Rosalind Cash

Rosalind Cash

American singer and actress
Date of Birth: 31.12.1938
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Rosalind Cash
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Acting Career
  4. Legacy and Death

Biography of Rosalind Cash

Rosalind Cash was an American singer and actress, best known for her role as Lisa, Charlton Heston's love interest, in the cult science fiction film "The Omega Man" (1971), based on the novel by Richard Matheson. She also gained recognition for her performance in the realistic television drama "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," directed by Michael Schultz, and for her portrayal of Goneril in Edwin Sherin's classic play "King Lear."

Rosalind Cash

Early Life and Education

Rosalind Cash was born on December 31, 1938, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She attended Atlantic City High School, graduating with honors in 1956, and then went on to study at the City College of New York.

Rosalind Cash

Acting Career

Cash joined the legendary theater company Negro Ensemble Company in 1968, after establishing a successful singing career in nightclubs. She participated in off-Broadway projects such as "Junebug Graduates Tonight!" at the Chelsea Theater Center and also appeared on Broadway in the play "The Wayward Stork." However, she decided to leave the theater production of "The Great White Hope" at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and paid the theater an amount equivalent to two weeks' earnings in order to return to New York and work with a new theater company for African Americans.

In her first theater season with the Negro Ensemble Company, Cash performed in Peter Weiss's "The Song of the Lusitanian Bogey," Wole Soyinka's "Kongi's Harvest," and Richard Wright's "Sweet Daddy Goodness." The following year, she played the strong-willed daughter of Douglas Turner Ward's struggling barber character in the play "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," which marked her first significant success.

After achieving success in the theater, Rosalind Cash began to balance her career between theater and film. In 1980, she returned to the Negro Ensemble Company to star in the play "The 16th Round" by Samm-Art Williams. In Hollywood, Cash often had to fight against stereotypes imposed on her. She created a movement with only one main participant, herself, and was not afraid to express her own opinions, knowing that "if you scream loud enough, someone will hear you."

Cash appeared in films such as the thriller "Klute," the crime drama "Hickey and Boggs," and Richard Fleischer's "The New Centurions." She also portrayed Sarah Jackson in the comedy-action film "Uptown Saturday Night," became the first African American woman vice president in the thriller "Wrong Is Right," and played Dr. Cushing in the horror film "Tales From the 'Hood" (1995).

On television, Cash is known for her roles in the drama "Sophisticated Gents" directed by Harry Falk, the family film "Sister, Sister" with Diahann Carroll, the crime drama "A Killing Affair," and the telefilm "Go Tell It on the Mountain." She also played Mary Mae Ward in the soap opera "General Hospital."

Legacy and Death

Rosalind Cash, one of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company and one of the most versatile and talented actresses, passed away from cancer at the age of 56 in Los Angeles.