Mabel King, Evillene of Bway's The Wiz, is Dead at 66

News   Mabel King, Evillene of Bway's The Wiz, is Dead at 66 Mabel King, 66, who raised the roof in Broadway's The Wiz, as the wicked witch, Evillene, died Nov. 9 after a long illness, The New York Times reported.

Mabel King, 66, who raised the roof in Broadway's The Wiz, as the wicked witch, Evillene, died Nov. 9 after a long illness, The New York Times reported.

Ms. King, who was 66, made many television appearances, including a starring role in the 1970s sitcom "What's Happening!"

She sang the gospel-revival-like number, "No Bad News," in The Wiz on Broadway in 1975 and repeated the role of Evillene in the film version of the African-American take on "The Wizard of Oz."

The Times reported that her Broadway credits also included A Race With the Wind and The Women.

She was born in South Carolina, raised in Harlem and appeared as a guest on many TV shows, including "Barney Miller, " "The Jeffersons" and "Fantasy Island." Ms. King also played Steve Martin's mother in "The Jerk." Ms. King died in a hospital in California after an illness complicated by diabetes. She is survived by her mother, Rosalee Washington and sister Rose Washington, both of New York City. A son, Larry, predeceased her.

-- By Kenneth Jones