Suzzanne Douglas


Suzzanne Douglas PhotoSuzzanne Douglas (born April 12, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film, television and stage actress, daughter of Lois Mae and Donald Douglas, Sr.

Douglas is best known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson in the television sitcom The Parent 'Hood, starring Robert Townsend. Douglas has starred in several motion pictures, among them Tap, where she co-starred with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr, How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett and Regina King, Jason's Lyric with Forest Whitakker, The Inkwell with Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as the Disney/ABC version of Sounder with Carl Lumbley.

She has numerous television guest star appearances, most recently The Good Wife. Douglas has also appeared on The Parkers, The Cosby Show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, and Touched by an Angel. On stage, Douglas performed the role of Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera starring Sting and Dr. Bearing in Wit, where she was the first African American to perform the role.

Douglas is an Award winning actress: a two time Image Award winner, a Black Oscar, a Reel Award and the Mary Martin Award which was awarded to Douglas by Mary Martin. Douglas will appear in the upcoming Rel Dowdell film, Changing the Game in 2011.

She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb, a radiologist, and has one daughter. She is currently attending Montclair State University.

Suzanne died on 7th July 2021.

    Film Appearances
  • Amy, Tap, TriStar, 1989
  • Angie, Chain of Desire, October Films, 1993
  • Brenda Tate, The Inkwell (also known as No Ordinary Summer), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Gloria Alexander, Jason's Lyric, Gramercy, 1994
  • Rainbow House star, I'll Do Anything, Columbia, 1994
  • Angela, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Old lady, Alyson's Closet, Trackstar Pictures/Eciruam Entertainment, 1998
  • The Last Weekend (short film), American Film Institute, 1998


    Stage Appearances
  • Understudy, Little Shop of Horrors, Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1982-1984
  • Understudy, The Tap Dance Kid, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City,1983-1984
  • Chiffon, Little Shop of Horrors, Orpheum Theatre, 1985-1986
  • Understudy, Into the Woods, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Playboy of the West Indies, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT,1988
  • Steffy, I Ought to Be in Pictures, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1991
  • Performed in various productions with the Denver Center Theatre Company,1986-87; also appeared in A--My Name Is Alice, Sophisticated Ladies, and The Threepenny Opera.


Suzzanne Douglas, an accomplished stage and screen actress who starred "Tap" and the television series "The Parent 'Hood," has died, her representative told CNN in a statement on Wednesday.

She was 64.
"The industry has lost a truly talented artist with the passing of Suzzanne Douglas," her publicist Penny Vizcarra said. "She touched everyone who knew her and was lovely in every sense of the word. The family appreciates your support and asks for their privacy during this difficult time.

No cause of death was shared.
Douglas, a Chicago native, had an enviable list of credits that included films like "Whitney," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" "School of Rock," and "The Inkwell."
On television -- in addition to her most well known role on "The Parent 'Hood" -- she'd appeared in shows like "Bones," "The Good Wife" and "NYPD Blue."
"Suzzanne Douglas was a quiet, elegant force as we made WHEN THEY SEE US," director Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter. "A gentlewoman. A gem of a lady. A confident, caring actor who breathed life into the words and made them shimmer. I'm grateful that our paths in this life crossed. May she journey on in peace and love."
Her "The Inkwell" co-star Jada Pinkett Smith remembered Douglas as "an elegant, gentle warm spirit."

"My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. May she rest in love," she wrote.

A well-regarded Broadway and theater performer, Douglas had credits that included "The Threepenny Opera," which she performed opposite Sting, "The Tap Dance Kid" and "Wit," according to her official biography.

"I'm so happy I got to tell you how much I loved your work," Oscar winner Viola Davis added on social media. "RIP Beautiful, talented, dancing, Queen."



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