Armelia McQueen, Actress in 'Ain't Misbehavin' and 'Ghost,' Dies at 68

Armelia McQueen
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Armelia McQueen

She also was a television regular on 'Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Hart of Dixie.'

Armelia McQueen, the vibrant singer and actress who starred on Broadway in Ain't Misbehavin' and played Whoopi Goldberg's sister in Ghost, died Oct. 3 in Los Angeles following a brief illness, her family announced. She was 68.

McQueen also portrayed the Red Queen in 100 episodes of the Disney Channel series Adventures in Wonderland and recurred for four seasons as the chronic patient Shula Whitaker on the 2011-15 CW drama Hart of Dixie.

McQueen won a Theatre World Award for best debut performance for her turn in the original 1978-82 production of Ain't Misbehavin', working alongside the likes of Charlayne Woodard, Ken Page and Nell Carter, then reprised her role for an Emmy-winning special four months after the musical's closing and in Los Angeles.

She also appeared on Broadway in 1985's Harrigan 'n Hart and in a 1988-89 revival of Ain't Misbehavin' as well as in the national touring companies of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Showboat and Tommy.

Born on Jan. 6, 1952, in Southern Pines, North Carolina, McQueen was raised in New York City and trained for the theater at the HB Studio. Her acting career began with a role in the 1973 off-off Broadway revue Hot and Cold Heroes at the 13th Street Theater; her film debut came three years later in the cult classic Sparkle.

McQueen went on to appear in other movies including Quartet (1981), Action Jackson (1988), No Holds Barred (1989) and Bulworth (1998) and on such TV shows as All About the Andersons, JAG, That's So Raven, Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Survivors include her brothers, Robert and David. Donations in her memory can be made to The Actors Fund.