Telma Louise Hopkins (born on October 28th, 1948) is an American actor and singer from the United States. Hopkins gained notoriety when she was a part of the group pop of the 1970s called Tony Orlando and Dawn, with a number of top-charting songs.
Hopkins also appeared on Hopkins also appeared on CBS Variety program Tony Orlando and Dawn from 1974 until 1976, alongside Tony Orlando and Joyce Vincent Wilson. In the latter part of the 1970s,
Hopkins began her acting career as a lead character on several sitcoms like Isabelle Hammond on Bosom Buddies (1980-82), Adelaide “Addy” Wilson on Gimme a Break! (1983-87) and Family Matters (1989-1997) as Rachel Baines-Crawford. As the lead actress, Hopkins was on Getting By from 1993 to 1994.
In the final couple of years Hopkins has been a frequent participant in Half & Half (2002-06) as Phyllis Thorne, Are We Still Here? (2010-13) as well as The brief-lived Partners (2014). In the world of cinema,
Hopkins co-starred in 1984 science-fiction film Trancers and Trancers II and its sequels Trancers II (1991) and Trancers III (1992) and Trancers IV (2019) as well as acting in screen roles for The Wood (1999) and The Love Guru (2008).
Life outside of work and personal life
Hopkins was born at Louisville, Kentucky, Hopkins has been raised within Highland Park, Michigan. Hopkins had a wedding in the year 1970 to Donald B. Allen from 1970 to 1977. Together, they have one son.
Hopkins often volunteers for charitable causes. She has been involved in Caring for Babies with AIDS, Act on Arthritis and the PTA. She also mentors children.
Hopkins believes in inspirational radio and has granted permission to Jazz Joy and Roy’s radio show to incorporate her positive remarks on the show’s promos.
Hopkins stated on the show “I was taught by my grandmother who taught me that I was able to do anything I wanted to do as that I was determined to do my best for it.
Hopkins began her career as an instrumentalist at the age of 16 in Detroit, Michigan, singing on a variety of Golden World and Motown hits as well as working with famous acts such as The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye. She also sang with Isaac Hayes and can be heard famously yelling “Shut your mouth!” on Hayes famous hit track “Theme From Shaft”. in 1971 Hopkins as well as Joyce Vincent Wilson were hired from Tony Orlando to form the vocal group Dawn
Orlando had released singles “Candida” and “Knock Three Times” which he which he recorded along with his session singers Linda November and Toni Wine as backing vocalists under the name of Dawn and when the singles were charted, Orlando found himself needing to form a backing band to tour with and make records with.)
As a band, Tony Orlando and Dawn enjoyed great success during the second part of the 1970s, making 16 top-40 hits and three of them reaching #1and were featured on the CBS Variety show (entitled Tony Orlando and Dawn) from 1974 until 1976. The year 1977 was the year that Tony Orlando and Dawn announced their departure.
Film and TV
The year 1979 was when Hopkins began her career as an actor in the role of Daisy on The ABC mini-series Roots: The Next Generations. In the same year, she co-starred with Eileen Brennan on the short-lived ABC sitcom A New Kind of Family. In the following season, the actress was paired alongside Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in a second ABC sitcom called Bosom Buddies. The show was pulled in 1982 after two seasons. She also appeared in The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and The New Odd Couple in the early 1980s.
The year was 1983 when Hopkins became part of the ensemble on the NBC the sitcom “Gimme A Break! starring Nell Carter. Hopkins was Adelaide “Addy” Wilson, Nell’s childhood pal, until the show’s final episode in 1987. The year 1989 was when Hopkins was cast as Rachel Bines-Crawford on The ABC show The Family Matters. Hopkins left the show after four seasons as a regular cast member, and made guest appearances throughout the series until the show’s end in 1997.
She quit Family Matters for starring as the lead character in the ABC sitcom Getting By which ran from 1993 until 1994. She also played the role of shade to actress Reginald Vel Johnson on the 20th anniversary reunion of Family Matters.
Hopkins also had a number of roles in supporting films. She played engineer Ruth “Ruthie” Raines in 1984’s science-fiction film Trancers which starred Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt as well as it’s successors Trancers II (1991) and Trancers III (1992).
In later times she was in the role of Richard T. Jones’ mother in the love story movie The Wood as well as in 2008 she played Romany Malco’s mom in comedy The Love Guru. She played the lead role in JD Lawrence’s The Clean Up Woman in the month of October in 2008.
From 2002 to 2006 Hopkins played the role of a character on between 2002 and 2006 on the UPN comedy Half and Half with Rachel True, Essence Atkins and Valarie Pettiford. Hopkins was a regular character as a character on The Hughleys along with the sitcom Any day Now.
From 2010 until the year 2013, she co-starred with Terry Crews and Essence Atkins in the TBS sitcom Are We Still There?. She also portrayed Martin Lawrence’s mom on the FX sitcom Partners. In 2016 she was selected to play Jerrika Hinton’s mother on her role on the ABC Comedy pilot Toast which was produced by ShondaLand.