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Beah Richards Overview:

Character actress, Beah Richards, was born Beulah Richardson on Jul 12, 1920 in Vicksburg, MS. Richards died at the age of 80 on Sep 14, 2000 in Vicksburg, MS and was cremated and her ashes scattered across a Confederate Cemetery In Vicksburg MS.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Richards was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Supporting ActressGuess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)Mrs. PrenticeNominated
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Beah Richards Quotes:

Rose Scott: Sometin's ailin' you, Reeve.
Reeve Scott: No, Mama.
Rose Scott: Well, sometin's hasn't changed your mood since breakfast. Tell me.
Reeve Scott: Mama, you better dan anyo' dat radar dey had out in de Souf Pacific.
Rose Scott: I don' know nothin' 'bout radar, but I know when sometin's plaguin' ma chile.


Charlie Cotchipee: Idella, sometimes I think I oughta run away from home.
Idella Landy: I know, but you already tried that, honey.


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Beah Richards Facts
One of her poems, "Keep Climbing, Girls", has been turned into a picture book inspiring girls' power. Published 2006 by Simon & Schuster.

For her work on the legitimate stage, she was honored with the Paul Robeson Pioneer Award and was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.

Married for three years to an African-American sculptor.

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