Debbi Morgan

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Debbi Morgan
BornDeborah Morgan
(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956 (age 57)
Dunn, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)
Ces Weldon (1980-1984)
Charles S. Dutton (1989-1994)
Donn Thompson (1997-2000)
Jeffrey Winston (2009-present)
 
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Debbi Morgan
BornDeborah Morgan
(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956 (age 57)
Dunn, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)
Ces Weldon (1980-1984)
Charles S. Dutton (1989-1994)
Donn Thompson (1997-2000)
Jeffrey Winston (2009-present)

Deborah "Debbi" Morgan (born September 20, 1956) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Dr. Angie Hubbard on the ABC soap opera All My Children, and for her role as The Seer in the fourth and fifth seasons of Charmed. In film, she received critical acclaim for her performance in Eve's Bayou (1997).

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Dunn, North Carolina, the daughter of Lora, a teacher, and George Morgan, Jr., a butcher. She has a younger sister, Terry.[1] She moved to New York City when she was three months old. Her father died of leukemia when she was eight, and she was raised by her mother, who worked as a secretary and a typing instructor at Junior High School 80 in the Bronx. Morgan attended parochial school.

Career[edit]

Morgan's earliest film role was in the movie Mandingo in 1975. She played the role of Dite. Morgan's earliest recurring role was on What's Happening!! from 1976 to 1977 as Diane Harris, and also appeared on Good Times. In 1979, she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Alex Haley's great-aunt Elizabeth Harvey on the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations, and her guest-starring role as Curtis Jackson's ex-girlfriend turned prostitute on The White Shadow.[2] Her most famous role was Angie Baxter Hubbard on the soap opera All My Children, a role she originally played from January 1982 to July 1990. Her portrayal of Angie struck a chord with many Black viewers across America. Angie and her love interest, Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams), became the first African-American "supercouple" on the daytime serials. In 1989, Morgan won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (which she shares with Santa Barbara actress Nancy Lee Grahn). She and Williams also co-hosted a music video show titled New York Hot Tracks in the mid-1980s.

After leaving All My Children, Morgan played the role of Chantal Marshall on the NBC soap opera, Generations (replacing actress Sharon Brown) and remained with the show until it ended. She then reprised her role as Angie Hubbard on ABC's Loving in 1991. In 1995, she brought the same character to The City (a retooled version of Loving), making Morgan one of the few performers to portray the same character on three different soap operas. From 1997 to 1998, she also played Dr. Ellen Burgess on Port Charles. In the 1980s and 1990s, Morgan became a de facto symbol for the possibilities for black women as all of her soap opera roles involved her playing a successful doctor.

Morgan garnered much acclaim from movie critics for her portrayal of clairvoyant Mozelle Batiste Delacroix in director Kasi Lemmons' drama film Eve's Bayou (1997).[2] For her portrayal, she won a Chicago Film Critics Association Award and an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for an Image Award. She later left soap operas and began her film career with roles in She's All That (1999), The Hurricane (1999), Love & Basketball (2000), Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004), Coach Carter (2005), Relative Strangers (2006), and Color of the Cross (2006). On television, she had roles in The Practice, Strong Medicine, Boston Public, Providence, and Soul Food. [3]

From 2002 to 2003, Morgan played lead character Lora Gibson, opposite Lea Thompson, on the Lifetime drama series For the People. She also played the role of The Seer in the fourth and fifth seasons of Charmed. Morgan, returned to All My Children in January 2008, after 10 years after leaving daytime television.[4] In May 2009 and 2011, she was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[5] In 2011, ABC cancelled All My Children, and Morgan joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Yolanda "Harmony" Hamilton[6][7] on October 7, 2011, exactly two weeks after All My Children aired its final television episode on September 23, 2011. In 2013, Morgan starred in the internet version of All My Children, reprising her role of Angie Hubbard.[8] The series premiered on April 29, 2013 and was cancelled after single season.[9][10] On November 2013, after All My Children was cancelled, Morgan was cast in upcoming Starz drama series Power, opposite Omari Hardwick and La La Anthony.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan has been married four times: to Charles Weldon from 1980 to 1984; to actor Charles S. Dutton from 1989 to 1994, and photographer Donn Thompson from 1997 to 2000.[1] She has been married to Jeffrey Winston since June 2009.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971Cry UncleOlga Winter
1974Amazing GraceMorgan State Student
1975MandingoDite
1976Taxi DriverGirl at Columbus Circle
1976The Monkey Hu$tleVi
1979Love's Savage FuryOpalTV Movie
1981ThornwellKatherineTV Movie
1984The Jesse Owens StoryRuth Solomon OwensTV Movie
1987Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter StoryMarcia HicksonTV Movie
1992Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal FramingMaureen GilmanTV Movie
1997Eve's BayouMozelle Batiste DelacroixIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1999She's All ThatMs. Rousseau
1999Spawn 3: Ultimate BattleGranny Blake
1999The HurricaneMae ThelmaNominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
1999AsunderLauren Hubbs
2000Love & BasketballNona McCall
2000The RunawayReba MonroeTV Movie
2004Woman Thou Art LoosedTwana
2005Coach CarterTonya
2005Back in the DayMrs. Packer
2006Relative StrangersMrs. Manoire
2006Color of the CrossMary

