Mabel King

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Mabel King
Birth name Donnie Mabel Elizabeth Washington
Born December 25, 1932 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Died November 9, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA from complications of diabetes
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
What's Happening!! Mabel Thomas 1976–1978 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Fantasy Island (1978) Lelani 1x02 - Bet a Million / Mr. Irresistible February 4, 1978
Fantasy Island (1978) Bertha Jones 2x16 - Photographs / Royal Flush January 27, 1979
Barney Miller Mother Zilla 5x22 - Computer Crime March 15, 1979
The Master Willie 1x06 - Fat Tuesday March 9, 1984
The Jeffersons Mother Tobin 11x05 - Some Enchanted Evening November 18, 1984

Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Match Game 73 December 11-15, 1978

Awards and Accolades

Saturn Awards

(1 Nomination)


  • Was a gospel and nightclub singer
  • Didn't start acting until 1966 when she was in her mid-'30s
  • Married to Melvin King from 1967 to 1989; they had a son, Larry (who died in 1996)
  • Was a diabetic; lost one of her toes in 1986 and later lost both of her legs due to the condition
  • Suffered from a stroke in 1989 which left her left side partially paralyzed and virtually speechless for a year
  • Was a conservative Republican