Who is Anne-Marie Johnson?
Anne-Marie Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California USA on 18 July 1960 – her zodiac sign is Cancer and she holds American nationality. She is an actress and a mimic, who is probably still known best for her portrayal of Nadine Thomas in the comedy series “What’s Happening Now!”, which starred Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson and Shirley Hemphill, and follows the lives of teenagers Raj, Shirley, Rerun, Dwayne and Dee. It aired from 1985 to 1988, but failed to win any awards.
Early life, parents and education
Anne-Marie was raised an only child in Los Angeles by her African-American father and her mother – nothing is known about the two as they preferred to stay away from the media’s attention.
She launched her acting career while still attending elementary school, with her portrayal of Jenny Marshal in the 1971 episode “Masquerade” of the action crime series “Homicide”, and she also appeared in the 1973 episode “Three Mouths to Feed” of the crime series “Division 4”. Anne-Marie enrolled at John Marshall High School, and during those four years continued to act, appearing in two TV series – “Matlock Police” and “Solo One”.
She then focused on her education, and upon matriculating in 1978, Anne-Marie enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1982. She continued her education at the same university, and obtained her Master’s degree in 1984.
Roles in movies
Anne-Marie has been credited with appearing in around 100 movies and TV series, and we’re about to mention some of her most notable performances in this article.
She made her debut film appearance in the 1984 comedy “High School U.S.A.”, which failed to attract any attention; a couple of her following roles were in the 1984 romantic drama “His Mistress”, the 1986 comedy “That’s My Mama Now!” and the 1987 comedy “Hollywood Shuffle”. Anne-Marie gained recognition in 1988 after she portrayed Cherry in the action crime comedy “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, written and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also starred in it alongside Bernie Casey and Antonio Fargas.
It follows a black hero as he reunites with various other black heroes from the ‘70s to fight Mr. Big. The year 1991 saw her appear in Robert Townsend’s musical drama “The Five Heartbeats”, which was quite popular in the US.
In 1998, Anne-Marie played the supporting character Monica in the drama “Down in the Delta”, which follows Loretta and her children Tracy and Thomas as they move from a big city to their ancestral home in Mississippi, to live with their uncle Earl; the movie was nominated for 10 awards, winning two.
Her following notable performance was in the 2012 comedy “Freeloaders”. which starred Josh Lawson and Clifton Collins Jr., and follows a group of young people who have been living at a rock star’s mansion for free for several years, and now have to move out as he’s selling the place.
Three of Anne-Marie’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2018 romantic comedy “I Was A Teenage Pillow Queen”, the 2019 drama “Adopt a Highway” and the 2019 comedy “Dear Santa, I Need a Date”.
Roles in TV series
Anne-Marie’s first notable performance in a TV series was in all three 1990 episodes of the romantic drama mini-series “Lucky Chances”, based on two novels – “Lucky” and “Chances” – written by Jackie Collins, and the series won two awards, including one Primetime Emmy.
From 1988 to 1993, Anne-Marie portrayed Althea Tibbs, one of the lead characters in the mystery crime drama “In the Heat of the Night”, which also stared Carroll O’Connor and Alan Autry, and follows the police force working in Sparta in Mississippi.
As soon as she was done shooting for it, Anne-Marie was cast to portray various characters in the comedy “In Living Color”, which was a hit, winning six awards including a Primetime Emmy, and was nominated for 21 other awards. In 1996, she portrayed Alycia Barnett in 14 episodes of the long-running romantic drama “Melrose Place”, and the following years saw Anne-Marie appear in single episodes of various series, until her following notable performance from 1997 through 2002 in the action crime drama “JAG”, which starred David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, and is about Harmon Rabb and his lawyer friends working in the US Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Office.
In 2003, she was invited to star as Ms. Kimberly Trotter in the crime drama “The System”, which was cancelled after airing 10 episodes, but in the same year she portrayed Sharon Upton Farley in the comedy “Girlfriends”.
Between 2007 and 2010, she appeared in five episodes of the family comedy “House of Payne”, but which received poor reviews, then between 2012 and 2016, Anne-Marie portrayed both Dr. Robinson and Dr. Patel in four episodes of one of the longest-running , “Days of Our Lives”.
Three of her most recent roles in TV series have been in ten 2019 episodes of the crime fantasy drama “The In Between”, three 2020 episodes of the romantic drama “Cherish the Day”, and two 2020 episodes of the mystery crime drama “How to Get Away with Murder”.
She performed the song “Fragile Heart” in the 1995 episode “Big Easy Murder” of the mystery crime series “Murder, She Wrote”.
Anne-Marie has a single producing credit: in 2010, she co-produced the short film “Malachi”.
— Anne-Marie Johnson (@AMJLOVESLA) November 4, 2020
She has appeared in various TV specials too, including “The 28th Annual Strawberry Festival Parade”, “The 9th Annual American Black Achievements Awards”, and “The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime”. Anne-Marie has also appeared in various talk-shows, such as “The Chuck Woolery Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”.
Love life and husband
Anne-Marie married her other half, Martin Grey on 1 January 1996, after the two had been dating for several years. It appears that they don’t have children as they are focusing on their careers instead, however, there are also rumors circulating the internet that either Anne-Marie or Martin is perhaps unable to have children.
Martin Grey is an actor, film producer and writer, who has close to 40 acting credits to his name, while he is probably known best for his portrayal of Adam in the 2011 comedy film “About Fifty”.
Some of his other notable performances have been in the 1984 sports film “The Natural”, the 2001 comedy movie “Ghost World”, and the 2007-2008 mystery crime series “Life”.
Neither Martin nor Anne-Marie have mentioned any other people they might have dated, so as of January 2021, Anne-Marie is married to Martin Grey and they don’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Anne-Marie enjoys competing in game shows, and has entered several including “Card Sharks” in 1978 and “Child’s Play” in 1982. She was also a Body Language contestant.
In 2008, she joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and became their first national vice president; the following year saw her run for president, but she lost to Ken Howard.
In 2016, she was presented with a Ralph Morgan Award for her contribution to the SAG union.
In her spare time, Anne-Marie’s usually working around her garden – she enjoys planting various plants, especially succulents.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Matt Damon, and her favorite movies include “Leon: The Professional”, “Les Miserables” and “Good Will Hunting”.
Age, height and net worth
Anne-Marie is 60 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and she weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of January 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.