Quick facts
Birth date 12 Jul, 1944
Age 75 yrs
Occupations Actor
Television actor
Film actor
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place Detroit
Education University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Southern California
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Gender Female
Description Actress
Spouse Gilbert Moses[1964-1965]
Jim Hill[1981-1984]
Bill Withers[1973-1974]

Denise Nicholas is a social activities and American actress. She joined African-American Civil Rights movement. She did appear in over 50 movies with other television series in her entire career. She was playing like a high school guidance counselor under the name of Liz McIntyre at ABC comedy-drama called Room 222.

Denise Nicholas was born in the city of Detroit in Michigan in the year 1944. She is a daughter of Louise Carolyn and her father is Otto Nicholas. She grew up in Detroit and moved to live in Milan of Michigan. She has American nationality and she is African-American for her ethnicity. From her early age, she got interested in show business.

Denise went to Milan High School where she finished in the year 1961. She joined University of Michigan where she was doing a pre-law major. Afterwards, she switched the major and started to learn Latin-American politics. She did also English and Spanish. She then transferred and joined Tulane University where she majored into Fine Arts, besides the Bachelor of Arts of Drama given by University of Southern California.

According to her biography, Denise Nicholas started to play within a Spanish Language play that was being presented by the language class. After sometime, she left the college and joined the Free Southern Theater. In two years, she went to New York and here she joined Negro Ensemble Company.

Denise started the television acting career during the year 1968. She did appear in an episode called It takes a Thief. She then appeared like Harriet De Long in NBC/CBS cast named In The Heat of The Night. Besides, in the series, she wrote six episodes when she started the career like a writer. She then enrolled in Professional Writing program and it was at the University of Southern California. Besides, Denise did attend Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop.

Denise Nicholas appeared in many television series and movies such as Proud, Ritual, My Wife and Kids, Living single, Ghost Dad and In the Heat of the Night. In addition of acting, she wrote a novel called Freshwater Road and it was published at Agate Publishing in the year 2005. This novel won Zora Neal Hurston and Richard Wright Award in debut fiction category in the year 2006.

In the year 1972, she got the nomination to Golden Globe for her play in Room 222. She had been nominated for the same award in 1970 and in 1971. She won Image Award for her role in Let’s Do it Again in the year 1976.

It is not clear how much Denise Nicholas makes as a salary, but she has a net worth of 3 million dollars. When it comes to her married, life, Denise Nicholas got married to Gilbert Moses in the year 1963 but their divorce took place in just two years. She got married again to Bill Withers and Jim Hill but also divorced him.

Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020

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