From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Randolph, Amanda E.

(born: 1896  -  died: 1967) 

Amanda E. Randolph was born in Louisville, KY. Her married name was Hansberry. She began her career in black vaudeville, appeared in all-black films, was a character actress on radio, and was the first African American star (as a maid) in the television sitcom series, Make Room for Daddy. She was the older sister of actress Lillian Randolph. They were the daughters of Jessie W. Randolph, a clergyman born in Pennsylvania in 1845, and Jane Randolph, born in 1859 in Kentucky; in 1900, the family of four lived in the 7th Ward of Ponchatoula, LA [source: U.S. Federal Census]. For more see Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. Theater Arts and Entertainment.


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NKAA Source: Make room for daddy (television series 1953-64)
NKAA Source: Facts on file encyclopedia of Black women in America [Vol. 9], Theater arts and entertainment

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