Beah Richards

Biography: After college she served a three-year acting apprenticeship in San Diego, then moved to New York in 1951; not until 1954 did she make her professional debut, in the off-Broadway play Take a Giant Step. She landed several other roles over the next few years but was often out of work. After touring with the national company of A Raisin in the Sun in the early '60s, she gained much attention in the lead role of the play The Amen Corner; her work brought her to the attention of director Otto Preminger, who cast her in a central supporting role in Hurry Sundown (1967) -- her fourth screen appearance but the first of any importance. This led to the role of Sidney Poitier's mother in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Nevertheless, she only had a handful of other film roles, meanwhile continuing to work on stage and TV.

Beah Richards' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 66
Highest Metascore: 82 Drugstore Cowboy
Lowest Metascore: 53 The Great White Hope
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
5 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
57 Beloved Oct 16, 1998 Baby Suggs, Aka Grandma Baby / Baby Suggs, Aka Grandma Baby tbd
82 Drugstore Cowboy Oct 6, 1989 Drug Counselor 8.5
53 The Great White Hope Oct 16, 1970 Mama Tiny tbd
63 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Dec 12, 1967 Mrs. Prentice / Mrs. Prentice / Mrs. Prentice 7.2
75 In the Heat of the Night Aug 3, 1967 Mama Caleba / Mama Caleba 5.8