Irma P. Hall Biography (1935-)

Born June 3, 1935, in Beaumont, TX; raised in Chicago, IL; father a saxophoneplayer; divorced; children: two. Addresses: Agent: Harrise Davidson and Associates, 65 East Wacker Pl., Suite 2401, Chicago, IL 60601.

Birth Details
June 3, 1935
Beaumont, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Georgia Brown, Book of Numbers, Avco-Embassy, 1973
  • (As Irma Hall) Maid, Split Image (also known as Captured and L'envoutement), Orion, 1982
  • Aunt Charity, "On Valentine's Day," Story of a Marriage, Cinecom,1986
  • Preacher Dixon, Square Dance (also known as Home Is Where the Heart Is), Island, 1987
  • Mrs. Brown, They Still Call Me Bruce, 1987
  • First nurse, Backdraft, Universal, 1991
  • Lady on phone, Mo' Money, Columbia, 1992
  • Ethel, Straight Talk, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Fanny Baily, The Babe, Universal, 1992
  • Aunt T, A Family Thing, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Emma, Buddy, Columbia, 1997
  • Minerva, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Bertha "Mama" Davidson, Nothing to Lose, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Mother Joe (Big Mama), Soul Food, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Grandma Odessa, Steel, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Ella, Beloved, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Joletta, Patch Adams, Universal, 1998
  • Clotelia, A Slipping-Down Life, 1999
  • (As Irma Hall) Frances, John John in the Sky, 2000
  • Hazel, Don't Let Go, Jimmy Ray Productions, 2002
  • Mrs. Banks, Bad Company (also known as Ceska spojka), BuenaVista, 2002
  • Marva Munson, The Ladykillers, Buena Vista, 2004
  • Ida, Collateral, DreamWorks, 2004
  • Carrie Mae, A Gift for the Living (short film), 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mama Joe, a recurring role, Soul Food, Showtime, 2000-2002
  • Nurse Glory St. Claire, All Souls, UPN, 2001
  • Movies
  • Dora, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, ABC, 1979
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II, ABC, 1980
  • (As Irma Hall) Williston, Broken Promise, CBS, 1981
  • Lulu Richards, Crisis at Central High, CBS, 1981
  • Nurse Anne Hall, He's Not Your Son, CBS, 1984
  • The George McKenna Story (also known as Hard Lessons), CBS,1986
  • Mammy, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Showtime, 1987
  • Mrs. Smith, The Kid Who Loved Christmas (also known as The BoyWho Loved Christmas), syndicated, 1990
  • Jury foreman, In the Shadow of a Killer, NBC, 1992
  • Apartment manager, In the Company of Darkness, CBS, 1993
  • Old woman, To Sir with Love II (also known as To Sir with Love'95), CBS, 1996
  • Mae Mullen, "The Love Letter," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997
  • Miss Emma, A Lesson Before Dying, HBO, 1999
  • Memaw, Something to Sing About, syndicated, 2000
  • Rose Griffin, Miss Lettie and Me, TNT, 2002
  • June Jones, Our America, Showtime, 2002
  • Mary, An Unexpected Love (also known as This Much I Know),Lifetime, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • Cecilia Howlett, The Long Hot Summer, NBC, 1985
  • Alice, A Girl Thing, Showtime, 2001
  • Specials
  • Voice of Great-Aunt T, A Rugrats Kwanzaa Special (animated), Nickelodeon, 2001
  • Grandma, Black Filmmaker Showcase, Showtime, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Tilly, "Bar-B-Que," Dallas, CBS, 1978
  • Gabriel's Fire, c. 1990
  • Missing Persons, ABC, 1993
  • Mrs. Buckley, "Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner?" Getting Personal, Fox, 1998
  • Effie Taylor, "Seek and Ye Shall Find," Touched by an Angel, CBS,1998
  • Beverly Raymond, "An Impartial Bias," Judging Amy, CBS, 1999
  • Hattie, "All by Myself," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven and 7th Heaven: Beginnings), The WB, 2000
  • Aunt Liva, "Sweet Home Chicago: Parts 1 & 2," The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2002
  • Appeared as Mrs. Travis in an episode of Brewster Place.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Happy Endings, Dallas Minority Repertory Theatre, Dallas, TX, c. 1972
  • Lady Red, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Theatre Three, Dallas, TX, 1979-80
  • Callis, The Rover, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, 1988-89
  • Aunt Lou, The Ohio State Murders, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland, OH, 1991-92
  • Ma Dear, Jar the Floor, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, 1992
  • Ma Dear, Jar the Floor, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH, 1993
  • Miss Leah, Flyin' West, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1994
  • Ma Dear, Jar the Floor, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1995
  • Jessie, Time to Burn, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, c. 1997
  • Ma Dear, Jar the Floor, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Lena, A Raisin in the Sun, Goodman Theatre, 2000
  • Miss Odessa, Waiting to Be Invited, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, 2002
  • Appeared as Lena in various productions of A Raisin in the Sun, including Dallas Minority Repertory Theatre and Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas,TX; appeared as Ma Dear in several productions of Jar the Floor; appeared as Rose, Black Girl, Dallas Minority Repertory Theatre, Dallas, TX; as Mildred, Dividing the Estate, Stevens Theatre, Winston-Salem, NC;as Emma, Funny Girl, Dallas Summer Musicale, Dallas, TX; as Madie, God's Favorite, Granny's Dinner Theatre, Dallas, TX; as GoGo, Have You Seen Zandile, Chicago Repertory Company, Chicago; as Madame Fleur, House of Flowers, Theatre Three; as Sadiku, Lion and the Jewel, Court Theatre, Chicago; as Bernice, Member of the Wedding, Theatre Three;as sister, Miss Dessa, Chicago Theatre Company, Chicago; as Missy, Purlie, Theatre Three; as Sudy, Steal Away, Chicago Theatre Company, Chicago; as Rose, Steppin' Out, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; as Ash, Zooman and the Sun, New Arts Theatre, Dallas; appeared ina production of Gentle Fire.
  • Books
  • I Can Deal with Black and Blue (poetry), Joeisam Productions, 1991
  • Plays
  • Author of the play Black Girl.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, April 12, 1996, p. 51
    • Jet, September 29, 1997, p. 58
    • Irma P. Hall Official Site,, May 8, 2006

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