Who played Mary Alice in The Matrix? Tony Award-winning star’s roles explored as she dies aged 85

Actress Mary Alice died recently at the age of 85. She was recognized for her performance as Oracle in The matrix revolutions.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed that Alice died July 27 at her home. Mary’s cause of death remains unknown and details of her funeral have yet to be released.

RIP Mary Alice…the original Rose Maxson. You were one of the greatest actresses of all time!! Thanks for the work, the inspiration and thanks for Rose. Godspeed Queen ❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/Yv3CGGOrDE

Marie-Alice in The matrix revolutions

Mary Alice portrayed the Oracle in the third episode of The matrix franchise. Gloria Foster, who died in 2001, originally played the character in the first two films. However, after his death, the role was given to Alice.

The Oracle claimed to have the ability to see past her own choices, explaining that no one, including herself, could see past a choice they did not understand. It was later clarified that his power cannot be used to predict the fate of Neo, who possesses free will when resisting the Architect.

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Directed by Les Wachowski, The matrix revolutions was released on November 5, 2003. The film was a box office success despite receiving mixed reviews compared to the first two films.

Mary Alice’s journey as an actress

The actress first rose to fame for her role as Leticia “Lettie” Bostic on the NBC sitcom, A different world and later as Effie Williams in the musical drama sparkled.

Born on December 3, 1936, Mary showed her acting skills at a very young age and began working on stage. Her family later moved to Chicago when she was two, and she graduated from Chicago Teacher’s College. Subsequently, she joined a primary school as a teacher.

Mary Alice has appeared in several TV shows and movies (Image via XanaduFitness/Twitter)
Mary Alice has appeared in several TV shows and movies (Image via XanaduFitness/Twitter)

In the 1960s Alice returned to acting and was seen in three plays by Douglass Turner Ward. Between the years of 1969 and 1973, she did laundry for cast members and also performed in several productions at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in Manhattan’s East Village.

The actress continued to appear on stage and made her screen debut with the 1974 drama blaxploitation, Sonny Carson’s education. She has appeared on TV shows like Policewoman, Sanford and her son, all my children and A different world.

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Alice received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for I will fly away in 1993. She appeared in films like Malcolm X, The Inkwelland In the delta. The actress was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2000.

In addition to playing the Oracle in The matrix revolutionsshe portrayed the same character in the video game Enter the matrix.

The actress retired from acting in 2005.

Internet users pay tribute on Twitter

Mary Alice was a household name in the entertainment industry thanks to her flawless performances. Following news of her death, Twitter was flooded with people paying tribute to the actress.

RIP Mary Alice this legitimately spoke to me when I was 14 and she was a fantastic Oracle https://t.co/vu3PVTtfge

Mary Alice was an intense, fiercely creative, deeply authentic artist. His spirit of expression was contagious. An icon of the profession. I saw her in the original Broadway production of FENCES. A tour de force performance without equal. Transcendental. Once in a lifetime. TO TEAR APART https://t.co/jNROq2D09A

Several Twitter users remembered Alice in her most important roles, although some called her a “queen”.

RIP to the greatness that is Mary Alice! One of the greatest actors of all time… She had it all. Gratitude!

#TO TEAR APART the majestic Mary Alice. She based Rose in “Fences” on the women she grew up with in 1950s Chicago. They were “uneducated, lived before women’s liberation, and their identities were tied to their husbands. They put up with a lot of indignities”. bit.ly/3vLn9Mz

RIP to Mary Alice 🙏🏾 I was introduced to her as Lettie from ‘A Different World’ https://t.co/rsgU3pKBfu

RIP Mary Alice ❤️ A QUEEN!

RIP Mary Alice. I think the first thing I remember seeing her in was Beat Street. But she did a ton of work. A Different World, Inkwell, Sparkle, Women of Brewster’s Place. She did Sanford & Son and Good Times.

There’s absolutely incredible editing at the climax of Malcolm X, one of the best films of Lee’s career, and it’s enhanced by the sudden appearance of Mary Alice as a schoolteacher – what a presence. TO TEAR APART. https://t.co/l7SIeUsyQK

Detailed information about the personal life of the actress is unknown. As mentioned earlier, the cause of his death has still not been revealed.

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