Brenda Sykes

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Brenda Sykes (born June 25, 1949) is a retired African-American actress who made a number of films and appeared in television series in the 1970s.[1] She was discovered on The Dating Game.[2]

Biographical details[edit]

Sykes was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the daughter of a postal worker.

Sykes played Jim Brown's love interest in Black Gunn. According to Brown , he was responsible for her being cast in the role, an effort he made because he was attracted to her in real life.[3] She played the character Mandy, one of Jimmie Walker's girlfriends on the 1970s sitcom, Good Times, made a starring role appearance on the first season of The Streets of San Francisco, and as Summer Johnson on the CBS series, Executive Suite. Sykes was married to musician Gil Scott-Heron[4] and is the mother of poet Gia Scott-Heron.

Filmography (partial list)[edit]


  1. ^ Brenda Sykes filmography Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 28, 2011
  2. ^ "Cocoa Lounge Legends #001: Brenda Sykes" The Cocoa Lounge (January 18, 2007). Retrieved May 28, 2011
  3. ^ Jim Brown, "Jim Brown on … life and love in Hollywood; former football great's candid book offers a revealing look at his career as a movie star" Ebony (December 1989). Retrieved May 29, 2011
  4. ^ "Secret Opened for Xmas: Sykes, Scott-Heron Married" Jet (December 28, 1978). Retrieved May 28, 2011

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