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Theresa Merritt
Birth: Sep. 24, 1924
Death: Jun. 12, 1998

Television, stage actress and Tony Award nominee (1985 for performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") who is best remembered for portraying the role of Eloise "Mama" Curtis on the 1970s comedy "That's My Mama" (1974-1975). She also had various notable TV and movie guest appearances. Theresa Merritt was born in Emporia, Virginia and was a member of the Helen Way Singers in the 1950s, a group who did session singing, most notably "Early In the Morning" for Buddy Holly in 1958. She was also once a backup singer for Harry Belafonte. Merrit's other credits included "The Goodbye Girl," "All That Jazz," and as Aunt Em in the misguided film "The Wiz" in 1979. She married Benjamin Hines in 1945 and the couple had 4 children. (bio by: Curtis Jackson) 

Cause of death: Skin cancer
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Kew Gardens
Queens County
New York, USA
Plot: Section K - Memorial Park, Lot 242, Unit A, Grave 2
 
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Record added: May 17, 2001
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Theresa Merritt
Added by: Curtis Jackson
 
Theresa Merritt
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- DENA ANN
 Added: Sep. 24, 2014
Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for all of the wonderful talent you gave the world, you are truly missed! Bright Blessings, William
- william bondar
 Added: Sep. 24, 2014

- Shock
 Added: Sep. 24, 2014
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