In 1997, she received a Living Legend Award from the National Black Theater.
She received a Tony nomination for best supporting actress in her 1972 broadway debut in Melvin Van Peeble's "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death". It was the first of seven nominations.
She graduated the Chicago Music Conservatory as a voice student and continued her voice studies briefly at the Yale University School of Music and at Julliard.
She acted in plays by Toni Morrison and Horton Foote and in productions by the Negro Ensemble Company, the Manhattan Theater Club, the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Playwrights Horizon, and others.
She was awarded the 1997 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Cameo Role for "The Young Man from Atlanta" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.