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.

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