Worked as a first grade teacher at Anthony Chabot Elementary School in Oakland, California before becoming an actor.
Studied at the Judy Davis Voice Studio in Oakland.
Made her big screen debut in 1972.
Received the lifetime achievement award for her theatrical productivity by the Ensemble Theater in Houston.
Is a public advocate for the Lupus Foundation of America.
1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
Aisha — Daughter
San Francisco State University, San Franciso, California, United States (BA in Education, 1965); Phillips Graduate Institute of Southern California, Chatsworth, California, United States (MA in Psychology, 1993)