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Shirley Hemphill (1947–1999)

Shirley Hemphill was born on July 1, 1947 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA as Shirley Ann Hemphill. She was an actress, known for What's Happening!! (1976), What's Happening Now! (1985) and Martin (1992). She died on December 10, 1999 in West Covina, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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What's Happening!! Shirley Wilson
What's Happening Now! Shirley Wilson
Martin Sister Claus
The Love Boat Charlene Grover


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 1999 Linc's (TV Series)
 1997 Pauly (TV Series)
 1996 Shoot the Moon
 1996 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
- Hearts and Flowers (1996) ... Coco
 1994 Martin (TV Series)
Sister Claus
- Go Tell It on the Martin (1994) ... Sister Claus
 1993 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
- I Coulda' Been the Man (1993) ... Mamie
 1993 CB4
 1985-1988 What's Happening Now! (TV Series)
Shirley Wilson
- Adventures of Kangaroo Kincaide (1988) ... Shirley Wilson
- Members Only (1988) ... Shirley Wilson
- Man in Motion (1988) ... Shirley Wilson
- Shirley's Debt (1988) ... Shirley Wilson
- The Fabulous Fortunes (1988) ... Shirley Wilson
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
- Sax Education (1984) ... Shopkeeper
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
- Fat Chance (1983) ... Lacy
 1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Charlene Grover
 1980 One in a Million (TV Series)
Shirley Simmons
- The Italian Connection (1980) ... Shirley Simmons
- The Committee (1980) ... Shirley Simmons
- Over the Hill (1980) ... Shirley Simmons
- Max Falls in Love (1980) ... Shirley Simmons
- Cushing Quits (1980) ... Shirley Simmons
 1976-1979 What's Happening!! (TV Series)
Shirley Wilson
- The Benefit Show (1979) ... Shirley Wilson
- Dwayne's Debate (1979) ... Shirley Wilson
- First Class Coach (1979) ... Shirley Wilson (credit only)
- The Last Page (1979) ... Shirley Wilson
- The Thomas Treasure (1979) ... Shirley Wilson
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
- Rich Is Better Than Poor... Maybe (1976) ... Rozzie
 1976 All's Fair (TV Series)
Big O
- The Gang Leader (1976) ... Big O
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The Monday after Hemphill died, Rosie O'Donnell praised her on her show. She stated that Shirley was the first celebrity she met when she first began stand-up comedy and credits Shirley with helping her land her first paying job, by telling the managers to put Rosie on stage, at a club where Shirley was also performing. Rosie also did a small dedication to Shirley on her show. See more »

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