Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford
Born (1948-03-06) March 6, 1948
New York, New York, U.S.
Education High School of Performing Arts[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967present

Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948 [2]) is an American television and film actress known for her roles as Thelma Frye on the NBC sitcom Amen, as Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros., and as Craig Jones' mother Betty in Friday and Friday After Next. She portrayed Helen on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.

Early life

Horsford was born in Harlem, to Victor Agatha, an investment real estate broker originally from the Dominican Republic, and Lillian (née Richardson), who emigrated from Antigua and Barbuda in the 1940s.[2][3] According to a DNA analysis, she has maternal ancestry from the Limba people of Sierra Leone.[4]


Though she is known today for her work in front of the cameras, her first major role in television was as a producer for the PBS show, Soul!, hosted by Ellis Haizlip, which aired between 1967 and 1973. Horsford made guest appearances on such sitcoms as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sparks, Moesha, The Bernie Mac Show, The Shield, Girlfriends, and Everybody Hates Chris. She had main roles on the sitcoms The Wayans Bros. as "Dee Baxter" and "Thelma Frye" on Amen. She appeared on the drama Judging Amy. More recently, she was seen in the first season of Grey's Anatomy.[5] She returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas.

Horsford currently has a recurring role as Vivienne Avant on daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful. For the role, she was nominated for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series in the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards.

Political and social causes

On October 29, 2011, Horsford was awarded the title of Ambassador of Tourism of Antigua.[3]

Select filmography




  1. Horsford bio, IMDB. Accessed Oct. 28, 2016.
  2. 1 2 McCann, Bob, ed. (2009). "Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television". p. 165. ISBN 9780786437900. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  3. 1 2 Staff, ed. (October 26, 2011). "New Tourism Ambassador for Antigua". Carib Journal. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  4. Anna Marie Horsford Ancestry Reveal. on YouTube
  5. Profile,; accessed May 16, 2016.

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