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Ta-Tanisha (born Shirley Cummings in Bronx, New York) is an African American character actress best known for her appearance as Pam Simpson on the television show Room 222, which she appeared on from 1970 to 1972. Ta-Tanisha appeared in the 1973 film The Sting, and Janet Lawrence, a Sanford Arms tenant, appeared on Sanford and Son as "The Sanford Arms" tenant Janet Lawrence.
Ta-Tanisha has appeared on Good Times three times (in three separate roles), as well as on What's Happening! !
Lee Weaver, a veteran of the United States, is her husband.
Ta-Tanisha and Weaver reside in Bronx, New York.
Leis La-Te, the couple's one daughter, has one daughter.
She has been married to actor Lee Weaver since July 10, 1971. They live in the Bronx and have one child, Leis La-Te, who is a child.
In the 1960s, Ta-Tanisha came from Detroit, Michigan. Ta-Tanisha began studying theatre at the Performing Arts Society Los Angeles (PASLA) in the early 1970s, where she appeared in several productions, including Blues for Mister Charlie and A Raisin in the Sun. At the Mark Taper Forum, Ta-Tanisha appeared in The Black Girl in Search of God.
Ta Tanisha began to appear on television shows and films such as Room 222 as Pam Simpson, Good Times, Sanford & Son, and the Mod Squad after a while. On the hit show Mission: Impossible (1966 TV series), she co-starred as a deaf mute and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for her role. The Sting, an Academy Award-winning film, stars Ta-Tanisha.
Ta-Tanisha was inspired to develop a Media literacy scheme for inner-city youth, and it was displayed at a local art center and as an after-school initiative in collaboration with Los Angeles City Schools and Girls, Inc.
After the city's early '90s uprising, Ta-Tanisha received an award from the City of Los Angeles for "assisting the city in repairing the area."
Currently Ta-Tanisha is a member of the Repertory Dance Theater of Los Angeles and is part of a group that is implementing an after-school education program. Miz Biddy has written a play about Biddy Mason, an enslaved African woman who never learned to read or write; Ta-Tanisha has also written a play about him. The play is still in progress.