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Pauletta Pearson Washington
Born Pauletta Pearson
September 28, 1950 (1950-09-28) (age 59)
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Denzel Washington (1983-present)

Pauletta Pearson Washington (born September 28, 1950) is an American actress.

In 1970, she was the first black contestant in the Miss North Carolina Pageant, a preliminary to Miss America. She was the 2nd runner-up.


Personal life

In 1983, Pearson married actor Denzel Washington, whom she met on the set of the 1977 made-for-television movie Wilma. The couple have four children: John David (b. July 28, 1984), who signed a football contract with the St. Louis Rams in May 2006 after playing college football at Morehouse;[1] Katia (b. November 1987), who is attending Yale University, and twins Olivia and Malcolm (named in honor of Malcolm X)[2] (b. April 10, 1991). In 1995, the couple renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.[3]

Washington and her family visited soldiers at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.


Year Film Role Notes
1977 Wilma Mae Faggs Film Debut/TV Movie
1981 Purlie Unknown Role TV Movie
1998 Beloved One of "The Thirty Women"
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Teacher
2003-2004 The Parkers Terri Angelou Recurring character


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