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
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 Time… When We Were Colored, Mr. Jones, Presumed Innocent,
Heartburn, St. Elmo's Fire, Louis Malle's Crackers and The Fan with Lauren
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