Tuesday, April 20, 2021

We Remember: Armelia McQueen, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin” Actress, Dies at 68

Armelia McQueen
Armelia McQueen

*Actress Armelia McQueen, best known for her roles in Broadway’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and in 1990’s “Ghost,” has died at the age of 68.

Her friend Dorian Hannaway confirmed McQueen’s passing on Sunday, Oct. 3, writing in a Facebook post, “You are truly an angel now. My dear friend Armelia crossed over yesterday. She leaves us cherishing her memory as she was one of the greatest friends you could ever have. The only thing bigger than her beautiful soul was her extraordinary talent.”

McQueen was part of the original cast for “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” which eventually led to her Broadway debut when the cabaret musical opened there in 1978. Her performance in the musical earned a Theatre World award the same year.

Apart from her theater career, McQueen also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including her memorable turn in “Ghost,” opposite Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Rick Aviles. McQueen also held roles in other films including “Action Jackson” and “The Hustle.”

Her more recent work, however, often took place on television. In 2018 she appeared in “Artbound,” and before that she played a recurring role as Shula Whitaker on “Hart of Dixie.” She also played the Red Queen in the “Adventures in Wonderland” series from 1992 to 1994 and made brief appearances in “That’s So Raven” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Watch her vast array of work in the tribute montage below:

Read Dorian Hannaway’s post about McQueen below:

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