Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer and film and television actress.
Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway and choreographed Whitney Houston's international tours from 1989 to 1992. Since then, she has concentrated on film and TV, played the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio, a NBC situation comedy which ran from March 21, 1995 - July 13, 1999 for 97 episodes , and as the character Jackie Robbins on NBC's Emmy Award drama ER, based upon life in a Chicago hospital's emergency department. ER previewed in September 1994 and continues to air Thursday evenings.
She currently portrays the character Alexx Woods, a coroner on the CBS serial drama CSI: Miami which first aired September 2002.
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profile (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018554). She was married only once, to actor John Emery from 1937-1941.
Since then, she has concentrated on film and TV, played the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio, a NBC situation comedy which ran from March 21, 1995 - July 13, 1999 for 97 episodes , and as the character Jackie Robbins on NBC's Emmy Award drama ER, based upon life in a Chicago hospital's emergency department. Her outrageous behavior -- fueled by a two-bottle-a-day consumption of Old Grand Dad -- continued unabated. Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway and choreographed Whitney Houston's international tours from 1989 to 1992. But her career was in decline by the mid-1950s. Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer and film and television actress. Her appearance as herself on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour in 1957 as "The Neighbor Next Door" -- drunk, according to Lucille Ball -- is a cult favorite as is her role as the Black Widow on television's Batman. Bankhead continued to perform in the 1950s and 1960s, on Broadway, in the occasional film, as a highly-popular radio show host, and in the new medium of television.
The performance is widely acknowledged as her best on film, and won her the New York Screen Critics Award. In 1944, Alfred Hitchcock cast her as journalist and cynic Constance Porter in Lifeboat. More success and the same award followed her 1942 performance in Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth. Her portrayal won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Performance.
Returning to Broadway, Tallulah's career stalled in unmemorable plays until she played Regina in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1939). Her screen test for Gone with the Wind put her out of the running for good -- Selznick decided that she was too old (at 34) for Scarlett's antebellum scenes (One also wonders if the cynical Bankhead could have played "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" Scarlett with anything approaching a straight face). Polled, moviegoers thought otherwise. Selznick called her the "first choice among established stars" to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Nevertheless, David O. Critics agree that her acting was flat and that she was unable to dominate the camera -- and that she was generally outclassed by Dietrich, Carole Lombard, et al. She returned to US in 1931 to be Paramount Picture's "next Marlene Dietrich", but Hollywood success eluded her in her first four films of the 30s. By the end of the decade, she was one of the West End's -- and England's -- best-known celebrities.
Famous as an actress, she was famous, too, for her drinking, drug taking, and many affairs with men and women. In 1923, she made her debut on the London stage, where she was to appear in over a dozen plays in the next eight years. She also became known for her wit, although as screenwriter Anita Loos, another minor Roundtable member said: "She was so pretty that we thought she must be stupid.". During these early New York years, she became a peripheral member of the Algonquin Round Table and known as a hard-partying girl-about-town.
She quickly won bit parts, and made her major role debut at 18 in The Squab Farm. At 15, Tallulah Bankhead won a movie-magazine beauty contest & convinced her family to let her move to New York. Bankhead (1842-1920) (Democrat from Alabama 1907-1920). Bankhead II (1872-1946) (Democrat from Alabama 1931-1946), and granddaughter of Senator John H.
She was the daughter of Congressman William Brockman Bankhead (1874-1940) (Democrat from Alabama 1917-1940, Speaker of the House 1936-1940), niece of Senator John H. Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 - December 12, 1968) was a United States actress, talk-show host, and bon vivant, born in Huntsville, Alabama.