From September 14, 1985, to May 6, 1990, there was no place like home for laughs at one D.C. apartment building. Here’s what happened to the cast of the hit TV series 227!
After her first TV role as Mary’s studious daughter Brenda, Regina became a study in excellence, winning Emmys for American Crime and Seven Seconds and an Oscar for If Beale Street Could Talk. She’s also starred in films à la Jerry Maguire and Ray, as well as on TV’s The Boondocks, Southland and Watchmen.
While Mary’s husband Lester owned his own construction company, Hal continued to build a solid reputation on TV’s The Sinbad Show, in pics such as Guess Who and with his costar Regina. “[He] became a father figure for me when the cameras stopped rolling. He’d let me sit up under him and talk about teenage stuff and just be.”
Following her turn as nosy housewife Mary Jenkins, Marla kept her eye out for a myriad of other projects. She’s not only been in movies like The Meteor Man and Madea’s Witness Protection, but also appeared in over 40 TV series from The Hughleys to Passions, The First Family, Black-ish and Station 19.
Though neighbor Sandra Clark reveled in her back-and-forth with Mary, Jackée has enjoyed going back and forth between the stage, pics such as Ladybugs and over 60 TV movies starring Sister, Sister and landing recurring roles on Everybody Hates Chris and The Paynes.
Alaina Reed Hall (1946–2009)
Mary’s best friend Rose Lee Holloway was always the voice of reason. And Alaina saw no reason to move on from being on TV, appearing on shows from Harry and the Hendersons to Cleghorne!, Ally McBeal and ER before passing away from breast cancer.
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