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Texas Alexander

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Tx Alexander sang the blues within a tone of voice that noises and feels today like this of the kindred heart to Huddie Ledbetter, Washboard Sam, Henry Thomas, or Blind Lemon Jefferson, with whom he sang through the early 1920s. Through the years 1927-1934, he documented some 69 edges (64 which had been released) for the OKeh and Vocalion record brands in San Antonio, Fort Value, and NEW YORK. His accompanists had been mainly guitarists (Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Davis, Willie Reed, and Small Hat Jones) and in addition included pianists Clarence Williams and Eddie Heywood, Sr. in addition to cornetist Ruler Oliver as well as the Mississippi Sheiks. Alexander performed no external device, expressing himself exclusively with his tone of voice. He is thought to possess carried a electric guitar around with him to be able to draw in accompanists. His recordings are valuable relics of early 20th hundred years African-American culture within the rural southwestern USA. Alger Alexander was created on Sept 12, 1900 in Jewett, Tx, midway between Houston and Dallas, and arrived up in Leona. He discovered how exactly to sing around the roads and gained an area following by carrying out in taverns with social functions through the entire region. An user-friendly improviser, his free-form performing technique was a customized outgrowth of the task song as well as the field holler. Alexander’s unconventionally abnormal feeling of timing was obviously linked with his thought procedures and deep breathing patterns. Lonnie Johnson was one of is own most adroit accompanists and later on described the duty as challenging. Ruler Oliver, who was simply patently unperturbed from the singer’s inclination to change secrets or significantly shorten along a collection by dropping 4 or 5 bars, simply packed in along with his horn wherever required. (This relaxed innovative approach will be echoed a long time later on when AACM member, trumpeter, and multi-instrumentalist Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith mentioned that “the blues is strictly, within my method of understanding it, a free of charge music.”) Texas Alexander’s 1928 classes with Johnson and Lang occurred amidst the to begin their now-cherished acoustic guitar duets. On Apr 9, 1934 Alexander waxed eight edges for OKeh with Sam and Bo Chatmon, the fiddle and acoustic guitar duo referred to as the Mississippi Sheiks, and six game titles for Vocalion along with his “Sax Dark Tams,” several unidentified players who dealt with alto sax, clarinets, guitars, and piano. Through the Great Depressive disorder, Alexander caused his cousin Sam Hopkins, later on referred to as Lightnin’, and through the past due ’30s he sang with Chester Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf) and Lowell Fulson. His impact upon these males shouldn’t be underestimated. Relating to reviews, in 1939, Alexander acted out a number of the frustrations natural in his track lyrics by murdering his wife. Because of this he was limited within the Condition Penitentiary at Paris, Tx for five years from 1940. (Later on research known as into issue the allegations that Alexander wiped out his wife or spent any moment in prison; he might have just been assigned to some work plantation for “playing lewd music in public areas”.) Alexander spent a lot of the past due ’40s in Houston, but at that time his design of performing was definately not fashionable, and an audition for Aladdin Information along with his cousin bore him no fruits even while it resulted in Lightnin’ Hopkins’ initial recording program with pianist Thunder Smith in 1946. Alexander’s last record date occurred in 1950 with guitarist Leon Benton and pianist Buster Pickens. The music premiered on the Independence label using the instrumentalists billed as Benton’s Busy Bees. Alexander steadily succumbed to syphilis; he passed away from that malady on Apr 16, 1954 in Richards, Tx, and his continues to be had been interred at Longstreet Cemetery in Grimes State. The musical impressions he left out exerted a robust influence on various other Tx music artists and through them the complete nationwide blues custom. Most of Tx Alexander’s recordings have already been put together and reissued with the Record and Matchbox brands. A spurious declaration to the result that Tx Alexander constructed “THE HOME of the Increasing Sun” is due to an erroneous interpretation of his 1928 documenting, “The Increasing Sun.” Everything that the two music share is some of the much longer title and a significant case from the blues.

