Queen Latifah’s ‘On-screen Girlfriend’ In ‘Set It Off’ Has A Legendary‘ 70s Actress Mom
None of us familiar with this actress’ name, but anyone who has seen Set It Off recalled her face. Her name is Samantha and she have done the role of “Cleo’s” (Queen Latifah) mute girlfriend, “Ursula,” in the ’96 movies. All she did was kiss Queen Latifah and never discussed.
Remember how Queen Latifah had everyone talking when her “Eve” look-alike girlfriend was giving her a sexy lap dance/tease later “Cleo” and her girls robbed the bank? “Cleo” had tricked out her vehicle and bought “Ursula” some new lingerie and later their convincing romance,
the questions began surfacing about Latifah’s sexuality and the “Ursula” actress’ whereabouts (since no one had quite much seen her since). Later watching Set It Off again not so far for what looked like my 100th time (okay, not really 100 times…but the number’s high up there),
we planned to do a lil’ bit of research on Samantha. What we discover out was that all these years have gone by and we never knew that this well famous actress from the ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond, is her mom. If you’ve watched you’re an avid Good Times or Star Trek fan,
you probably remember her mom’s roles well. The “Set It Off” mute’s mom is none other than Janet MacLachlan. Remember her? She was the actress who appeared on the “Florida Gets a Job” episode of Good Times when Gary Coleman snatched her wig off of her head and she yelled,
“Oh! I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life?!!” That scene was CLASSIC and who would have ever wondered that her lil’ girl would end up being “Cleo’s”
girlfriend some twenty plus years after?!! You may also remember Janet from her more popular roles in and episode of Star Trek as “Lt. Charlene Masters,” where she was one of the first African American star to appear on that series.
She was also one of the first Black actresses to rock an afro on a TV show in the ‘60s. Janet also starred in several other characters, such as an episode of the series, I Spy, where she appeared alongside Bill Cosby as one of the beautiful double agents we’d ever seen.
She was on the Alfred Hitchcock Hour show, Barney Miller, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Monkey’s Paw, The Invaders, The FBI, Ironside, The Mod Squad, The Name of the Game, The Sounder, Murphy’s Law, the Boy Who Could Fly, and so many other movies and TV shows throughout her 50+ year career.