Telma Hopkins, better known for her role as Rachel Crawford on the ‘90s sitcom “Family Matters,” is now in her seventies and looking as good as ever. She’s still active in the entertainment industry and is the proud mom of a grown-up son that is her exact carbon copy.
The singer and actress first came to prominence in Hollywood as part of the musical group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the ‘70s. With them, Telma released numerous chart-topping hits and also starred on the TV show “Tony Orlando and Dawn,” which lasted for three seasons on CBS.
However, after the group split in 1977, Hopkins made the jump from music to acting, and made appearances in series such as “Roots: The Next Generation,” “Bosom Buddies,” “Gimme a Break!,” “Getting By” and the famous “Family Matters.”
Telma was married to Donald B. Allen from 1970 until 1977, and they have a son J.D, that is the actress’ twin.
In pics shared by Hopkins alongside J.D—whom she calls her “best work”—on her social media accounts, fans can’t stop gushing about the striking resemblance between the two of them.
“Lovely family, your son looks just like you, Queen,” one user pointed out.
And another agreed, “Wow, like mom like son indeed! Beautiful family.”
It is not clear what does J.D does for a living, or how old he is, but Telma, on the other hand, is still delighting audiences both on screen and the stage with her talent.
Last Christmas, she reunited with Tony Orlando and Dawn for a national tour remembering their best hits and proving they still got the talented vocals and showmanship they’re known for.
On top of that, Telma is still acting. Her most recent work was as part of the cast of Netflix’ dramedy “Dead to Me,” where she gave life to one of the members of the grief support group that Christina Applegate’s character Jen joins in the first episode.
Although the streaming network hasn’t announced a second season of the show yet, some of its critics hope for Telma’s character to obtain a regular status if it happens.
Telma has mentioned before that she considers the people she works with to be like family, especially in series like “Half & Half” and “Family Matters.”
She reunited with the original cast of “Family Matters” in 2017, and she only had positive things to say about their experience in the series.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, she said:
“I think there’s just something really magical about this whole cast and the real feelings that are here. It wasn’t just for the screen; it was that kind of show where the family really did matter.”
Kellie Shanygne Williams, who gave life to Laura Winslow on the show, backed up Telma’s statement.
She grew up in the show, and Telma was a maternal figure for her through her teenage years. She said about the end of the series:
“I already knew that I would miss seeing you guys. I knew that my life would be different. I just remember experiencing the tremendous loss. I spent probably 42 weeks a year at Telma’s house during the weekends. She was like my other mother.”
Telma’s career doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and her fans couldn’t be happier about it.