Telma-Hopkins
Telma Hopkins | Biography

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  • Full Name Telma Hopkins
  • Occupation Actress
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Birth Date Oct 28, 1948
  • Age 74 Years, 1 Months
Cast of ABC/CBS Sitcom 'Family Matters' 

Telma Hopkins | Biography

Former member of pop music group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the 1970s

Hopkins initially gained the spotlight as a member of the 1970s pop music group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the 1970s. She joined Tony Orlando and Dawn, as a singer and performer, alongside Tony Orlando and Joyce Vincent Wilson. She helped the group produce several chart-topping hits, including ‘Candida,’ ‘Knock Three Times,’ and ‘He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).’ 


Telma Hopkins is a veteran American singer and actress best known for her role as Rachel Crawford in the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters (1989-1997).

Who is Telma Hopkins?

Telma Hopkins initially rose to fame as a member of the 1970s pop music group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the 1970s. After the group disbanded in 1977, she transitioned from music to acting. 

She made her acting debut in 1979, guest-starring on television series like The Love Boat and A New Kind of Family. She quickly secured a series regular role as Isabelle Hammond in the comedy television series Bosom Buddies (1980-1982), alongside Tom Hanks. She then appeared as Addy Wilson on Gimme a Break! from 1983 to 1987. 

After that, Hopkins landed a breakout role as Rachel Crawford in the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters. She featured in 93 episodes of the show from 1989 to 1997. She played the mother of Richie Crawford (played by Bryton James) in the series. 

Some of her other notable television roles include Dolores Dixon on Getting By (1993-1994), Paulette Williams on The Hughleys (1999-2001), and Phyllis Thorne on Half & Half (2002-2006). She also guest-starred in multiple television series throughout her career, including Fantasy IslandThe Magical World of DisneyERFor Your LoveDear White People, and Better Things.

Besides television series, Hopkins appeared in several films, including Trancers (1984), Trancers II (1991), The Love Guru (2008), and Mysterious Way (2015). Her television movie credits include Marie (1979, The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982), Count on Me (1994), and Christmas Hotel (2019). Hopkins also appeared in a couple of short films, such as Trancers: City of Los Angeles (1988) and Rain (2001).

Additionally, Hopkins lent her voice to several animated television series, including Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1996), Batman Beyond (1999), Static Shock (2000), The Loud House (2019), and The Casagrandes (2019-2021).

Age & Early Bio

Telma Hopkins was born Telma Louise Hopkins in Louisville, Kentucky, on 28 October 1948. Hopkin’s age is 73 years as of 2021.

Hopkins moved to Michigan as a child. As a young adult, she relocated to Detroit, where she began her singing career, providing backup vocals for several artists, including Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hates, and The Four Tops.

Tony Orlando and Dawn

Hopkins joined Tony Orlando and Dawn, an American pop music group in the 1970s as a singer and performer, alongside Tony Orlando and Joyce Vincent Wilson. She helped the group produce several chart-topping hits, including ‘Candida,’ ‘Knock Three Times,’ and ‘He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).’ 

The group went their separate ways in 1977. Later, in 2018, Hopkins reunited with the group for a national Christmas tour, remembering their 1970s best hits. 

The group also ran a CBS variety show Tony Orlando and Dawn that aired for three seasons, from 1974 to 1976.

Recent Movies and Television Shows

In 2021, Hopkins appeared as Denise Tolliver in the CBS romantic drama series The Young and the Restless, reuniting with her Family Matters co-star Bryton James. She was cast in six episodes of the series from June to August 2021.

She also appeared as Nicole in the Lifetime comedy television movie Blending Christmas that released on 12 December 2021. Additionally, she appeared as Freya in the 2021 sci-fi action film The Matrix Resurrections, released in the USA on 22 December 2021.

Hopkins will star in the upcoming NBC pilot Dangerous Moms as Fatima, a highly spiritual woman who lives in and works as a manager at one of the buildings of Pia (Dascha Polanco). The series is based on Spanish series Señoras del (h)Ampa.

Husband and Son

Hopkins was married to her former husband, Donald B. Alen, from 1970 until their divorce in 1977. They have a son named JD. 

On 14 August 2014, Hopkins shared a picture on Facebook alongside her son, calling him her best work.

Telma Hopkins, her real son and reel daughter
Telma Hopkins with her real-life son and reel-life daughter in April 2018. (Photo: Instagram)

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