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Old 11-19-2011, 06:04 AM   #1
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Default The Wonderful Anna Maria!

It absolutely KILLS me when I hear/read that other people find the character, Thelma, whiny and annoying. For me, SHE MADE THE SHOW!
Now, I'm a huge fan of Sherman's and I love Clifton, Roz, and several of the other regular cast, (prior to Season 5). However, Thelma kept me watching.

Not only is Anna a fabulous actress, but she was entirely unique. There was never then, or now, to my knowledge, any character quite like Thelma.

Let's dissect this: She wasn't well-rounded at all. She couldn't cook, she was clumsy, and, well yes, whiny and spoiled, with an overall dull life. The things she did best were keep house nicely, and maintain consistent and sincere devotion to the Reverend and to her father. She was a kind person for the most part, and genuinely cared for those she became close to. Definitely someone you'd want in your corner!
Yet, as a middle-aged, housebound, spinster, she packed enough punch to keep me and many others locked to the screen weekly. I suppose what I'm saying is, Anna Maria Horsford has got to be a damn great actress to make an otherwise uninteresting character, magical! SHE made the character! Not the reverse.

I LOVE the whining! And it's not just the whining. It's HOW she whined! The tantrum throwing, whiny, nagging, thirty-something, adult woman, was created and perfected in Anna Maria Horsford's, Thelma Frye!
Thank you, thank you, Anna, for so much!

The show, Amen, is a treasure. It is terrible that no DVD release has been made available.
It is worse that no amazing, leading, or strong supporting roles, have been designed for anyone from the show's cast. Amen last aired in 1991. While I'm glad that she and the others are working here and there, it's shameful that such talent is being neglected.
Horsford, Hemsley, and Davis deserve their own shows! And I'd like to see Ryan and Montgomery placed in some major roles.
Now please! No one's getting any younger!
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It absolutely KILLS me when I hear/read that other people find the character, Thelma, whiny and annoying. For me, SHE MADE THE SHOW!
Now, I'm a huge fan of Sherman's and I love Clifton, Roz, and several of the other regular cast, (prior to Season 5). However, Thelma kept me watching.

Not only is Anna a fabulous actress, but she was entirely unique. There was never then, or now, to my knowledge, any character quite like Thelma.

Let's dissect this: She wasn't well-rounded at all. She couldn't cook, she was clumsy, and, well yes, whiny and spoiled, with an overall dull life. The things she did best were keep house nicely, and maintain consistent and sincere devotion to the Reverend and to her father. She was a kind person for the most part, and genuinely cared for those she became close to. Definitely someone you'd want in your corner!
Yet, as a middle-aged, housebound, spinster, she packed enough punch to keep me and many others locked to the screen weekly. I suppose what I'm saying is, Anna Maria Horsford has got to be a damn great actress to make an otherwise uninteresting character, magical! SHE made the character! Not the reverse.

I LOVE the whining! And it's not just the whining. It's HOW she whined! The tantrum throwing, whiny, nagging, thirty-something, adult woman, was created and perfected in Anna Maria Horsford's, Thelma Frye!
Thank you, thank you, Anna, for so much!

The show, Amen, is a treasure. It is terrible that no DVD release has been made available.
It is worse that no amazing, leading, or strong supporting roles, have been designed for anyone from the show's cast. Amen last aired in 1991. While I'm glad that she and the others are working here and there, it's shameful that such talent is being neglected.
Horsford, Hemsley, and Davis deserve their own shows! And I'd like to see Ryan and Montgomery placed in some major roles.
Now please! No one's getting any younger!

Well, she did get on my nerves with all of that but at the same time, she was entertaining. I often do Thelma-isms and Jackee-isms. LOL. I loved how Thelma would go "Daaaadyyy" LOL. I always got a kick out of it.
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The poster brung up a interesting point and I never realized that this show has no DVD releases. I would definitely buy them because I only rememeber watching the show on NBC in 1988.
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It absolutely KILLS me when I hear/read that other people find the character, Thelma, whiny and annoying. For me, SHE MADE THE SHOW!
Now, I'm a huge fan of Sherman's and I love Clifton, Roz, and several of the other regular cast, (prior to Season 5). However, Thelma kept me watching.

Not only is Anna a fabulous actress, but she was entirely unique. There was never then, or now, to my knowledge, any character quite like Thelma.

Let's dissect this: She wasn't well-rounded at all. She couldn't cook, she was clumsy, and, well yes, whiny and spoiled, with an overall dull life. The things she did best were keep house nicely, and maintain consistent and sincere devotion to the Reverend and to her father. She was a kind person for the most part, and genuinely cared for those she became close to. Definitely someone you'd want in your corner!
Yet, as a middle-aged, housebound, spinster, she packed enough punch to keep me and many others locked to the screen weekly. I suppose what I'm saying is, Anna Maria Horsford has got to be a damn great actress to make an otherwise uninteresting character, magical! SHE made the character! Not the reverse.

I LOVE the whining! And it's not just the whining. It's HOW she whined! The tantrum throwing, whiny, nagging, thirty-something, adult woman, was created and perfected in Anna Maria Horsford's, Thelma Frye!
Thank you, thank you, Anna, for so much!

The show, Amen, is a treasure. It is terrible that no DVD release has been made available.
It is worse that no amazing, leading, or strong supporting roles, have been designed for anyone from the show's cast. Amen last aired in 1991. While I'm glad that she and the others are working here and there, it's shameful that such talent is being neglected.
Horsford, Hemsley, and Davis deserve their own shows! And I'd like to see Ryan and Montgomery placed in some major roles.
Now please! No one's getting any younger!
Well said!
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