Beah Richards

American actress

Beah Richards (July 12, 1920 – September 14, 2000) was an American actress. She performed on stage, in movies and on television. During her career, she received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performances on television.[1]

Beah Richards
Beah Richards Bill Cosby Show 1970 (cropped).JPG
Beah Richards on The Bill Cosby Show (1970)
Beulah Elizabeth Richardson

(1920-07-12)July 12, 1920
DiedSeptember 14, 2000(2000-09-14) (aged 80)
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Cause of deathEmphysema
Alma materDillard University
Years active1955–2000
Notable work
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Roots: The Next Generations
Spouse(s)Hugh Harrell Jr. (divorced)

Richards made many guest television appearances in shows, like The Bill Cosby Show, Designing Women and ER.

Richards was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Emphysema took her life in September 2000. She was age 80.[2]


  1. "Beah Richards". Television Academy. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. "Beah Richards". New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2016.