One of four daughters, Telma Hopkins was raised by her grandmother in Detroit. Telma began her performing career as a backup singer for such superstars as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Issac Hayes, Dionne Warwick, and the Four Tops.

She first came into prominence as a founding member of Tony Orlando and Dawn. A string of hits, including the classic "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," led to a successful variety show for the group.

After the group broke up Telma started her acting career. Telma made her television acting debut as Daisy in the ground-breaking mini-series "Roots: The Next Generation." Other film credits include "Trancers," "Trancers II," "Vital Signs" and "The Wood."
Telma has guest starred in such tv shows as "The Love Boat," "Amen," "The Nanny" and "Suddenly Susan." She’s had recurring roles in "The Hughleys" and "Any Day Now" and she was a series regular in "A New Kind of Family," "Bosom Buddies," "Gimme A Break," "Family Matters" and "Getting By." Telma currently stars in the UPN series "Half & Half."

Throughout her career, Telma has been actively involved with many organizations. In addition to being the spokesperson for both the National P.T.A. and Act On Arthritis, she has also worked on behalf of McClaren Hall, Rainbow Camp, Hollygrove Group Home and Caring for Babies with AIDS.

Telma lives in Los Angeles with her son.

Telma's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Telma:

Telma Hopkins@Internet Movie Database
Telma Hopkins@Wikipedia
Telma Hopkins@UPNcyclopedia