She played Grace Keefer on All My Children and provided The Chief's voice on the kids show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
She taught high school English before moving to New York City to become a theater actress.
Her final film, 2003's Anger Management, was released a month after her death and paid tribute to her in the closing credits.
She is survived by her husband Joseph Dale Thigpen.
She had a role in 1999's Bicentennial Man, starring Robin Williams.