Shirley Hemphill Biography
Birthday: July 1, 1947 (Cancer)
Born In: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Shirley Hemphill was an American standup comedian, best known for her role in the comedy sitcom, ‘What’s Happening!!’. Born and raised in Asheville, she earned her degree in Physical Education from Morristown College and then returned to her hometown to work in a nylon manufacturing unit. It was while working there, that she began to perform as a standup comedian, eventually moving to Los Angeles, where she began to perform at The Comedy Store. Very soon, her acts got noticed and at the age of twenty-nine, she debuted on television, bagging the role of Shirley Simmons in ‘What’s Happening!!’ later in the same year. Thereafter, she continued appearing on television, sometime in recurring roles and sometime as guest artist, concurrently traveling across USA to perform in various nightclubs as well as at The Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles. At the age of fifty-two, she died from renal failure.