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1976, 1977Good TimesEllen / SamanthaEpisodes: "The Break Up" and "A Friend in Need"
1976-1977What's Happening!!Diane HarrisRecurring role, 6 episodes
1978The Love BoatStephanie JacksonEpisode: "Second Chance/Don't Push Me/Like Father, Like Son"
1979Roots: The Next GenerationsElizabeth HarveyTV Mini-Series
1979The White ShadowDelores RayeEpisode: "Delores, of Course"
1980The Incredible HulkJodyEpisode: "Falling Angels"
1981SanfordCharleneEpisode: "Love Is Blind"
1981-1982Behind the ScreenLynette PorterSeries regular, 13 episodes
1980, 1982Trapper John, M.D.Linda / DeniseEpisodes: "Hot Line" and "Ladies in Waiting"
1982–1990, 2008-2011, 2013All My ChildrenDr. Angela Baxter HubbardSeries regular
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1989)
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Lead - Daytime Drama (2009)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2009, 2010)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2009, 2011-12)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1986)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2011)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1990)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (1986)
1990-1991GenerationsChantal MarshallSeries regular
1991A Different WorldLisa WestinEpisode: "To Tell the Truth"
1992The Cosby ShowTracyEpisode: "Eat, Drink and Be Wary"
1992Herman's HeadMelodieEpisode: "Brackenhooker"
1992, 1993RocLindaEpisodes: "The Hand That Rocs the Cradle" and "Crazy George in Love"
1993-1995LovingDr. Angela "Angie" HubbardSeries regular
1995-1997The CityDr. Angela "Angie" HubbardSeries regular
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1996)
1997-1998Port CharlesDr. Mary Eleanor 'Ellen' BurgessSeries regular
1997, 1998General HospitalDr. Mary Eleanor 'Ellen' BurgessSpecial guest star
1999SpawnGranny Blake3 episodes, voice role
1999-2000Any Day NowEpisodes: "Elephants in the Room" and "You Think I Am Lying to You?"
2000City of AngelsEpisode: "Smoochas Gracias"
2001The PracticeMarsha ShinnEpisode: "The Day After"
2000, 2001Strong MedicineChloe SimonsEpisodes: "Pilot" and "Mortality"
2000-2001Boston PublicSuperintendent Marsha ShinnRecurring role, 4 episodes
2001ProvidenceMarilyn ChaseEpisode: "Home Sweet Home"
2001-2002Soul FoodLynette Van AdamsRecurring role, 3 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
2002-2003CharmedThe SeerRecurring role, 8 episodes
2002-2003For the PeopleDistrict Attorney Lora GibsonSeries regular, 18 episodes
2004Touching EvilAileen MooneyEpisode: "Pilot"
2006Ghost WhispererMrs. RileyEpisode: "Melinda's First Ghost"
2006Close to HomeLizette CarterEpisode: "Prodigal Son"
2006-2007The Bold and the BeautifulDistrict Attorney Jennifer TartaroRecurring role, 14 episodes
2011-2012The Young and the RestlessHarmony HamiltonRecurring role, 43 episodes
2014PowerEstelle

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Debbi Morgan Biography (1956-)
  2. ^ a b "Debbi Morgan". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Debbi Morgan Credits". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  4. ^ Daytime's First Black Supercouple Returns to AMC
  5. ^ Barrett, Annie (2011-06-19). "Daytime Emmys 2011 | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  6. ^ Barrett, Annie (2011-09-14). "All My Children stars heat up CBS Daytime | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  7. ^ Daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com
  8. ^ "Debbi Morgan Officially Joins Resurrected 'All My Children' | Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  9. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (2013-11-11). "Soaps Dish: All My Children, SOAPnet Scrubbed". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  10. ^ "All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  11. ^ "La La Anthony, Debbi Morgan Join Cast Of Starz Omari Hardwick Drama 'Power' | Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-11-14). "Starz Series 'Power' Adds La La Anthony". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  13. ^ "All My Children: Debbi Morgan Married in Washington! - All My Children News - Soaps.com". Soaps.sheknows.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 

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