Suzzanne Douglas (born April 12, 1957) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson on The WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood, starring Robert Townsend which ran from 1995–1999. Douglas portrayed Amy Simms in the 1989 dance/drama film Tap alongside Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr; for which she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. In addition to Tap, Douglas has starred in several other motion pictures, among them How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Jason's Lyric (1994), The Inkwell (1994) as well as the 2003 Disney/ABC version of Sounder with Carl Lumbly. Douglas is also best known for her portrayal as Cissy Houston in the Lifetime TV movie Whitney in 2015. In 2019 she appeared as the mother of one of the main characters in When They See Us (Netflix), directed by Ava Duvernay, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro.
|Born||April 12, 1957|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Manhattan School of Music|
|Alma mater||Illinois State University|
|Known for||Jerri Peterson – The Parent 'Hood|
Amy Simms – Tap
Roy J. Cobb
|Awards||NAACP Image Award – (1989) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Tap)|
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Douglas was one of four children born to Lois Mae Thompson and Donald Douglas, Sr. Raised by a single mother, Douglas grew up in a public housing complex on the city's south side. Douglas became interested in the arts as a child, citing 1965's The Sound of Music as her inspiration for acting. Douglas attended Thornton Township High School, graduating in 1975. After high school, Douglas studied at Illinois State University; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her adult life, Douglas was a student in the Master’s Program in Jazz Vocals at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music; later earning a Master in Music degree.
Douglas has numerous television guest star appearances (most recently Bull, Bones and The Good Wife). Douglas has also appeared on The Parkers, The Cosby Show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, and Touched by an Angel. On stage, Douglas performed the role of Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera starring Sting and Dr. Bearing in Wit, where she was the first African American to perform the role. Douglas is an Award winning actress: a two time Image Award winner, a Black Oscar, a Reel Award and the Mary Martin Award which was awarded to Douglas by Mary Martin. Douglas appears in the Rel Dowdell film, Changing the Game in 2011.
Douglas has been married to neuro-radiologist Roy Jonathan Cobb since February 1989 and they have one daughter. Douglas is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority where she served on its board as the Honorary Co-Chair of the Commission on Arts and Letters for thirteen years. In the community, she is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda (a national leadership and honors organization) and Jack and Jill of America.
|1990||The Knife and Gun Club||Ginny Ducette||Television film|
|1992||Chain of Desire||Angie|
|1992||Condition: Critical||Dr. Bailey Wallace||Television film|
|1994||I'll Do Anything||Rainbow House Star|
|1994||The Inkwell||Brenda Tate|
|1994||Search for Grace||Margaret / Melody||Television film|
|1998||The Last Weekend||Short film|
|1998||How Stella Got Her Groove Back||Angela|
|1998||Alyson's Closet||Old Lady||Short film|
|1999||Student Affairs||Gretchin||Television film|
|2003||Sounder||The Mother||Television film|
|2003||School of Rock||Tomika's Mother|
|2004||Sunday on the Rocks||Jessica|
|2012||Changing the Game||Mrs. Davis|
|2015||Whitney||Cissy Houston||Television film|
|2016||Happy Yummy Chicken||Sarah Del Casserole|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Lorna Wells||Episode: "Vendetta"|
|1990||The Cosby Show||Rebecca Shorter||Episode: "Live and Learn"|
|1990–1991||Against the Law||Yvette Carruthers||17 episodes|
|1991||Great Performances||Lady In Plaid / The Girl||Episode: "The Colored Museum"|
|1991||ABC Afterschool Specials||Sammy||Episode: "In the Shadows of Love: A Teen AIDS Story"|
|1992||I'll Fly Away||Ruth||3 episodes|
|1993||American Playhouse||Eunice Perry||Episode: "Hallelujah"|
|1995–1999||The Parent 'Hood||Jerri Peterson||90 episodes|
|1996-1999||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Rebecca Dixon / Brianna||2 episodes|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Mrs. Torrence||Episode: "Where's 'Swaldo"|
|1997–1998||Promised Land||Dr. Rebecca Dixon||4 episodes|
|1999–2000||The Parkers||Constance McFarland||2 episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Principal||Episode: "Secrets"|
|2004||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Karen Watkins||Episode: "Mad Hops"|
|2010||The Good Wife||Judge Keely Farmer||Episode: "Infamy"|
|2011||Are We There Yet?||Melissa||Episode: "The Parent Teacher Trap Episode"|
|2016||Bones||Elizabeth Burkhart||Episode: "The Monster in the Closet"|
|2016||Bull||Betty Everton||Episode: "Just Tell the Truth"|
|2019||When They See Us||Grace Cuffe||Miniseries|
- JET Magazine - People Are Talking About... - February 27, 1989
- "Suzzanne Douglas". The New York Times.
- Mendoza, M.F. (May 10, 1994). "No More 'Dodging Bullets' for Actress Suzzanne Douglas - FAST TRACK: Up and Comers in Arts and Entertainment; One in a Series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- "1974 Thornton Township High School Yearbook (Harvey, Illinois)". Classmates.com. 1974. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- Baltimore Times (Online) - An Interview with Suzzanne Douglas - January 13, 2017
- Randolph, Laura B. (October 1995). "How He (She) Proposed". Ebony Magazine. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- suzzannedouglasmusic.com SuzzanneDouglas.com