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Shirley Hemphill - Waitress from Whats Happening!!

Shirley Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 - December 10, 1999) was an American stand-up comedian and actress who was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She was best known for her role on the popular television situation comedy What's Happening!!, which ran from 1976 to 1979.

Throughout her career Shirley performed her stand-up routine on a number of popular TV shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, A&E's An Evening at the Improv, BET's Black Comedy Showcase and Black Comedy Tonight. She was also a regular at The Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles.

On December 10, 1999, Shirley died of kidney failure at her home in suburban Los Angeles, California. She was reportedly found dead by her gardener.

Shirley died nearly a month after her What's Happening!! co-star Mabel King

Today I was remembering my

Today I was remembering my cousin Shirley. It seemed like it all happened at once. Her mother, my Aunt passes one year and then soon after we lose Shirley. Getting older and looking at old pictures seemed to bring everything back...RIP.

I miss you, I still watch

I miss you, I still watch what's happening just to see you. You really crack me up!

Re: Shirley Hemphill - Waitress from Whats Happening!!

I remember Shirley Hemphill on What's happening as a funny actress. She will be missed.

Re: Shirley Hemphill - Waitress from Whats Happening!!

hey i didn't know Mabel king died OMG

Re: Shirley Hemphill - Waitress from Whats Happening!!

Shirley Hemphill She was a true comedian back in the day

Re: Shirley Hemphill - Waitress from Whats Happening!!

WOW I REMEMEMBER HER IN THE ONE SHOW IN GOOD TIMES AS A DIMWIT SISTER OF A GIRL WHO TRY TO ROB THE EVANS AND WHATS HAPPENING WAS SO FUNNY WITH I WILL MISS HER FOR MAKING ME AND OTHERS LAUGH...

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