Pauletta Pearson Washington Bio - Biography

Name Pauletta Pearson Washington
Naionality American
Date of Birth 28-September-1950
Place of Birth United States
Famous for Acting
Pauletta Pearson Washington is an American actress. In 1970, at age 20, Pauletta Pearson became the first African American contestant in the Miss North Carolina Pageant, where she was the 2nd runner-up. She first appeared onscreen seven years later in the NBC television film “Wilma” (1977), based on the life of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph (played by Shirley Jo Finney). In the film, she played the role of Mae Faggs. During the production of the film, she met her future husband, Danzel Washington, who also made his TV debut with the Bud Greenspan directed and written film. In 1981, Pearson landed a part in the Emmy nominated television version of “Purlie.” The TV film starred Robert Guillaume as Purlie Victorious Judson. In 1995, she worked on the animated television series “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.”

Three years later, Pearson made her big screen debut in “Beloved,” a dramatic film based on the novel of the same name by Toni Morrison. The movie was directed by Jonathan Demme, produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, and starred Winfrey, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design but only scored $22,852,487 at the box office against a budget of $80 million. During 2003 to 2004, Pearson had a recurring role on the UPN situation comedy “The Parkers” when she played Terri Angelou in the episodes “Join the Club” and “Judge Not a Book.” She has also appeared in the 1994 “Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards,” the 2001 “Essence Awards” and the “BET Awards” in 2005. More recently, in January 28, 2011, she appeared as a guest on the talk show “The Wendy Williams Show.”