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Olivia Cole (1942 – 2018), won an Emmy for her role in “Roots”

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Also starred in “The Women of Brewster Place”

Olivia Cole, actress who won an Emmy award for her role in “Roots,” has died at the age of 75, according to multiple news sources. 

The actress died Jan. 19 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her agent, Susie Schwarz at SBB Partners, told Variety. The cause of death is currently unknown. 

Schwarz told Variety, “She was a very eccentric woman and a wonderful woman.” 


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Cole won a supporting actress Emmy for portraying Matilda in the groundbreaking mini-series “Roots.” 

She received an Emmy nomination for her role as real-life Presidential maid Maggie Rogers in “Backstairs at the White House.” and starred in the mini-series “The Women of Brewster Place,” which also starred Oprah Winfrey. 

Cole also made appearances on the big screen, with roles in “Heroes” and “Coming Home.” 

She made her screen debut in the daytime soap opera “Guiding Light” in 1969.

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