Mariann Aalda Wiki – Mariann Aalda Bio
Mariann Aalda is an American actress who works in theatre, film, television, performance art, and stand-up comedy.
Aalda is best recognized for her work in television, where she played DiDi Bannister-Stoner on ABC’s The Edge of Night from 1981 until the show’s demise in 1984, making history as one of the first African-American daytime soap opera heroines.
Mariann Aalda is 74 years old.
She previously toured with the Boston-based improv group The Proposition for many years while working as a writer-performer with the sketch comedy troupe Off Centre Theatre in New York, alongside renowned animation voice actor and director Charlie Adler. Later, she had an appearance on Guiding Light on CBS. She also played the daughter of Redd Foxx and Della Reese on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family and played the character’s wife on the HBO series 1st & Ten.
Aalda also became well-known for her appearances as Lita Ford, Anthony’s yuppie-from-hell lover on the CBS sitcom Designing Women, and as the hideously scarred Lena Hart on the NBC serial opera Sunset Beach. She was a correspondent for the magazine show NOW! on WNBC in New York and co-hosted the lifestyle program Designs for Living on the USA Network. Most of her numerous guest star appearances are in sitcoms.
Aalda has also had cinematic appearances, co-starring in Class Act, a hip-hop cult classic, and playing Coach Harrison in Nobody’s Perfect. She appeared prominently in the Garry Marshall and Sidney Lumet films Beaches and Pretty Woman as well as The Wiz.
She is a pioneer in the movement for good aging, and the AARP has named her an “Age Disruptor” and given her a TEDx Talk. She frequently appears on podcasts on shameless aging. She serves as the resident age anarchist for Women of Colour Unite (WOCU), an organization that advocates for women of color who work in the entertainment business on and off-screen with more than 5000 members.
Getting Old Is a Bitch…But I’m Gonna Wrestle That Bitch to the Ground!, her solo “existential comedy” show, which broke a 30-year box office record at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is another way she spreads her message on healthy aging.