Anna Maria Horsford
Anna Maria Horsford
Anna Maria Horsford appeared as "Dee" Baxter on The Wayans Bros. TV sitcom.


(1948-03-06) March 6, 1948 (age 72)


Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.



Years active


Wayans Bros. character

Diedre "Dee" Baxter

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Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948)[1] appeared as Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros.. Outside of TWB, Anna is perhaps best known for her roles as Thelma Frye on the NBC-TV sitcom Amen, and as Craig Jones' mother Betty in the comedy films Friday and Friday After Next. Currently, she portrays Helen on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.

Early lifeEdit

Horsford was born in Harlem, New York, the daughter of Lillian and Victor A. Horsford, an investment real estate broker.[2] Her parents were from Antigua and the Dominican Republic. According to a DNA analysis, his ancestries are, mainly, Limba of Sierra Leone. [3] She attended Manhattan's School of Performing Arts, where she studied and perfected her acting abilities. Horsford is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.


Though she is known today for her work in front of the cameras, her first major role in television was as a producer for the PBS show, Soul!, hosted by Ellis Haizlip, which aired between 1967-1973. Horsford made guest appearances on such sitcoms as the NBC-TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, UPN's Sparks and Girlfriends and Moesha, FOX-TV's The Bernie Mac Show and The Shield, and CW's Everybody Hates Chris. She had a prominent role on the sitcom The Wayans Bros. as "Dee Baxter". More recently, she was seen in the first season of the ABC-TV medical-drama series Grey's Anatomy'.[4]


  1. Born in 1947 per check of "Anna Maria Horsford" giving age of 62 as of March 6, 2009
  2. Anna Maria Horsford Biography
  3. Anna Marie Horsford Ancestry Reveal
  4. IMDb logo Grey's Anatomy at the Internet Movie Database

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