She’s a veteran TV/film actress, but Bebe Drake’s name might not ring a bell for many people. However, her characters are always remembered by fans of Old School TV shows like “Martin” and “Good Times.”
Bebe Drake started her career in the early ‘70s while being in college when she joined The Son’s And Ancestor Players, a group of African American students performing in theatre. In 1975, she made her first appearance on screen in the film “Report to the Commissioner,” and after other small roles, she got cast in the short-lived sitcom “Sanford Arms” as Jeannie, Phil's girlfriend.
She’s also known for her roles as Savannah, Sweet Daddy’s main girl on “Good Times,” Mrs. Jackson, Marcus’ mother in “Boomerang” and Velma Gaines on “A Different World.” However, it was her performance in one of the most hilarious episodes of “Martin” that earned her the public’s recognition.
She gave life to Myra, Stan Winters’ girlfriend, and in one of the most memorable scenes of the series, Myra goes to Sheneneh's hair salon only to lose all her hair after Gina treated her hair. The ladies of the salon convinced her that she looked like the new Grace Jones, and Myra rocked her bald head.
Bebe has been in the industry for more than four decades, and even though she’s very private and doesn’t share details about her personal life, we know that she’s still doing what she loves the most.
She’s not only still acting in stage plays, but she also tried voice-acting on the Cartoon Network’s animated series “The Boondocks,” where she lent her voice to “Grandmother.”
According to her IMDB page, her most recent acting credit on TV was as Harriet Tubman in Comedy Central’s comedy series, “Another Period.”
Even though time has passed, Bebe still looks amazing at her age, and her talent remains intact.
She doesn’t have any social media, but thanks to some friends we have photos of her from the last few years. We’re glad that Bebe is still doing fine and doing what she loves the most, which is acting, even if it’s not on screen.
Watch Bebe's acting on the short "What Goes Around Comes Around" a few years ago: