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COVINGTON -- Ellia English is a hometown girl who made good. Born in Covington, she made it all the way to Hollywood and has appeared in a dozen movies and many more television shows and plays.
English, whose mother, Ella Mae English, still lives in Covington, came back to town in November and sat down with Kenneth Morgan, host of Channel 20 talk show "What's Your Story," to talk about her life in show business. The episode is currently running nightly at 9 p.m.
"She is from the area and most of the people here know her, and I feel like they would want to watch the show just to see how well she has actually done over her career," said Morgan, who also happens to be English's cousin.
English was reared in Covington along with her eight siblings by her mother and father, the late Baptist minister Rev. Calvin English. After high school, she attended Clark College in Atlanta and majored in music, then transferred to Georgia State University where she studied speech and drama. She later became an ensemble player at Alliance Theatre.
English then headed to New York, where she starred in numerous theatrical productions on and off Broadway, including "Ain't Misbehavin,'" "Dreamgirls," "Showboat" and "Nunsense." She has appeared in various television shows including "Weeds," "Empty Nest" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." English is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Helen King on "The Jamie Foxx Show." Movies featuring her include "Wildcats," "Good Luck Chuck" and "My Sister's Keeper."
English is now a published author with the release of her first book, "I Am That I Am" and is also a recording artist with a new single, "That's What Faith Is/You Gotta Believe It."
English can be seen on "What's Your Story" at 9 p.m. nightly on Channel 20 through Thursday. The show can also be viewed at www.cityofcovington.org by clicking on the Channel 20 link.