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Mariann Aalda is a television, stage, and film actress. Aalda is primarily known for her work in television. She portrayed DiDi Bannister on the long-running ABC soap opera Edge of Night, and had a regular roles on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family, as the daughter of Redd Foxx and Della Reese, and the HBO series 1st & Ten, as the wife of O.J. Simpson's character. In 1999, Aalda appeared on NBC's Sunset Beach as the tragically disfigured Lena Hart. She has also appeared in several films including The Wiz and Class Act opposite Kid 'n Play

In addition to acting, Aalda co-hosted the lifestyle show, Designs for Living on the USA Network and was a reporter for Now!, an entertainment news show for WNBC. She is also one of the three writer-producer-performing partners of 3 Blacque Chix, with Iona Morris and Lola Love in the stage production Herotique-Aahh…. Aalda also writes a humor-infused "ethnic etiquette" advice column with writer-producer, Karen Greyson, for


Year Film Role Notes
1978 The Wiz Guest at Aunt Emma's Party
1988 Beaches Ticket Seller Alternative title: Forever Friends
1989 Nobody's Perfect Coach Harrison
1990 Pretty Woman Saleswoman
1992 Class Act Duncan's Mom
Year Title Role Notes
1981-1984 Edge of Night Didi Bannister Stoner Unknown episodes
1985 What's Happening Now!! Theresa 1 episode
1986 The Last Precinct Angela Beauchamp 1 episode
1986-1987 1st & Ten Ellen Unknown episodes
1988 Hooperman 1 episode
1989 Designing Women Lita Episode: "The Girlfriend"
1990-1991 Guiding Light Grace Battles Unknown episodes
1991-1992 The Royal Family Elizabeth Royal Winston 15 episodes
1994 Models Inc. Janet Johnson 1 episode
1995 Family Matters Lois Episode: "Midterm Crisis"
The O.J. Simpson Story Eunice Simpson Television movie
1996 Grace Under Fire Student 1 episode
1998 The Wayans Bros. Casting director Episode: "Help a Brother Out"
Chicago Hope Woman Episode: "The Other Cheek"
1999 Sunset Beach Lena Hart 1 episode
2000 Veronica's Closet Brian's Mother Episode: "Veronica Checks Out"
2003 The Parkers Hanna Foster Episode: "Join the Club"
2006 All of Us Muriel Episode: "He's Gotta Have It"

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