Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mabel King

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #196: Old Hats New Trick Dana and Ken talk about Mabel King and her Banana Fritter's recipe:

Mabel was best known for her role in the show "What's Happening!!" where she played Roger and Dee's Mama. I think he name on the show was Mama.
She also played the memorable role of Steve Martin's mother in The Jerk:

She was an accomplished stage actress, playing Evillene in the Broadway show (and film adaptation of) The Wiz.

Her recipe for Macaroni Pie appeared in the Cooking in Oz cookbook:

After leaving "What's Happening!!" over a pay dispute she dabbled in politics. A conservative Republican, Mabel campaigned for President Reagan's reelection in 1984.

Here she is, in a "Minisode" of "What's Happening!!":

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