Telma Hopkins is an actress and singer who became popular as one of the founding members of the musical group Tony Orlando and Dawn and star of the television variety show of the same name. Hopkins' recognizability and comedic timing led to starring roles in numerous television sitcoms, including Bosom Buddies
, Gimme A Break
, Family Matters
, Getting By
and Half & Half
. She received four NAACP Image Awards nominations for her work on Half & Half
and won Best Supporting Actress at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards.
Hopkins' other television appearances included guest roles on ER
, Suddenly Susan
, For Your Love
, as well as recurring roles on the The Hughleys
and Any Day Now
. Her movie credits include the Trancers
trilogy, The Wood
, Showtime's Rain
and The Love Guru
. Since 2008, she has been touring in the play The Clean Up Woman
Hopkins' performing roots can be traced to her native Detroit, where she worked to become one of Motown's top session singers, singing background with such musical legends as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick. Hopkins' inspirations are Carol Burnett, who does everything from comedy to drama, and the late great Pearl Bailey, "a woman of great attitude."
Hopkins is on the board of the women's shelter In God's Sheltering Arms. While Hopkins has been a mentor for 12 years, she has also been the spokesperson for the National P.T.A. and Act on Arthritis. She has worked on behalf of McClaren Hall, Rainbow Camp, Hollygrove Group Home and Caring for Babies with AIDS.