Arnetia Walker

Arnetia Walker

Born in
Columbus, Georgia, USA

Arnetia Walker's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Big House TV Show
The Big House
Nurses TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Arnetia began her career shortly after entering high school. Only 16 years old she landed a part on Broadway in "The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window", starring Hal Linden. A few years after graduation she assumed her best known stage role in Michael Bennett's hit musical, "Dreamgirls". Arnetia holds the distinction of being the only actress credited with portraying all three dreamgirls. This lead to television guest-starring parts and her feature film breakout role as To-bel, in Paul Bartel's offbeat comedy, "Scene's From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills. In 1991, television viewers were introduced, to Arnetia when she created the role of head nurse Annie Roland, for the NBC comedy "Nurses". True to her musical roots, Arnetia continues to sing as well as write. She's just completed her first teleplay with her husband and continues to act in film and television.

  • Husband is ABC news anchor 'Elliott Francis' (qv). They have one son, Trevor.
  • Developed a gay following for her cabaret act.
  • Was the original Dorothy standby to 'Stephanie Mills (I)' (qv) in the Broadway production of "The Wiz" (1975).
  • Mother died when she was an infant.
  • Is the only actress who has played all three Supreme-like singing roles on stage in the smash musical hit "Dreamgirls."
  • Was a drama major at the School of Performing Arts when she earned a singing role on Broadway in 1972.

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