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Entertainment Carol Speed, Actress in ‘The Mack,’ ‘Black Samson’ and ‘Abby,’ Dies at 76

03:17  20 january  2022
03:17  20 january  2022 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Died . Abby Williams – Abby Lulu – The Mack . At age 12, Speed received her first acting role in the San Jose Light Opera production of "The King & I". During her youth, Speed was a part of a singing group which included two of her cousins. 1974 Black Samson as Leslie. 1974 Abby as Abby Williams.

Carol Speed was born in Bakersfield, California, the U.S on March 14, 1945. Her real name was Carolyn Ann Stewart. Carol was an actress , singer, and author by profession. She worked in many blaxploitation films and television shows between 1969–1990. With her elegant acting skills, she won the hearts of thousands of people. Her most popular work was as Abby Williams in the horror film Abby . If you ask about her other films then The Big Bird Cage, The Mack , and Black Samson .

  Carol Speed, Actress in ‘The Mack,’ ‘Black Samson’ and ‘Abby,’ Dies at 76 © Courtesy Everett Collection

Carol Speed, the actress and singer who made a name for herself with performances in the blaxploitation-era movies The Mack, Black Samson and Abby, died Friday in Muskogee, Oklahoma, her family announced. She was 76.

Speed portrayed Lulu, the prostitute girlfriend of Max Julien‘s pimp character, in The Mack (1973), the girlfriend of a lion-owning club owner (Rockne Tarkington) in Black Samson (1974) and a mute woman in the cult martial arts drama Dynamite Brothers (1974), starring Timothy Brown.

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And in the title role, Speed starred as a minister’s wife who becomes possessed by an evil West African spirit in Abby (1974). A horror film in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, Warner Bros. sued to have it pulled from theaters on the grounds of copyright violations.

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Blaxploitation actress Carol Speed ( “ The Mack ”, “ Abby ”) has passed away at age 76 https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/blaxploitation- actress - carol - speed -“ the - mack ”-“ abby ”-has-passed-away-at-age- 76 .4781085/ … #blaxploitation #carolspeed pic.twitter.com/GatYx4KDZk.

Carol Speed , Actress : Disco Godfather. Cute, bubbly and adorable actress Carol Speed achieved a considerable amount of cult cinema popularity with her often lively and delightful contributions to a handful of enjoyably down'n'dirty 1970s blaxploitation features. She was born Carolyn Stewart on March 14, 1945, in Bakersfield, California.

“The script reminded me of [1957’s] The Three Faces of Eve, which starred Paul Newman’s wife, [Joanne Woodward],” Speed said in an undated interview. “I thought Abby was a wonderful vehicle to show off my acting.”

Born on March 14, 1945, in Bakersfield, California, Carol Ann Bennett Stewart was the first Black homecoming queen in Santa Clara County, then attended San Jose State University and, on a scholarship, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

After serving as a back-up singer for Bobbie Gentry at Harrah’s in Reno, Nevada, she appeared on an episode of NBC’s Julia opposite Diahann Carroll and had a recurring role on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1970.

In 1972, she played a hooker in The New Centurions and an inmate behind bars in The Big Bird Cage and dumped Lamont (Demond Wilson) at the altar in the Sanford and Son episode “Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride.”

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Carol Speed , Actress : Disco Godfather. Cute, bubbly and adorable actress Carol Speed achieved a considerable amount of cult cinema popularity with her often lively and delightful contributions to a handful of enjoyably down'n'dirty 1970s 1974 Abby Abby Williams. 1974 Black Samson Leslie.

Carol Speed , Actress : Disco Godfather. Cute, bubbly and adorable actress Carol Speed achieved a considerable amount of cult cinema popularity with her often lively and delightful contributions to a handful of enjoyably down'n'dirty 1970s blaxploitation features. She was born Carolyn Stewart on March 14, 1945, in Bakersfield, California.

Speed then appeared in Bummer (1973), in telefilms including The Girls of Huntington House, Love Hate Love, Getting Away From It All and The Psychiatrist and in the 1973 pilot for the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie Tenafly.

After taking a hiatus from acting following a turn in Disco Godfather (1979), Speed was hired for a small part in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997) but backed out at the last minute, her family said. Her final acting credit came in Village Vengeance (2006).

A singer-songwriter, Speed performed her own compositions “I Can Make It” for The Girls of Huntington House and “My Soul Is a Witness” for Abby.

She also wrote Inside Black Hollywood, published in 1980, and The Georgette Harvey Story, published in 2002, and contributed to another book, 2004’s Gods in Polyester, or a Survivors’ Account of 70s Cinema Obscura.

Survivors include her grandson, Marc, and sister Barbara. Cards or donations can be sent to C. Speed, 18402 N. 19th Ave. #169, Phoenix, AZ 85023.

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