is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, and political activist. She is best known for her roles as Rita in Remember My Name
, Beatrice "Geechee" in Cross Creek
, Jane in Grand Canyon
, Doris Robson on the NBC
drama series Hill Street Blues
, and Dr. Roxanne Turner on the NBC medical drama series St. Elsewhere
For Disney, she voiced Maisie in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, Polly Henry/Narrator in the short film John Henry, and Plio in the 2000 CGI film Dinosaur. She also played Miriam Sharpe in Captain America: Civil War, Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time, Mary Thomas in "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story", Ann Orkin in The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, and Mariah Dillard on the Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage. Additionally, she will voice Sarabi in the 2019 version of The Lion King.