Suzzanne Douglas - Updated Jun 2024

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Suzzanne Douglas

Suzzanne Douglas is a late American actress. Suzzanne Douglas is a popular award-winning stage and screen actress whose work has taken her through all aspects of the creative process. Meanwhile, she is most notable in the Whitney Houston-led film “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996).

Early Life

Suzzanne Douglas was born on the 12th of April 1957, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. Sadly, she died at the age of 64 and held American nationality. She has a birth sign of Aries and belongs to the African-American ethnicity. Meanwhile, her religious beliefs are yet to be disclosed.

Following her family background, she was born to her father Donald Douglas Sr., and her mother, Lois Mae Douglas. She was one of four children of her parents and her siblings’ names are still unknown.

As a child, she grew up in the Altgeld Gardens Homes public housing complex on the city’s far south side. As a child, she became interested in the arts, citing The Sound of Music from 1965 as her inspiration for acting.


She went to Thornton Township High School and completed her high school education in the year 1975. After completing her high school education, she enrolled at Illinois State University; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After this, she received a Master’s degree in music specializing in Jazz Vocals at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.

Professional Career

Suzzanne Douglas began her acting career in the 1980s with roles in the films “Tap” (1989) and “The Inkwell” (1994). She also appeared in several TV shows, including “The Cosby Show,” “Law & Order,” and “NYPD Blue.” In 1999, she starred in the TV movie “The Parent ‘Hood,” which led to a regular role on the show.

One of her most notable film roles was in the Whitney Houston-led film “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996), in which she played the role of Julia Biggs, the wife of a pastor. She also starred in the 2003 film “School of Rock” as Rosalie Mullins, the principal of the school.

Suzzanne Douglas

Caption: Suzzanne Douglas in the Whitney Houston-led film, The Preacher’s Wife (Source: Disney Plus)

Additionally, she also had a successful career in theater, appearing in productions of “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Into the Woods,” and “The Threepenny Opera,” among others. She received critical acclaim for her role in the 2015 Broadway revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

Douglas had a varied and successful acting career, earning a reputation as a talented performer on stage, on television, and in film. Her contributions to the entertainment industry will be remembered for years to come.

Besides acting

She was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, where she served on its national executive board for thirteen years as the Honorary Co-chair of the Arts and Letters Commission. Meanwhile, she was a lifelong member of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda (a national leadership and honors organization), and Jack and Jill of America.


Douglas was a talented actress who received recognition for her work throughout her career. In 1991, she won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in the film “The Inkwell.” Meanwhile, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role in the film “Tap” in 1989.

In 2015, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the Broadway revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. She also received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance in the play “Black Pearl Sings!” in 2011.

Net Worth 2024

At the time of her death, Douglas’s net worth was estimated around $5 million. Meanwhile, her annual salary is under review.

Relationship Status

Talking about her personal life, Suzzanne Douglas married Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb on 11 February 1989 in front of her family and friends. Professionally, her husband is a neuro-radiologist and they were together until her death. With the marriage, the couple has a daughter named Jordan. Till the time of her death, she was not a part of controversy or rumors.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Suzzanne Douglas posing for a photo (Source:

This beautiful woman stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and her weight is average. Meanwhile, she has a pair of dark brown eyes with black hair color and her other body measurements are not yet known.

Social Media

Suzzanne Douglas is no longer alive in this world. Suzanne was unavailable on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.