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Telma Hopkins

Telma Louise Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and television actress. A member of the 1970s pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn, she later starred in several television sitcoms, including Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break!, Family Matters, Getting By, and Half & Half. As of 2011, she appears on a recurring basis as Marilyn Persons on the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? She started her career as a background singer in Detroit, Michigan, singing on many of the Golden World/Motown hits and working with legendary acts like The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye. In 1971, Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson were recruited by Tony Orlando to form the vocal group Dawn. (Orlando had released a single, "Candida"—performed with session vocalists Toni Wine and Linda November backing him, in late 1970, under the name Dawn; when the single charted, Orlando found himself needing to assemble an actual backing group to tour and record with.) As a recording act, Tony Orlando and Dawn would have much success throughout the second half of the 1970s, releasing 16 top-40 singles, three of which reached #1, and starring in a CBS variety show from 1974-1976. She played Darren Roanoke's mother in the The

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Tony Orlando & Dawn 'Memba Her?

Telma Hopkins first became famous as one of the chicks in the '70s group Tony Orlando & Dawn. She later starred on '80s sitcoms like "Bosom Buddies," "Gimme a Break" and "Family Matters."… READ MORE >