Mary Alice died on July 27, 2022 at her home in New York City at the age of 85, an NYPD spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. A cause of death was not announced. When the news broke, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars took to social media to offer their condolences.
“RIP Mary Alice… the original Rose Maxson. You were one of the greatest actresses of all time!! Thanks for the work, inspiration and thanks for Rose. Godspeed Queen,” Viola Davis—who won an Oscar for her role as Rose in the theatrical adaptation of Fences— tweeted, along with four red heart emojis. “You will not be forgotten, Ms. Mary Alice. Posted “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks. And Jennifer Lewis, who played Anthony Anderson’s mother in Black-ish wrote“So much love and laughter with Mary Alice in our New York days. An amazing role model and certainly one of our very best.”
According to IMDb, Alice retired from acting in 2005 and her last on-screen appearance was in the reboot of Kojak, starring Ving Rhames.
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