Theresa Graves Birthday: January 10, 1948 Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Height: 5' 1"
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Ms. Graves started her career as a singer with the Doodletown Pipers. She later turned to acting appearing regularly on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in 1969 and 1970. She had supporting roles in several films during the 1970s, including Black Eye (1974), That Man Bolt (1973), and Vampira (1974), with David Niven. On "Get Christie Love" (1974) which ran during the 1974-1975 season, she played the first black woman hired by a big-city department. She left acting shortly afterward. She died tragically in a house fire in 2002, aged only 54.
Ruined her career by refusing many roles because of religious convictions.
Got her start in show business as a member of the singing group The Doodletown Pipers.
Abandoned her acting career in 1983 to concentrate on her involvement with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Firefighters responding to a fire in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles found Graves unconscious in a bedroom of her home. She was taken to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in nearby Inglewood, where she died. A faulty space heater was determined to be the cause of the blaze. Neighbors said they didn't know of Graves's past life as a TV star. [10 October 2002]