Belinda Gibson

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Belinda Gibson was a house slave on the plantation of Jane Green's family until young Jane married James and brought Belinda up north with her. Belinda has been a loyal and trusted servant to the Green family ever since, for as long as the children can remember. The war has turned her world upside down and yet, despite Jane's offer of freedom and the lure of new opportunities, she chooses to stay put out of loyalty, love and a practical realization that freedom may not be all it's cracked up to be. At least here in the Green home she has respect, three square meals a day and a roof over her head.

The main drawback, now that many of the servants have left, is that Belinda must fulfill a multiplicity of duties: lady's maid, seamstress, cook, laundress and housekeeper. Sometimes, she wonders if she has made the right choice, and continues privately to ponder her options.

L. Scott Caldwell on Belinda:

 “With Belinda and the Greens, she obviously chooses to stay. When she is told that she's free, she makes the choice to stay with this family. The alternate choice to staying would be leaving, going elsewhere and starting a life elsewhere, but once the word free was put before her and many others, it's like, well, what do I do now?” 

"Our story is going to follow some young black people on their journey towards freedom, and they'll also, at the same time, be looking at Belinda, who's standing kind of almost in cement, and I think the audience is probably going to be rooting for Belinda to shake off the cement and move towards something.”

Actor bio

L. Scott Caldwell, an award-winning actress, is known to audiences through her stage, screen and television work.

The Chicago native started her career as a company member of the famed Negro Ensemble Company, making her Broadway debut in the Tony- nominated play "Home." She starred last season as the first black millionaire, Madame CJ Walker, in "The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove" at the Goodman Theater, winning the Ruby Dee Award. She won an Obie for her performance in Lee Blessings’ "Going to St Ives," a Helen Hayes Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Neil Simon’s "Proposals" and the Tony for August Wilson’s "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone." She has starred in world premieres of plays by Wole Soyinka, Athol Fugard and Leslie Lee.

She recently shot the film "Concussion" and is remembered for roles in "The Fugitive," "Gridiron Gang," "Waiting to Exhale," "Mystery Alaska," "Dragonfly," "Devil in the Blue Dress," "The Net" and "Dutch." In 1994, she traveled to South Africa to star in Soweto Green with John Kani and Sandra Prinsloo. She also appeared in the Showtime documentary “That Gal…Who Was in That Thing” as herself.

Television viewers know her from her portrayal of Rose on ABC’s “Lost.” She was a series regular on the CBS dramedy “Queens Supreme” and had recurring roles on “Judging Amy,” “City of Angels,” “Southland,” “Low Winter Sun” and “ER.” She has guest-starred in more than 30 series and made-for-television movies, including episodes of “Madam Secretary,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Cold Case” and “Nip/Tuck.”

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