Quick Facts


Full Name Alger "Texas" Alexander
Died April 18, 1954, Richards, Texas, United States
Profession Singer
Nationality American


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#Fact
1 As of 2015, she has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: All the President's Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and The Cider House Rules (1999). Of those, only Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) won Best Picture.
2 Mother of Jace Alexander.
3 Mother-in-law of Maddie Corman.
4 One of only a few performers to receive an Oscar-nomination for their movie debut, as Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Great White Hope (1970), and one of even fewer performers to receive an Oscar-nomination the same role in which they had already received Broadway's Tony-award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Great White Hope" (1969), on stage, one year earlier.
5 Was the Commencement speaker for Bennington College's Class of 1997.
6 Portrayed Sara Delano Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Warm Springs (2005), for which she won the Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, almost 30 years after her most famous role, portraying Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the made-for-TV films Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), both of which brought her Emmy nominations as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special.
7 Won Broadway's 1969 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Great White Hope," a role she recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in a film of the same name, The Great White Hope (1970). Since winning the 1969 Tony, she has received six additional Tony nominations: as Best Actress (Dramatic), in 1973 for "6 Rms Riv Vu," and in 1974 for "Find Your Way Home;" as Best Actress (Play), in 1979 for "First Monday in October," in 1992, for a revival of "The Visit," in 1993, for "The Sisters Rosensweig," and in 1998 for "Honour.".
8 Was the commencement speaker for Duke University's Class of 1996.
9 Was the Commencement speaker for Smith College's Class of 1999.
10 Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1988.
11 Named to Chair the National Endowment for the Arts by President Bill Clinton in August 1993.
12 Received an Honorary Degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA. [1999]


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Three Christs 2018 post-production Dr. Abraham
Brooklyn Animal Control TV Series post-production Den Mother Vilhelmiina
The Good Fight 2017 TV Series Judge Suzanne Morris
Elementary 2014-2016 TV Series C.
Live from Lincoln Center 2015 TV Series Parthy Hawks
The Good Wife 2011-2015 TV Series Judge Suzanne Morris
Forever 2015 TV Series Nora Morgan
The Book of Negroes 2015 TV Mini-Series Maria
The Divide 2014 TV Series Elizabeth
The Blacklist 2013-2014 TV Series Diane Fowler
Forgive Me 2013 TV Series Bookie
Last Love 2013 Joan Morgan
Deck the Halls 2011 TV Movie Nora Regan Reilly
Dream House 2011 Dr. Greeley
William & Catherine: A Royal Romance 2011 TV Movie HM Queen Elizabeth II
American Masters 2008-2011 TV Series documentary Narrator / Ednah Cheney
Terminator Salvation 2009 Virginia
The Unborn 2009 Sofi Kozma
Gigantic 2008 Barbara Weathersby
Tell Me You Love Me 2007 TV Series Dr. May Foster
Feast of Love 2007 Esther Stevenson
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus 2006 Gertrude Nemerov
The Way 2006 TV Movie Helen Warden
Warm Springs 2005 TV Movie Sara Delano Roosevelt
Carry Me Home 2004 TV Movie Mrs. Gortimer
Freedom: A History of Us 2003 TV Series documentary Jane Addams
The Ring 2002 Dr. Grasnik
Sunshine State 2002 Delia Temple
Bitter Winter 2001 TV Movie
Jenifer 2001 TV Movie Marilyn Estess
Law & Order 2000 TV Series Regina Mulroney
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 TV Series Regina Mulroney
The Cider House Rules 1999 Nurse Edna
New Year 1993 TV Movie Elsie Robertson
Stay the Night 1992 TV Movie Blanche Kettman
A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz 1991 TV Movie Georgia O'Keeffe
Daughter of the Streets 1990 TV Movie Peggy Ryan
Glory 1989 Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw (uncredited)
An American Place 1988 Georgia O'Keeffe
Open Admissions 1988 TV Movie Ginny Carlsen
A Friendship in Vienna 1988 TV Movie Hannah Dournenvald
In Love and War 1987 TV Movie Sybil Stockdale
Square Dance 1987 Juanelle
Sweet Country 1987 Anna
Blood & Orchids 1986 TV Movie Doris Ashley
Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide 1986 Video
Malice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie Hedda Hopper
City Heat 1984 Addy
Calamity Jane 1984 TV Movie Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary)
When She Says No 1984 TV Movie Nora Strangis
Testament 1983 Carol Wetherly
In the Custody of Strangers 1982 TV Movie Sandy Caldwell
Kennedy's Children 1982 TV Movie Wanda
Night Crossing 1982 Doris Strelzyk
Dear Liar 1981 TV Movie Mrs. Patrick Campbell
Playing for Time 1980 TV Movie Alma Rose
Brubaker 1980 Lillian Gray
Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 Margaret Phelps
Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II 1978 TV Movie Mary MacCracken
A Question of Love 1978 TV Movie Barbara Moreland
The Betsy 1978 Alicia Hardeman
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years 1977 TV Movie Eleanor Roosevelt
A Circle of Children 1977 TV Movie Mary MacCracken
All the President's Men 1976 Bookkeeper
Eleanor and Franklin 1976 TV Series Eleanor Roosevelt, age 18-60
Death Be Not Proud 1975 TV Movie Frances Gunther
This Is the West That Was 1974 TV Movie Sarah Shaw
Miracle on 34th Street 1973 TV Movie Karen Walker
The New Centurions 1972 Dorothy
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol 1972 TV Movie Anne Palmer
A Gunfight 1971 Nora Tenneray
The Great White Hope 1970 Eleanor Backman
Adam-12 1969 TV Series Records Clerk
N.Y.P.D. 1969 TV Series

