Dallas native and legendary actress Irma P. Hall talks career and diversity in the film industry

DALLAS (KDAF) – Legendary theater, film and television actress Irma Dolores Player Hall did it all.

Hall was born in Beaumont, Texas and grew up in Chicago.

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Before starting her film career, she worked as a school teacher in Dallas for two decades.

Her life would take an exciting turn in her thirties when she was discovered by actor and director Raymond St. Jacques, who offered her a role in his 1973 independent film Book of Numbers.

She had never acted before, but she quickly fell in love with acting and created a legendary acting career that continues to this day.

Hall has appeared in more than 100 films during her career.

One of her most notable film roles was Josephine Joseph, aka Big Mama, the wise and loving family matriarch in the 1997 drama Soul Food.

Her numerous acting awards include a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Film for Soul Food and a Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her appearance in the remake of The Ladykillers in 2004.

It has also influenced the local theater in North Texas. She co-founded the Dallas Minority Repertory Theater. She is also the Artistic Director of the African American Repertory Theater, helping aspiring actors make their dreams come true.

Hall currently resides in Dallas.

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