Irma P. Hall
|Irma P. Hall
June 3, 1935
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
Irma Pamela Hall (born June 3, 1935) is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. She is best known for playing matriarchal figures in the films A Family Thing, Soul Food, and The Ladykillers.
Hall's first acting role was in an independent film called Book of Numbers at the age of 36. Hall had been a teacher of languages for many years in Dallas, Texas when actor/director Raymond St. Jacques hired her as interim publicist for Book of Numbers. St Jacques saw her performing at a poetry reading. He liked her so much he offered her a role in his film on the spot. Hall discovered a love for acting and soon co-founded a repertory theatre in Dallas.
Hall's personality and age made her a natural to be cast as a middle-aged, strong authority figure. She worked steadily in films and TV throughout the 1980s. But it was not until her role as the loving Aunt T. in 1996's A Family Thing that critics and audiences began to take notice of her talents. She won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role and the success of that film helped launch Hall's career as a major supporting actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Sizable roles in major films such as Nothing to Lose and Steel followed. Hall then landed the role as Big Mama Joseph in the film Soul Food. The film was a hit at the box office, prompting a television spinoff, Soul Food: The Series, in which Hall reprised her role.
Hall was born Irma Dolores Player Hall in Beaumont, Texas, the daughter of Josephine Hall. She was raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. Her father was a saxophone player who performed jazz music. Hall attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.
Shortly before the film release of The Ladykillers, Hall was seriously injured in a car accident in Chicago. In the midst of a snowstorm, she lost control of her vehicle, crossed lanes into oncoming traffic and hit another car head on. She underwent emergency open-heart surgery for a puncture wound to her aorta caused by a broken rib. In addition, Hall also suffered a shattered ankle and a broken arm. Hall was cited for driving with a suspended license and not staying in her lane. She made a full recovery and was able to continue her career.
Hall lives in Dallas, Texas with her family; she is the mother of two and the grandmother of four (as of 2001). Hall also had a recurring role on the 80's hit television show Dallas.
|Book of Numbers
|On Valentine's Day
|They Still Call Me Bruce
|Babe, TheThe Babe
|Lady on Phone
|Family Thing, AA Family Thing
|Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated —Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
|Nothing to Lose
|Bertha 'Mama' Davidson
|NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
|Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
|Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down Life
|Don't Let Go
|Ladykillers, TheThe Ladykillers
|Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Performance
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
|Gift for the Living
|Meet the Browns
|Uncross the Stars
|Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, TheThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
|My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
|3 Blind Saints
|Jayne Mansfield's Car
|Changing the Game
|Hiding in Plain Sight
|Ida Mae Blackmon
|Steps of Faith
|Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
|Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II
|Crisis at Central High
|He's Not Your Son
|Nurse Anne Hall
|Episode: "Shadow of a Doubt"
|Long Hot Summer, TheThe Long Hot Summer
|George McKenna Story, TheThe George McKenna Story
|Uncle Tom's Cabin
|Kid Who Loved Christmas, TheThe Kid Who Loved Christmas
|In the Shadow of a Killer
|In the Company of Darkness
|Episodes: "I Can't Even Imagine", "Right Neighborhood... Wrong Door"
|Episode: "What Do You Want... A Signed Confession?"
|Dr. Thelma Brown
|Episode: "Digging Up the Past"
|To Sir, with Love II
|Love Letter, TheThe Love Letter
|Touched by an Angel
|Episode: "Seek and Ye Shall Find"
|Episode: "Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner?"
|Lesson Before Dying, AA Lesson Before Dying
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress: T.V. Movie/Cable
|Episode: "An Impartial Bias"
|Episode: "All By Myself"
|Something to Sing About
|Regular role (14 episodes)
|Rugrats Kwanzaa Special, AA Rugrats Kwanzaa Special
|Great Aunt T (voice)
|Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing
|Nurse Glory St. Claire
|Recurring role (5 episodes)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
|Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac Show
|Episodes: "Sweet Home Chicago: Parts 1 & 2"
|Miss Lettie and Me
CAMIE Award for Best Performance
|Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected Love
|Diary of a Single Mom
|Recurring role (5 episodes)
|Episode: "Heat of Passion"
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
|Game, TheThe Game
|Episode: "Grand Opening, Grand Closing"
|Episode: "One Minute"
|Episode: "The Concert"
Awards and nominations
- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
- 2005, Best Actress: The Ladykillers (Nominated)
- Black Reel Awards
- 2005, Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy: The Ladykillers (Winner)
- 2000, Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series/Television Movie: A Lesson Before Dying (Nominated)
- 2005, Jury Prize for Acting, Cannes Film Festival: The Ladykillers