Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Heroes Of Blaxploitation: Rosalind Cash

Day Nine:

Rosalind Cash (1938-1995) was an actress who was fiercely independent and known to not play into stereotypes. She first got her start in film with a small part in Klute (1971) which led to being cast in The Omega Man (1971) as the foxy leading lady to Charlton Heston's brooding man. It's probably the role Cash is most known for, and it paved the way to a lot of work and a nice career for the actress.

The New Centurions (1972) was next, followed by roles in the black-centric films Melinda (1972) and Hickey & Boggs (1972). After appearing in the Jon Voight boxing film The All-American Boy in 1973, Rosalind starred in a slew of Blaxploitation films. They included: Uptown Saturday Night (1974), Amazing Grace (1974), Cornbread, Earl And Me (1975), Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) and The Monkey Hustle (1976)
Since the genre dried up after that golden era, Cash still managed to find a lot of work, mostly in television. She guest starred in such shows as Good Times, What's Happening!, Kojak, Police Woman, Starsky & Hutch, Barney Miller as well as the TV movie A Killing Affair (1977) and notably the highly rated Guyana Tragedy: The Story Of Jim Jones (1980) alongside the great Powers Boothe.

Cash appeared in quite a few more films and TV throughout the 80's, picking up an Emmy nomination in 1985 for Go Tell It on The Mountain and showed up in recurring roles on TV programs like A Different World and General Hospital. Her last film role was in the Blaxploitation-horror throwback Tales From The Hood (1995)

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