Irma P. Hall was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1937. After attending Briar Cliff College she transferred to Texas College. She eventually became a language teacher.

While working as a volunteer reporter for a Dallas newspaper, Irma met actor-director Raymond St. Jacques who was in pre-production for the film "Book of Numbers" in 1972. He hired her to do publicity but after overhearing Hall reading her poetry on the set, he cast her in a small role. Bitten by the acting bug, Irma began seeking more work. She formed the Dallas Minority Regional Theater with Reginald Montgomery and made her stage debut there in "Happy Endings." After Irma retired from teaching in 1984, she eventually relocated to Chicago where she began to appear in numerous stage productions including "Member of the Wedding," "Black Girl," her own play "Gentle Fire" and two productions which earned her the local Chicago theater prize, the Joseph Jefferson Award: the Steppenwolf production of "Steppin' Out" and the Chicago Repertory Company staging of "Have You Seen Zandile."

Irma would eventually land tv work, guest starring in such tv shows as "Dallas," "Touched By An Angel," "Judging Amy" and "The Bernie Mac Show." Her telefilm credits include "The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders," "The Long Hot Summer," "The George McKenna Story" and "To Sir With Love 2."

It wasn’t until 1996 that Irma would star in her breakthrough role as Aunt T in the film "A Family Thing" with James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall. Irma won rave reviews as the blind 88-year old woman who misses nothing and has to tell Duvall about his true family roots in the black community. She won the Chicago Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Other feature film roles include "Backdraft," "Steel," "Soul Food," "Midnight In The Garden of Evil," "Beloved," "Ladykillers" and "Collateral." Her performance in "Soul Food" earned Irma a NAACP Image Award.

Irma is divorced and the mother of two children.

Irma's film credits include the following:

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