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Telma Hopkins

Telma Hopkins

Telma Hopkins plays Phyllis, Mona's mother who raised her as a single parent, in UPN's new comedy series HALF AND HALF.

Hopkins has enjoyed immeasurable success as an actress and singer. She first came into prominence as a founding member of Tony Orlando and Dawn. A string of hits, including the classic Tie a Yellow Ribbon, led to a successful variety show for the group and from there her acting career was born. Hopkins was a series regular on Bosom Buddies, with Tom Hanks, Gimme A Break, with Nell Carter, Family Matters with Jaleel White, and Getting By, with comedy vet Cindy Williams.

More recently, she has guest starred on Suddenly Susan, For Your Love, ER and Chicken Soup for the Soul, with Rod Steiger. In addition, she co-starred in two feature films, The Wood, for Paramount Pictures, and Rain, a Showtime independent film. She has also enjoyed recurring roles on UPN's The Hughleys, as Pauline, and on Any Day Now, as Judge Wilma Evers. Throughout her career, Hopkins has been actively involved with many organizations. In addition to being the spokesperson for both the National P.T.A. and Act On Arthritis, she has also worked on behalf of McClaren Hall, Rainbow Camp, Hollygrove Group Home and Caring for Babies with AIDS. For the past six years she has been a mentor, an endeavor that has brought as much good to her life as it has to the now 13-year-old boy she has mentored.

Hopkins lives in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Telma Hopkins Facts

BirthdayOctober 28, 1948 (75)
BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

Selected Filmography

The Love Guru
The Wood
There's Something About Mira
Family Matters: Season 4
Family Matters: Season 2
Family Matters: Season 3
Trancers: City of Lost Angels
Bosom Buddies: Season 2
Trancers 3 Blu Ray
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