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Denise Nicholas

Denise Nicholas starred as teacher Liz McIntyre in Room 222 from 1969 to 1974 for which she was twice nominated for Golden Globes.

Where are they now?

After Room 222 was cancelled, Denise Nicholas had a string of roles in film comedies with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. She later played feisty councilwoman Harriet DeLong on the TV series “In The Heat of the Night,” a role explored one of the first interracial relationships on prime time when DeLong became the on-screen love interest of Carroll O’Connor’s character Police Chief Bill Gillespie. She also wrote the scripts for six of the series’ episodes and a two-hour “Heat of the Night” TV movie. Now 61, Denise Nicholas recently published her first novel called “Freshwater Road,” about an African-American woman who travels to the south to challenge segregation during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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13 responses to “Denise Nicholas”

  1. V. C. says:

    Ms. Nicholas, is an intelligent beautiful and powerful women. I looked to her as my role model from my youth. I truly admire her. She is a fighter for justice for ALL! Ms. Nicholas is a blessing from heaven. She is truly one of a God’s children. She’s been doing what she was created to do which is God’s work. She is caring, passionate, and loving. She show compassion. She stand up when She’s been knocked down. She is a brave women and relatable. I wish you many blessings and keep you in my heart and prayers. A beautiful Sprit. I still look at the reruns of The Heat of the Night in the evening with my 84 year old mother. My mother love you and Mr. C O’Connor. You touch my heart and soul. I would love to see you more on the screen or in person touring. I would even like to go to tea and have a girls day. This is the kind of person you seem to be. God bless you and keep you. You are heaven sent. Keep doing the Lord’s work. May you have peace, joy, and much love. You are a precious soul you relate this on the screen. God Bless You. V.C.

  2. Miss Nicholes says:

    I have always had a crush on this woman ever since she entertained on tv. Now that I am devoured at 66 years young I still even more wish that I could meet my angel.

  3. Irene says:

    Loved the show and absolutely all the cast, and still watch it faithfully. I admire this wonderful, versatile, actress. I also hope to see in a good role, worthy of her, on tv, very soon.

  4. Irene says:

    Loved the show and absolutely all the cast, and still watch it faithfully. I admire this wonderful, versatile, actress. I also hope to see in a good role, worthy of her, on tv, very soon

  5. decie taylor says:

    loved her…be blessed…hope to see you on tv soon ….brooklyn in the house !

  6. JanisMarek says:

    What is wrong with Hollywood? Can someone please give these wonderful actors some work, because they are the best at what they do, she is still beautiful and living, I will always remember her from Room 222, I was 9 but that was o.k., we are still here.

  7. Yholmes14@yahoo.com says:

    Same here I would love to see Denise Nicholas in something new. Please director call her.

  8. Wow! So glad I decided to google this awesome actr says:

    Debra Francis. breathe.good.now@gmail.com

  9. Cathie D says:

    Just love her in The Heat of the Night. She is an awesome actress. She makes you really care about her. Wonder if she if acting anymore. Would love to see her acting in something else!!!

  10. Always liked her as an actress and the many act th says:

    Read above.

  11. Dorothy Johnson. Dorothylee46@gmail.com says:

    Denise, wrote a book on the physical differences between Black Women and White Women in the early 70’s.

  12. Susan B says:

    Didn’t even remember her from Room 222. Loved her on In the Heat of the Night. Pretty true stuff about how interracial relationships were viewed in small town South.

  13. jerry thomas chatsworth,ga pawsboy005@gmai.com 706 says:

    She is a great actor loved watching her on the heat of the night. (706)537-2814

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