Who is Lynn Hamilton? Wiki Bio

Lynn Hamilton was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi USA, on 25 April 1930 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. Lynn is a former actress, perhaps still best known for her portrayal of the supporting character Donna Harris in the comedy series “Sanford and Son” which aired from 1972 to 1977 and which starred Redd Foxx, Demond Wilsom, and LaWanda Page. The series is about a junk dealer and his son, and was very popular as it won four awards including one Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 12 other awards.

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Childhood and education

Lynn was raised alongside her older brother Edward Johnson by their mother Nancy who was a housewife, and their father Louis Hamilton who owned a small store.

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When Lynn was 12, the family moved to Chicago Heights in Illinois. She studied at Bloom High School where she became interested in acting, appearing in school plays, and upon matriculation in 1948, she enrolled at Goodman Theatre where she studied acting. Upon graduation, she began appearing in plays at a local theatre, before she began acting in Broadway plays such as “Only in America” in 1959, among several others.

Roles in movies

Lynn made her debut film appearance in 1958 when she portrayed The Girl at a Party in the romantic drama “Shadows”, directed and written by John Cassavetes and which starred Ben Carruthers and Lelia Goldoni; it follows friendships and relationships between black and white people, and won two awards while it was nominated for five others, including three BAFTAs.

Lynn went on to make an uncredited appearance as Miss Thompson in the short movie “The New Girl” in 1960, while her next role in a film came 11 years later, when she played Sarah in the science fiction drama movie “Brother John” in 1971, which starred Sidney Poitier and Will Geer, and in the same year she portrayed Aris in the drama movie “The Seven Minutes” which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

In 1972 Lynn appeared as Sarah in the western adventure drama movie “Buck and the Preacher”, and as Aunt Ida in the biographical drama musical “Lady Sings the Blues” which was a huge success, winning five awards while it was nominated for eight others including five Oscars.

The following year saw her portray Arless Humes in the crime drama film “The Marcus-Nelson Murders” which won three awards including two Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for four others, and she also played Sarah Douglas in the drama film “A Dream for Christmas”. In 1974, she was Mrs Ramsey in the action drama movie “Hangup”, which starred William Elliott and Cliff Potts, and which follows a cop who falls in love with an addict. Two years later, Lynn appeared in the biographical drama musical “Leadbelly”, about the life of blues singer Huddie Leadbetter.

Lynn focused on starring in series during the following years, before she appeared as Mamma Solomon in the biographical drama history film “The Jesse Owens Story” in 1984, about the star US black athlete who won gold four times at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 (in front of a rather upset Adolph Hitler), and which won a Primetime Emmy Award while it was nominated for two other awards.

In 1986, Lynn played Doreen in the romantic comedy crime film “Legal Eagles” which was directed and written by Ivan Reitman and won Mike Chapman and Holly Knight an ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures. Two years later, Lynn portrayed Hattie in the critically acclaimed biographical drama movie “Elvis and Me”, which is four hours long and which won Russell Smith a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special. Her next appearance in a movie was in 1993, when she played Miss Carmichael in the mystery horror drama “The Vanishing”, and then Verdie Grant in the drama family movie “A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion”, which starred Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite and Michael Learned, and which was nominated for a single award.

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Lynn’s final role in a film before retirement was in 2003, when she portrayed the lead character Dr. Oberholser in the mystery horror crime film “Baby’s Breath”, written and directed by Matthew Krause and which also starred Steven Holmstrom and Greg Yoder.

Roles in TV series

Lynn made her debut TV series appearance in 1969, as Mrs Harris in the episode “Triple Date” of the family comedy drama series “Room 222”, which starred Lloyd Haynes and Denise Nicholas and was a huge success, winning five awards and being nominated for 15 others including seven Golden Globes. In the same year, Lynn appeared in single episodes of several other series, such as the adventure drama “Then Came Bronson”, the action crime drama “Mannix”, and the western series “Gunsmoke”.

