|Irma P. Hall|
|Birth Name:||Irma Delores Player|
|Born:||June 3, 1935|
|Birthplace:||Beaumont, Texas, U.S.|
(or involved with):
|Dallas (first series)|
|Appeared as:||Tilly, the housekeeper in "Bar-B-Que" (Season 1) |
Rosa in "Shadow of a Doubt" (Season 8)
Irma P. Hall (born Irma Delores Taylor June 3, 1935) is an acclaimed character actress who appears twice on the CBS-TV series Dallas, first as Southfork Ranch maid/cook Tilly in the episode of titled "Bar-B-Que". in Season 1, then as Rosa, the maid of Mark Graison's estate, in the epiosde '"Shadow of a Doubt" in Season 8 of the series. She is well known for her role as Marva Munson in The Ladykillers opposite film co-stars Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans and George Wallace.
A former schoolteacher in the Chicago Public School System, Registered nurse, and part-time local repretiory stage actress, the Beaumont, Texas native, Irma entered the Hollywood acting arena at the age of 38, appearing in the 1973 independent film Book of Numbers and then in repertory in Dallas. Film and television gradually followed, including two appearances on Dallas as housekeeper Tilly, and small parts in The Babe (1992, with John Goodman), Backdraft, and Mo' Money, again with Marlon and also Damon Wayans. Although she continued to work steadily, she first gained national attention in 1996, for her portrayal of blind Aunt T. in A Family Thing (with James Earl Jones). She also played
Big Mama Joe in the 1997 films Nothing to Lose (with Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins), Soul Food (with Vanessa Williams), and the BET network TV spin-off series, which ran from 2000-2002.