by Dale Ricardo Shields
Vickilyn Reynolds was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She first appeared on television in 1987 where she appeared on Kate & Allie, the following year (1988) she had appeared in two films, Crossing Delancey and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. She has recently appeared on American Dreams in the episode “Beyond the Wire“. She last appeared on television in 2005 where she played a talk show host in the film When Do We Eat? Reynolds has also appeared on 227, an African-American television show. Vickilyn Reynolds has starred in Broadway and Off Broadway theatre productions of Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, The Colored Museum and Mama I Want to Sing.
Vickilyn Reynolds began singing in the Baptist church at the age of four. While attending High School, she signed with Philadelphia International Records as a member of the group, City Limits, where she was a recording artist many TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) tracks. In New York, she produced a successful three-year run of the Vickilyn Review at the Greenwich Village Preacher’s Café. She was an original cast member of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum (Crossroad Theatre, New Jersey); she also recreated her role at both the (New York Shakespeare Festival) Public Theatre and the Los Angles productions.
The New York Times Theater Critic, Rachel Saltz, recently said of actress Vickilyn Reynolds in her one-woman musical based on the life of Hattie McDaniel called, “Hattie…What I Need You To Know,” that “McDaniel has found an almost ideal interpreter.”
New York Beacon Theater Critic Audrey J. Bernard stated that “Hattie McDaniel was the first Black to ever win an Oscar, and Vickilyn Reynolds delivers an explosive award-winning performance as McDaniel!”
Theatermania.com Theater Critic, Dan Bacalzo, said that “Vickilyn Reynolds is a vocal powerhouse, ”
Denver Post Theater Critic, John Moore, said of Vickilyn Reynolds that she “is as big and brassy as her astonishing voice.”
“Hattie…What I Need You To Know” staring award winning Actress Vickilyn Reynolds that documents the life of the first African American Academy Award winner, Hattie McDaniel. The musical received critical acclaim in Denver and New York.”
In 2008, Ms. Reynolds received the 2008 AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Performance in a musical/female for Hattie… What I Need You To Know, which she wrote, developed and stars in the leading role. Hattie…What I Need You To Know! captures the essence of Hattie McDaniel’s beginnings in Denver to her rise to stardom in Hollywood, California.
Sugar and Spice aired from March until May 1990 on CBS.
The small town of Ponca City, Oklahoma, was the setting for this blue collar series about two middle-aged black sisters. Loretta and Vickilyn had very different personalities. Vickilyn was conservative and quiet, a divorcee making her living with Small World Miniatures, a mail-order business run out of her converted garage. Her gregarious sister Loretta, an aspiring singer with a roving eye for good-looking men, was biding time working as a hostess at Cafe Jacques, where the manager Jacques ( Leslie Jordan) was also seen. Living with them was their teenage niece Toby ( LaVerne Anderson), the only child of their late sister, whose good intentions were sometimes derailed when she took bad advice from her best friend Ginger ( Dana Hill). Bonnie ( Stephanie Hodge), who had a tempestuous relationship with her trucker husband Cliff ( Gerrit Graham), was Vickilyn’s assistant at Small World Miniatures. Ralph and Brian ( Troy Searcy, Bumper Robinson) were schoolmates of Toby’s
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Vickilyn Reynolds is married to Albert Reynolds and is the proud mother of two sons.
- When Do We Eat? (2005) as Talk Show Host
- American Dreams (2004) (TV series)
- Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) (V) as Doria
- Felicity (2002) (TV series) as Nurse Jones
- That’s My Bush! (2001) (TV series) as Miss Clea #3
- The Parkers (2001) (TV series) as Stephanie
- Flossin (2001) as Bobbie
- Primary Colors (1998) as Amalee
- The John Larroquette Show (1995) (TV series) as Woman
- Friday (1995) as Joann
- Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) as Mrs. Brown
- Murder Between Friends (1994) (Television)
- Thea (1993) (TV series)
- Addams Family Values (1993) as Forceps Nurse
- South Central (1992) as Willie’s Wife
- Coopersmith (1992) (Television)
- Great Performances (1991) (TV series) as LaWanda
- Almost an Angel (1990) as Nancy (Bank Customer #1)
- Polly: Comin’ Home! (1990) (Television)
- Sugar and Spice (1990) (TV series) as Vickilyn Fontaine
- The War of the Roses (1989) as Nancy (Oliver’s Secretary)
- Polly (1989) (Television) as Mrs. Tarbell
- Dad (1989) as CCU Nurse
- The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) as Bad singer
- 227 (1989) (TV series) as Ranger Granger
- I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) as Sadie
- Crossing Delancey (1988) as Woman in Sauna
- Kate & Allie (1987) (TV series) as Gift Wrap Clerk