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King's next most remembered role is that of Evillene the Witch , a role she originated in the stage musical The Wiz and reprised in Sidney Lumet 's film adaptation. She recorded on the Rama Records and Amy Records labels. She did not start acting until her mid thirties, in , when she played the role of Maria in the national touring play of Porgy and Bess. The following year, she appeared in the film version of the play. The role earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination for outstanding featured actress in a musical.
Mabel King, a talented actress, and singer who made her mark in sitcoms and Broadway musicals had a sad, and premature death. Mabel , who had made her debut on Broadway acting and singing in "Porgy and Bess" as Maria, passed away at 66 - sick and alone in a hospital, surrounded by strangers. Actress Mabel King who starred in "What's Happening!! Mabel , who had a powerful voice, started singing in church as a young girl in her native Charleston , and would eventually earn her living as a nightclub singer.