I’m sure the Mrs. Bookman from Good Times actress is still well-remembered by the old school family! Marilyn Coleman played Violet Bookman, Grandmama in “Menace II Society,” and Mrs. King in “The Five Heartbeats,” among other memorable roles.
And for my true “old schools,” she played Sister Sarah alongside Richard Pryor in “Which Way Is Up?” We were devastated to learn about her passing when studying “old schoolers.” However, we came upon a touching film that her grandchild had created for her memorial service.
She loved music and had a singing voice that had been recorded on tape when she was younger. It was undoubtedly a welcome surprise. Marilyn started singing professionally at a young age, but by the late 1960s, she had moved to Hollywood to try her luck there.
She then started getting roles in movies and on television, including the well-known Rudy Ray “Dolemite” Moore blaxploitation/comedy film Disco Godfather (1979) and the blaxploitation spoof comedy I’m Gonna Get You Sucka (1989). Good Times, Lou Grant, The Love Boat, Family,
The White Shadow, and Amen are just a few of the TV shows where she has appeared. Now that she is well-known thanks to these hit movies and TV shows, Marilyn’s passion for music was also visible in her private life.
She first wed jazz vocalist Fred Coleman after her first marriage to jazz drummer Fred Allen ended in divorce. Check the post honouring Marilyn Coleman’s life. In addition to her three daughters, two brothers, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren,
Marilyn passed away in Philadelphia on June 25, 2013. Coleman passed away in 2013, but thanks to her work on shows and films like “Good Times,” “Menace II Society,” “The Meteor Man,” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” She is still there in our memories and hearts as “Mr. Goodbar.”