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William Allen Young, who played Moesha's father on 'Moesha,' said co-star Yvette Wilson was 'a divine spirit.' The actress died on June 14, 2012.
'Even if we had a tough show she never ever missed an oppurtunity to hug the kids and talk to them and spend time with them,' the actor told OnTheRedCarpet.com, regarding the TV studio audience members who watched their tapings. 'She was a tremendous giver. She worked harder than anybody.'
Wilson starred on the show for the first five out of the six seasons it aired and reprised her role on a spin-off, 'The Parkers,' which starred Oscar winner Mo'Nique and ran between 1999 and 2004. Wilson quit acting about a year later. During her time as a standup comic, she performed in clubs around the United States and appeared on Russell Simmons' 'Def Comedy Jam" on HBO.
Young had directed Wilson on a couple of episodes of 'The Parkers.'
'She was as giving and gracious as she was when I was working with her [as an actor] on 'Moesha,'' he said. 'I required certain things of her as a director and she gave it, asking, 'Do you need anything else?' She was always willing to give more.'
Young also praised Wilson's standup skills.
'I just remember that smile and her making us laugh,' he added. 'She would always invite us when she was performing locally in town. She was one of the funniest conics out there because she was original, she was creative, she drew from her personal life and experiences but she knew how to put a twist on it to make it relevant to everybody and I think that's why she connected so well with audiences. Never saw her bomb on stage.'
(Pictured: William Allen Young appears in a 2008 publicity photo.)
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