I played a lot of prostitutes very early in my career but as I matured I lost interest in them.
In 1987 Cash received the Black American Cinema Society's Phoenix Award, and in 1992 she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
Continuing to work in television, she appeared in The Cosby Show (1986), Thirtysomething (1987) and, finally, a recurring role in the daytime soap opera General Hospital.
In 1996, she was posthumously nominated for an Emmy Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for her role on General Hospital.
Cash also supplied the voices of Sesame Street Muppet Roosevelt Franklin’s mother and sister, Mary Frances, on the 1970 record album The Year of Roosevelt Franklin, Gordon’s Friend from Sesame Street.
Actress and singer best known for her role as Mary Mae Ward on the soap opera, General Hospital.
She graduated in 1956 from Atlantic City High School and later attended City College of New York.
Dramatic roles in American movies did not exist for these highly charged, charismatic black actresses. Simpson's wife (Simpson played a police officer, who has an affair with a white colleague) in the made-for-television feature A Killing Affair (1977).
Cash fared better with guest appearances in top-rated television shows of the 1970s including Kojak, Police Woman and Starsky and Hutch. In 1978 Cash came to Britain to appear with Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed in The Class of Miss Mac Michael, directed by Silvio Narrizano.
She said: We are so grateful to have a part that often we do roles that aren't us, that are old tired stereotypes we don't even believe in.
Then we sit and watch and we are embarrassed to see ourselves.
In this comedy drama set in an inner-city school for delinquents, Cash gave a sympathetic performance as a caring schoolteacher.