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Jan 24

Vickilyn Reynolds


            

VICKILYN REYNOLDS 

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.” 

STANDING OVATIONS SINCE 2007
~THEATRICAL PROJECT ~ HATTIE…WHAT I NEED YOU TO KNOW! THE MUSICAL
Starring *VICKILYN REYNOLDS* 
                             
“Hattie…What I Need You To Know!  is a musical portrayal about the life of one of the great American character actresses and the first African-American to win an Academy Award.  Vickilyn Reynolds, the writer, producer, songwriter and actress of this play has created a long overdue theatrical journey about Hattie’s life from her early childhood, her relationship with her family, and many marriages, all before that faithful decision of moving to Los Angeles and becoming a Hollywood Star.  Through this journey, we get to see the intimate personal side of Hattie’s life as a wife, business woman, and friend to many of Hollywood’s legendary movie stars.”

*****

Ms. Reynolds has appeared nationally in commercials, films, and television. In 1990 she co-starred in the CBS sitcom, Sugar & Spice (David E. Kelley), Ice Cube’s Friday and Primary Colors. She has received the Black Theatre Alliances Award in Chicago Illinois, the LA Ovation Award and the 2005 Telly Award, among other honors and nominations.

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: Vickilyn Reynolds, Loretta Devine and LaVerne Anderson – (Sitcom)

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
Taken from: http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/58186#ixzz22diwyQoz

Soloist Vickilyn Reynolds leads the choir in “I Will Trust In The Lord .
http://lubbockonline.com/national-news/2012-02-13/answers-houstons-death-sought

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Vickilyn Reynolds is married to Albert Reynolds and is the proud mother of two sons.

Before there was a Sidney Poitier, a Denzel Washington, a Morgan Freeman or a Halle Berry, there was Hattie McDaniel. In the engaging bio-musical Hattie ... What I Need to Know, Vickilyn Reynolds honors the life of this extraordinary entertainer, who in 1940 became the first African-American to win an Oscar with her performance as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. Fittingly, the show opens with a video of that historic evening, after which Reynolds (who bears a noticeable resemblance to McDaniel) appears onstage and, for two hours, does a beguiling job of bringing McDaniel to life. Reynolds' script covers a lot of ground and could use some tightening, and at times her loose, conversational style distracts and meanders.Still, she and director Byron Nora succeed in making McDaniel's story an entertaining experience, recounting her early days singing in a gospel choir; difficulties with her overprotective parents; a string of unhappy marriages; struggles with racism in and outside of Hollywood; and her slow, determined rise to success, which ultimately placed her in the friendly company of stars like Clark Gable, Mae West, Bing Crosby and Marlene Dietrich. As interesting as this all is, the real payoff is hearing Reynolds sing the selection of jazz, blues and gospel songs with commanding artistry and passion. Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.

Before there was a Sidney Poitier, a Denzel Washington, a Morgan Freeman or a Halle Berry, there was Hattie McDaniel. In the engaging bio-musical Hattie … What I Need to Know, Vickilyn Reynolds honors the life of this extraordinary entertainer, who in 1940 became the first African-American to win an Oscar with her performance as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. Fittingly, the show opens with a video of that historic evening, after which Reynolds (who bears a noticeable resemblance to McDaniel) appears onstage and, for two hours, does a beguiling job of bringing McDaniel to life. Reynolds’ script covers a lot of ground and could use some tightening, and at times her loose, conversational style distracts and meanders.Still, she and director Byron Nora succeed in making McDaniel’s story an entertaining experience, recounting her early days singing in a gospel choir; difficulties with her overprotective parents; a string of unhappy marriages; struggles with racism in and outside of Hollywood; and her slow, determined rise to success, which ultimately placed her in the friendly company of stars like Clark Gable, Mae West, Bing Crosby and Marlene Dietrich. As interesting as this all is, the real payoff is hearing Reynolds sing the selection of jazz, blues and gospel songs with commanding artistry and passion. Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.

 
Filmography
  1. When Do We Eat? (2005) as Talk Show Host
  2. American Dreams (2004) (TV series)
  3. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) (V) as Doria
  4. Felicity (2002) (TV series) as Nurse Jones
  5. That’s My Bush! (2001) (TV series) as Miss Clea #3
  6. The Parkers (2001) (TV series) as Stephanie
  7. Flossin (2001) as Bobbie
  8. Primary Colors (1998) as Amalee
  9. The John Larroquette Show (1995) (TV series) as Woman
  10. Friday (1995) as Joann
  11. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) as Mrs. Brown
  12. Murder Between Friends (1994) (Television)
  13. Thea (1993) (TV series)
  14. Addams Family Values (1993) as Forceps Nurse
  15. South Central (1992) as Willie’s Wife
  16. Coopersmith (1992) (Television)
  17. Great Performances (1991) (TV series) as LaWanda
  18. Almost an Angel (1990) as Nancy (Bank Customer #1)
  19. Polly: Comin’ Home! (1990) (Television)
  20. Sugar and Spice (1990) (TV series) as Vickilyn Fontaine
  21. The War of the Roses (1989) as Nancy (Oliver’s Secretary)
  22. Polly (1989) (Television) as Mrs. Tarbell
  23. Dad (1989) as CCU Nurse
  24. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) as Bad singer
  25. 227 (1989) (TV series) as Ranger Granger
  26. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) as Sadie
  27. Crossing Delancey (1988) as Woman in Sauna
  28. Kate & Allie (1987) (TV series) as Gift Wrap Clerk

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