Chicago-born actress Beverly Todd began her acting career on-stage, appearing in plays such as Deep Are the Roots and No Strings in New York and London. She embarked upon her film career in the ’70s, immediately making a major impact with a string of memorable roles in films like The Lost Man, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, and Brother John, as well as in the legendary miniseries Roots. As the ’80s began, Todd’s roles became more varied, as she exploring her comedic side in movies like Baby Boom and Moving. This trend continued throughout the ’90s and 2000s, as Todd enjoyed working on projects that fell all over the spectrum, from the high-school docudrama Lean on Me to a guest role on the sitcom A Different World and a recurring part on the hit HBO series Six Feet Under to the Oscar-winning Crash. In 2007, she had a supporting role in the Morgan Freeman/Jack Nicholson vehicle The Bucket List.