Bold & Beautiful
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Bold (1987-current) fans will be cheering on Maya’s (Karla Mosley) mom Vivienne Avant (Anna Maria Horsford) on Tuesday 30 August when she chooses her daughter’s happiness over her husband Julius’s (Obba Babatundé) pride during Maya’s wedding to Rick (Jacob Young). Playing strict but accepting Vivienne is worlds away from Anna’s iconic role as the deacon’s man-crazy, ditsy daughter Thelma Frye in the sitcom Amen (19861991) and Anna Maria’s personality!
The 68-year-old’s mom Lilian once 1
revealed, “Ever since Anna Maria was knee-high, she’d dress herself up and pretend she was something she wasn’t, like a fancy lady or anything else she could think of.”
Success didn’t come easily. Anna 2
Maria spent 10 years working as a receptionist for public broadcaster PBS soon after graduating from New York’s High School Of Performing Arts in 1964.
But her work at the station led to 3
the opportunity to produce the show Soul (1967-1973) and made her a recognised face behind-the-scenes, which eventually led to her being asked to audition for Amen.
She arrived at her audition to play 4
Amen’s Thelma dressed in a pink dressing gown and teddy bear slippers, carrying a gossip magazine.
Anna Maria says of Vivienne’s 5
story on Bold, “It’s a tough story but so basic: we really can’t judge our children – just like how our children can’t judge us, because nobody comes with an instruction book.”
She once told an interviewer that 6
there’s only one thing she’s afraid of: “Being on the cover of [tabloid] The Enquirer without my hair done because those people in Harlem will talk about you!” NB! See more on p27.