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PASSINGS: Yvette Wilson, Margie Hyams

Yvette Wilson

Actress on 'Moesha,' 'The Parkers'

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Yvette Wilson, 48, a stand-up comedian and actress best known for her roles on the TV sitcom "Moesha" and its spinoff, "The Parkers," died Thursday after a battle with cervical

cancer

.

Wilson's friend Jeffrey Pittle, who organized a

.

After a start in stand-up comedy, Wilson landed her first acting roles in the 1993

ABC

sitcom "Thea" and in the films "House Party 3," "Friday" and "Poetic Justice."

Wilson portrayed Andell Wilkerson, owner of the popular hangout The Den on "Moesha," a 1996 UPN sitcom that starred R&B singer

Brandy

. After five seasons Wilson joined "The Parkers" for five more seasons.

A Los Angeles native, Wilson also appeared on

HBO

's "Def Comedy Jam."

In recent years, she had managed a music label and worked in real estate in the Los Angeles area, according to her manager, Holly Carter.

--

Margie Hyams

, 91, a vibraphonist who played with bandleaders

Woody Herman

and

George Shearing

as well as with her own jazz trio in the 1940s, died Thursday of renal failure at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, said her daughter Lisa Ericsson. Born Aug. 9, 1920, in New York, Hyams played the vibes with Herman's First Herd in 1944 and '45, then formed a trio and also appeared with Mary Lou Williams and Charlie Ventura until 1949, when she was invited to join Shearing,

. She was a member of

and recorded with it the classic

She retired in 1950 after marrying William Ericsson.

-- Times staff reports

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