Telma Hopkins

Telma Hopkins, born Telma Louise Hopkins on 28th October 1948, has been a U.S. actress and singer. She became famous after she joined as a member the pop music group named Tony Orlando and Dawn in 1970s as the group gave several songs that became number one. She also acted in a variety show entitled Tony Orlando and Dawn from the year 1974 to 1976. It was during the late seventies that Hopkins started her career in acting. She acted in several sitcoms that include Bosom Buddies (1980-1982), Gimme a Break (1983-1987), and Family Matters (1989-1997) to name just a few. She appeared in lead roles in several shows.

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Personal Life

Hopkins took birth in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., but spent her early life in Highland Park, Michigan. She had been raised by her grandmother. Her nationality is American, and she is of African-American ethnicity. There is nothing on record about her family background, parents, and siblings. There is no news about her educational achievements, too. However, it is reported that she had a deep interest in singing and acting from her very childhood.

Hopkins is presently a divorcee. She had married Donald B. Allen in 1970. They had been blessed with a male child whose name is not recorded. There developed conflicts between them, and she had a divorce with her husband in 1977. Since then, she is not reported to have developed any relationship or affairs with anyone. Also, there is no record of her present and past affairs besides her marriage with Donald.

As for Hopkins’ bodily features, she is 5’ and 6” in height, but her weight is not on record. There is no information about her vital statistics as well. However, her hair color is dark brown, and her eye color is also dark brown.


Hopkins’ career started in Detroit, Michigan as a singer in the background. She sang several Motown and Golden World hits and worked with such legendary acts as Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops. Tony Orlando drafted Hopkins along with Joyce Vincent Wilson and formed a vocal group called Dawn.

Talking about her debut in films and television shows, Hopkins played the character Daisy in “Roots: The Next Generations” of the ABC in the year 1979. During the same year, she appeared along with Eileen Brennan on the situational comedy “A New Kind of Family” of the ABC. In 1980, she acted in another sitcom entitled Bosom Buddies. Hopkins associated with the cast of “Gimme a Break” of NBC in 1983.

Hopkins started playing the character Rachel Baines-Crawford in the sitcom Family Matters of ABC in 1989. She disassociated herself with the series after performing in four seasons. After leaving Family Matters, Hopkins acted in another sitcom entitled “Getting By” which had been broadcast or aired for only two seasons during the years 1993 and 1994.

She starred in many other films and TV shows during her long career. As for achievements and awards, Hopkins was awarded “BET Comedy Award” for her performance in “Half & Half” in 2005. As per her biography, Hopkins’ net worth is estimated at $3 million.

18 Oct, 2018