In the How to Get Away with Murder Season 2 finale episode “Anna Mae,” Annalise aka Anna Mae (Viola Davis) pays her mother Ophelia Harkness a visit. As with all mother/daughter relationships, they have their issues. Anna Mae’s visits takes a sharp turn south when an unexpected visitor -- her father -- walks in.
Her mother is portrayed by Cicely Tyson. The 91-year-old actress is known for her roles on Broadway (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) and in the films The Help (Constantine Jefferson), Because of Winn-Dixie (Gloria), Fried Green Tomatoes (Sipsey), Sounder (Rebecca Morgan), and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, among others. Tyson most recently appeared on House of Cards (Doris Jones). P.S. She was married to jazz legend Miles Davis for six years (1981-1988). How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10pm on ABC.
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