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ANNA MARIA HORSFORD (Eileen) has charmed TV and movie audiences for years. She's seen daily by millions of TV viewers around the world as Thelma Frye on "Amen" and as Dee Baxter on "The Wayans Bros." Both shows continue to run in syndication. She was most recently on the BET original series "Reed Between The Lines." A recurring role on FX's Emmy winning series "The Shield" and a guest spot on ABC's new medical series "Grey's Anatomy" has kept her current with television audiences.

Anna has been admired on the big screen in the feature films Friday and Friday After Next: Christmas In The Hood, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, How High, The Klumps: Nutty Professor II, Along Came A Spider, Street Smart, One Fine Day, Once Upon A Timeā€¦ When We Were Colored, Mr. Jones, Presumed Innocent, Heartburn, St. Elmo's Fire, Louis Malle's Crackers and The Fan with Lauren Bacall.

Some of her most outstanding television work was done on CBS's "The District," Fox's "Bernie Mac Show," "The Lot," "Judging Amy," HBO's "Dancing In September," "The Widow's Kiss," BET's "Masquerade," and voices of the week that include "Murder Without Motive" with Cuba Gooding Jr., "Bill" co-starring with Mickey Rooney, "Stone Pillow" with Lucille Ball, the Emmy Award winning "Nobody's Child" in which she co-starred with Marlo Thomas.

Born and raised in Harlem, Anna Maria cannot remember a time when she wasn't acting. "I was always the loudest at church recitals and in school," she recalls. "I got my first laughs from an audience when I was four-years-old and my ballet slipper fell off during a dance recital at Carnage Hall." After attending New York City's renowned High School of the Performing Arts and the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, she was inspired by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman that she decided to move to Sweden.

Returning to the US, CBS' casting group greeted Anna and she joined the cast of the ever-popular soap "The Guiding Light" as Clara Jones. Concurrently, she was spending her evening on Broadway in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. Ironically her debut film, An Almost Perfect Affair, was also booked and shot at this same time.

After getting to know Anna Maria Horsford, and her energetic personality, one can easily understand how her planned five-minute reading with director Ed Weinberger turned into a one-hour dialogue, a move to Los Angeles and a five-year run on NBC's "Amen." That show opened the door for Anna Maria into America's living room!

With the versatility that she has - as an actress, a director and a human being - which allows her to go from comedy to drama... on stage, television, movie screens and in real life...Anna Maria Horsford continues to lead a very busy and productive life.


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