Thursday, September 10, 2009
Bern Nadette Stanis!
Thelma is still looking good, y'all. I shot this photo a few days ago of actress Bern Nadette Stanis, who played Thelma on the 1970s sitcom "Good Times." She was at the African Festival of the Arts in Chicago's Washington Park. She was a warm and gracious woman who got greeted like family by almost everyone who stopped by her booth.
"I said to her, 'You were every black teenage boys fantasy,' " one smiling brother said as I stood with a group of men by her booth. The brother is right. There is hardly a black man in America over the age of 40 who will not nod when three words are uttered: "Thelma was fine."
Let's roll film [And try to tune out the sight and sound of Jimmy Walker's Neo-Coon character, JJ]:
She's lookin' 80s-fine on this clip from the "Cosby Show."
She turns 56 in December. She is also a painter, a writer...and a stone fox.