The year 1970 saw Lynn play Mrs Carter in the comedy series “The Bill Cosby Show”, which was nominated for four Primetime Emmys, and Beatrice in the episode “God Bless the Children” of the drama series “The Psychiatrist”. The following years saw her appear in a single episode of “Longstreet”, two episodes of “Ironside”, and a single episode of “Hawaii Five-O”, while some of the roles which followed were in series “Circle of Fear”, “Barnaby Jones”, and “The Young and the Restless”. In 1974, Lynn played Mrs Edwards in the episode “The Gang: Part 2” of the comedy series “Good Times” followed by her appearance in the episode “Captain Dobey, You’re Dead” of the action crime drama series “Starsky and Hutch”.

In 1979 Lynn appeared in four episodes of the biographical drama history mini-series “Roots: The Next Generations”, which was a success in winning three awards and nominated for seven others including a Golden Globe.

Lynn played Verdie Grant Foster in 17 episodes of the critically acclaimed romantic family series “The Waltons”, which starred Jon Walmsley and Mary Beth McDonough and which was a huge success, as it won 18 awards including two Golden Globes while it was nominated for 57 others during its nine-year run which ended in 1981. She went on to guest star in single episodes of several series, such as “The Powers of Matthew Star” and “Knight Rider” while she also appeared in three episodes of “Insight” and two episodes of “Quincy M.E.”.

In 1984, Lynn played Mrs. Ellis in the episode “The Hero Who Couldn’t Read” of the series “ABC Afterschool Specials” as well as Maddie Washington in the series “Rituals”, followed by her guest appearances in the action crime drama series “Riptide”, the drama fantasy series “Highway to Heaven”, and the comedy family series “Webster”.

The following years saw Lynn guest star in single episodes of series “The New Leave It to Beaver”, “Amen”, and “Hunter” while her next notable performance was from 1986 to 1989, when she appeared in five episodes of the comedy series “227”. In 1989, she began portraying Vivian Potter in the drama series “Generations” appearing in 132 episodes through 1991.

In 1991-92 Lynn starred as Cissie Johnson in 52 episodes of the long-running comedy crime drama series “Dangerous Women”, which also starred Katherine Justice and Valerie Wildman, and which is about six women who are all ex-convicts.

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The following years saw her guest star in single episodes of over 10 series, while some of her final roles in TV series before retirement were in the episode “Krazee-Eyez Killa” of the comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2002, the episode “Sins of the Father” of the drama series “Judging Amy” in 2004, and the episode “Libertyville” of the mystery crime drama series “Cold Case” in 2009.

Love life and husband Frank Jenkins

Lynn met Frank Jenkins in 1962 when they were cast to appear in the same TV series, and two years later in November 1964 they married in a small ceremony attended by only their close friends and family. Several years after the wedding, Lynn gave birth to their daughter; after 50 years of being married, Lynn and Frank’s marriage ended when he died in 2014.

Frank Jenkins was born in Seattle, Washington USA on 11 April 1925 and was an actor and a playwright. Frank made only three notable appearances – he portrayed Hal in the crime drama movie “Acceptable Risks” in 1986, three characters in three episodes of the series “227”, and played Dr. Abbott in the comedy series “A Different World” in 1989. He died at his home in Los Angeles, California from a heart attack on 28 August 2014.

Hobbies and other interests

Lynn has been keen on listening to jazz and blues music since she was a teenager, and some of her favorite performers are Muddy Waters, B. B. King, and John Lee Hooker among others.

She has been doing charity work since the launch of her acting career ,and has mostly been focused on helping organizations working with underprivileged children and old people. She is a lover of animals and has had many pet dogs and cats, while her favorite animals are horses. Lynn enjoys going to a local theatre and watching both old and new plays.

She has seen numerous movies, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Elvis Presley, Gene Tierney and Greta Garbo, while some of her favorite movies are “One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest”, “Ninotchka”, and “Grand Hotel”.

Appearance and net worth

Lynn is 90 years old. She has medium long black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and she weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of May 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $1 million.

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