby's Grandmother
1985 227 (116 episodes) as Pearl Shay
1984 The Bill (1 episode)
1984 Repo Man as Mrs. Parks
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (1 episode)
1982 St. Elsewhere (1 episode)
1982 T. J. Hooker (1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues (1 episode)
1980 The Stockard Channing Show (1 episode)
1979 Benson (1 episode)
1979 Dummy as Mrs. Harrod
1978 Lawman Without a Gun as Mrs. Cartwright
1978 The White Shadow (1 episode)
1978 Cindy as Flower Lady
1978 A Hero Ain't Nothin But a Sandwich as Mrs. Bell
1978 Baby, I'm Back (13 episodes)
1976 What's Happening!! (2 episodes)
1975 Starsky & Hutch (3 episodes)
1975 The Jeffersons (1 episode)
1974 That's My Mama (6 episodes)
1974 Good Times (8 episodes)
1972 Maude (2 episodes)
1972 Sanford and Son (4 episodes)
1969 J.T. as Mrs. Hill
1955 The Phenix City Story as Helen Ward

Writing

1945 The Lady Confesses Screenplay
1941 Invisible Ghost Story Screenplay

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