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Randolph, Amanda E.

(born: September 2, 1896  -  died: August 24, 1967) 

Amanda E. Randolph was born in Louisville, KY. Her married name was Hansberry. She began her career in black vaudeville, appeared in all-black films, was a character actress on radio, and was the first African American star (as a maid) in the television sitcom series, Make Room for Daddy.

Randolph's family moved frequently. In Cincinnati, OH, Amanda Randolph was a teenager and worked as a piano and organ player. She was recorded playing jazz and blues on several piano rolls, and she is thought to be the only African American woman recorded playing on piano rolls. She also wrote and composed music.

Amanda E. Randolph was the older sister of actress Lillian Randolph. They were the daughters of Jessie W. Randolph, a clergyman born in Pennsylvania in 1845, and Jane Randolph, born in 1859 in Kentucky. In 1900, the family of four lived in the 7th Ward of Ponchatoula, LA [source: U.S. Federal Census]. Amanda E. Randolph died in Duarte, California.

For more see Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. Theater Arts and Entertainment, see Amanda Randolph, a Wkipedia page.

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