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An American Place 1988 co-producer
Square Dance 1987 executive producer
Calamity Jane 1984 TV Movie producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Warm Springs 2005 TV Movie performer: "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chelsea Walls 2001 special thanks
Antigone/Rites of Passion 1990 the producer wishes to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TCM Spotlight: Trailblazing Women 2016 TV Series Herself - Special Guest
The No Name Painting Association 2013 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Working in the Theatre 1991-2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Inside the Handy Writers' Colony 2008 Documentary Lowney Handy (voice)
The Powder & the Glory 2007 Documentary Herself - Narrator (voice)
The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2007 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The States 2007 TV Series documentary Herself (Massachusetts)
Albert Paley: In Search of the Sentinel 2007 Documentary Narrator (voice)
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary short Herself
Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of 'All the President's Men' 2006 Video documentary short Herself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Art in the Twenty-First Century 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Mama/M.A.M.A. 2003 Herself
Testament at 20 2003 Video documentary short Herself
Finding the Truth: The Making of 'Kramer vs. Kramer' 2001 Video documentary Herself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Women in Film Crystal Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Present the American Teacher Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1995 TV Special Herself - Accepting the Award for the National Endowment for the Arts
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1994 TV Special Herself
The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1993 TV Special Herself
The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominated: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Building Bombs 1991 Documentary Narrator
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Herself
All About Babies 1988 Documentary Narrator
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Animated & Best Live Action Short Film
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Herself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Today 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1980 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1979 TV Special Herself
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Co-Hostess & Nominee
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Herself
The 31st Annual Tony Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Herself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Herself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Night 1971 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969 TV Special Herself - Winner & Performer
The Dick Cavett Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Loving Story 2011 Documentary Eleanor Backman - The Great White Hope
Sexo en serie 2008 TV Movie documentary Dr. May Foster
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat 2006 Video documentary short Herself - Bookkeeper (uncredited)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Pressure and the Press: The Making of 'All the President's Men' 1976 Documentary short Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 ACTRA Maritimes Award ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance - Female Forgive Me (2013)
2005 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Warm Springs (2005)
2005 Faith Hubley 'Web of Life' Award High Falls Film Festival
1996 Humanitarian Award Women in Film Crystal Awards
1993 Muse Award New York Women in Film & Television
1985 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama Calamity Jane (1984) · Suzanne Clauser (writer)
1981 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Playing for Time (1980)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Forgive Me (2013)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series The Blacklist (2013)
2005 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special Carry Me Home (2004)
2005 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Warm Springs (2005)
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Warm Springs (2005)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2000 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture The Cider House Rules (1999) · Erykah Badu
· Kathy Baker
· Michael Caine
· Kieran Culkin
· Delroy Lindo
· Tobey Maguire
· Kate Nelligan
· Paul Rudd
· Charlize Theron
1989 ACE CableACE Awards Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries A Friendship in Vienna (1988)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Malice in Wonderland (1985)
1984 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Testament (1983)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Testament (1983)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Calamity Jane (1984)
1980 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1980 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1977 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role All the President's Men (1976)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
1971 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Great White Hope (1970)
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female The Great White Hope (1970)
1971 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Star of Tomorrow, Female The Great White Hope (1970)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Testament (1983)
1979 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)


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#Quote
1 Things come up suddenly these days, but that's all right because I work better under pressure.
2 I never thought of myself as pretty as a child and I have tried to bring that awareness to my roles.
3 You have to have the ability to persevere, to get knocked down and get back up again. Just talent isn't enough.


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