ANNA MARIA HORSFORD (Actor, The Bold and the Beautiful) As one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, Anna Maria Horsford continues to inspire audiences through cinema, television and theatre. Her career and influence span generations, whether you know her as Thelma Frye (Amen), Mrs. Jones (FRIDAY, FRIDAY AFTER NEXT), Dee Baxter (The Wayans Brothers), or Vivienne Avant (The Bold and the Beautiful), she has brought to life some of our favorite characters. Her first major role in television was as a producer for the PBS show SOUL!, hosted by Ellis Haizlip, SOUL! aired from 1968 and 1973, making Ms. Horsford one of the first African American women to hold the position of Associate Producer in television.
The Emmy-nominated actress can recently be seen on a wide-range of projects premiering 2021-2022, which include her roles as Roberta on TBS’s “The Last OG”, Nicole on ABC’s “The Conners,” Jolene Hernandez on Amazon Prime’s “Studio City,” Aunt Deedee on Brat TV’s “Sunnyside Up,” and Gramma Missy on Amazon Prime’s “Ghost Tape.” Fans will be excited to see Anna in the Disney+ premiere of “Vacation Friends” starring John Cena. She also recently landed a guest star role on FOX’s hit series “Pose” alongside Billy Porter.
Most recently, Anna contributed her expertise in a critically acclaimed discussion with Netflix”s THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION star Radha Blank. This discussion was produced virtually by NYU, and is just another example of the invaluable contributions Anna has made to the industry. As a member of DGA (Directors Guild of America) she continues to be a viable resource to aspiring actors, directors and creatives looking to be inspired.
In 2016, Ms. Horsford returned to daytime television joining the cast of the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Vivienne Avant. Anna Maria received high praise for her emotionally compelling performance, earning her two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 2016, and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2017.