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Alice Childress Edit Profile

playwright , writer

She took odd jobs to pay for herself, including domestic worker, photo retoucher, assistant machinist, saleslady, and insurance agent. In 1939, she studied Drama in the American Negro Theatre (ANT), and performed there for 11 years. Childress described her writing as trying to portray the have-nots in a have society. Childress is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.

Background

Ethnicity: Childress was born in South Carolina, but at age nine, after her parents separated, she moved to Harlem where she lived with her grandmother on 118th Street, between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue

Education

The public school

the Wadleigh High School

She became involved in theater immediately after her high school and she did not attend college

Career

PLAYS: Florence (1949), Just a Little Simple (1950), Gold Through the Trees (1952), Trouble in Mind (1955), Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White (1966), String (1969), Wine in the Wilderness (1969), Mojo: A Black Love Story (1970), Sea Island Song (1977), Moms: A Praise Play for a Black Comedienne (1987)

NOVELS: Like one of the family (1956), A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1973), A Short Walk (1979), Rainbow Jordan (1981), Those Other People (1989)