Telma Hopkins Biography

Telma Hopkins is an American singer and actress who gained prominence as a member of the 1970s pop music group ‘Tony Orlando and Dawn’. She has also made a name for herself in the film industry, with notable roles in movies such as ‘Trancers’ and ‘The Love Guru’. Hopkins began her acting career with a minor role in the miniseries ‘Roots: The Next Generations’ and later gained recognition for her role in the comedy series ‘A New Kind of Family’, which earned an Emmy nomination. She has also appeared in successful films like ‘The Wood’ and has showcased her talent on the variety show ‘Tony Orlando and Dawn’. Currently, she can be seen in the TV series ‘Partners’ and has made a guest appearance on ‘Two Broke Girls’.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Telma Louise Hopkins
  • Age: 75 Years, 75 Year Old Females
  • Family: Spouse/Ex-: Donald B. Allen (m. 1970–1977)
  • Height: 5’6″ (168 cm), 5’6″ Females
  • U.S. State: Kentucky
  • City: Louisville, Kentucky

Childhood & Early Life

Telma Louise Hopkins was born on October 28th, 1948, in Louisville, Kentucky. Hopkins was raised by her grandmother. There is no information revealed to the public regarding her childhood and parents.

Singing Career

Telma Hopkins initially began her career as a background singer. She became known for her work with famed singer Marvin Gaye, as well as with the quartet The Four Tops. She also worked as a backup vocalist for the popular singer Isaac Hayes.

Later in 1971, she was recruited by Tony Orlando to form a new music group. The band ‘Tony Orlando and Dawn’ released several hit singles in the 1970s, some of them being ‘Candida’, ‘Knock Three Times’, and ‘Summer Sand’. The band enjoyed considerable success before announcing their retirement in 1977. The group also created and appeared in a self-titled variety show.

Acting Career

Telma Hopkins began her acting career with a minor role in the American TV miniseries ‘Roots: The Next Generations.’ Her first significant role was in the American TV series ‘A New Kind of Family’. It aired only for one season.

Her popularity increased after her role in the 1984 sci-fi film ‘Trancers’. Directed and produced by Charles Band, the film revolved around a police detective who travels back in time to take revenge from his old enemies.

She continued entertaining her audience through her work in various TV shows, including ‘The New Odd Couple’, ‘The Love Boat’, and ‘Gimme a Break!’ She played a cameo role in the 1988 film ‘Pulse Pounders’, which was followed by a minor role in the 1990 film ‘Vital Signs’.

In 1991, she reprised her role in the sci-fi film ‘Trancers II’. The following year, she appeared in ‘Trancers III’, the third and last installment of the Trancers series.

She continued her work on television though she has not been seen in films much since. She played an important role in the American TV series ‘Half & Half’. It aired from 2002 to 2006. Her most recent significant work was her role in the TV series ‘Partners’. It aired in 2014, covering ten episodes.

Major Works

One of Telma Hopkins’ most significant work is her appearance in the ‘Trancers’ film series. Hopkins acted in three films of the series: ‘Trancers’, ‘Trancers II’ and ‘Trancers III’. All three were directed by Charles Band. The series revolved around a group of warriors, fighting different criminals armed with high-technology, in order to save the world.

Another one of her most significant works is her role in ‘Bosom Buddies’, an American comedy series. The series aired from 1980 to 1982, covering two seasons. The series revolved around two single men struggling in their careers, who have to disguise themselves as women in order to rent an apartment. The show earned a lot of popularity and eventually gained a cult following.

Personal Life

Telma Hopkins married Donald B Allen in 1970. The couple had one child and divorced in 1977.

Known for her charitable works, she has worked with several organizations such as ‘Caring For Babies with AIDS’ and ‘The Parent Teacher Association’.

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