PASSINGS: Yvette Wilson, Margie Hyams

Yvette Wilson

Actress on ‘Moesha,’ ‘The Parkers’

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 fund to help with her medical bills confirmed her death.


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, the blind piano virtuoso. She was a member of his original quintet and recorded with it the classic “September in the Rain.” She retired in 1950 after marrying William Ericsson.

-- Times staff reports

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