Paulene Myers appeared as Judge Frances MacKenzie in the the Season 7 "AITF" episode "Archie's Civil Rights".
|Born:||November 9, 1913|
|Birthplace:||Ocilla, Georgia U.S.|
|Died:||December 8, 1996(aged 83)|
|Deathplace:||Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Character played:||Judge Frances MacKenzie|
Paulene E. Myers (November 9, 1913 - December 8, 1996) appeared as Judge Frances MacKenzie in the Season 7 episode of All in the Family titled "Archie's Civil Rights". Paulene was a revered veteran black female character actress and a pioneer amongst African-American actors, who performed on Broadway stage and appeared on many television series throughout her long career, which spanned over six decades.
Early life and career
Born in Ocilla, GA. Myers was the daughter of the late Zachariah Myers and Annie Bembow Myers, her family relocated to East Orange, New Jersey when she was a child. She studied acting at the New York Theatre School and the Actors Studio West in Beverly Hills, California.
Myers made her Broadway debut in "Growin' Pains" with in 1933. She was also featured in Broadway and national companies of such major productions as "A Member of the Wedding", "Anna Lucasta" and "The Blacks."
Amongst the many roles she played, some of her most notable roles were Mrs. Ward on the NBC-TV daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives", and Judge Pittman, the star of a TV special, "I'll See You in Court;" Judge Morrisey from the ABC-TV soap General Hospital, and her appearance as Judge Mackenzie in the AITF "Archie's Civil Rights"episode, and Grandma Jane on the CBS-TV variety/comedy series The Tony Orlando & Dawn Show. Myers also appeared with fellow stalwart veteran black actor Richard Ward as Grandpa Evans's new ladyfriend, "Sugarlump" on the CBS-TV sitcom series Good Times, as well as roles on Sanford and Son, The Cosby Show, The Jeffersons and Gunsmoke.
Awards and nominations
Myers was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for best actress for the 1972 feature film, Lady Sings the Blues, which starred Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, also in which she played the madam who hired Billie Holiday. Myers was a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Association (AFTRA), Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Personal life and death
Myers, who, for 35 years, lived in both Southern California where she resided for 23 of those years, and then in New York City, eventually settled in Chester, Pennsylvania, and died there, having lived there for the final two years of her life. She was interred and is buried in Chester Rural Cemetery.