According to the NYPD, Mary Alice, an Emmy and Tony Award winner best known to TV viewers for her roles in A Different World and Ill Fly Away, died on July 27 in New York City.
A cause of death has not been identified yet, and the actress' exact age was at the time of publication.
Alices television career began in the 1970s, with roles on series such as Police Woman, Sanford and Son (as Fred's little sister Frances), Good Times, The Doctors, and The Women of Brewster Place.
Alice won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 1988, after taking a break to tread the boards. (She would earn a second Tony nod in 1995 for her lead role in Having Our Say.)
Alice joined the NBC sitcom A Different World in 1988 as Leticia Lettie Bostic, a Hillman dropout with a colorful past who became the new resident director at Gilbert Hall.
In 1992, she joined the NBC period drama Ill Fly Away in the recurring role of Marguerite Peck, for which she would receive two Emmy Awards, the second time around.
Cosby, Touched by an Angel, Oz, and, most recently, the 2005 reboot of Kojak, are among her previous TV roles.
Alices roles include Sparkle, Awakenings, Malcolm X, Sunshine State, and The Matrix Revolutions, in which she played the Oracle.