Actress who starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She received Screen Actors Guild Awards for her portrayal of Constantine in The Help.
She was born to immigrants, as both of her parents came to the United States from the island of Nevis.
She was Oscar-nominated for her role in Sounder.
She married jazz legend Miles Davis in November of 1981, and the couple divorced seven years later.
She starred in Sounder with Paul Winfield.