Had she been born twenty years later, I believe that she could have had a Whoopi Goldberg type career. Unfortunately, LaWanda Page was working in a time when black character actresses were regulated to second banana roles, which she mastered to perfection.
With the exception of Sanford and Son, LaWanda Page was rarely given the opportunity to shine, but based on her work in that series, as well as her short but memorable moments in the films Friday, Shakes the Clown and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, she proved that she was a gifted actress that made the most of every opportunity, no matter how small the part was.
In honor of Black History Month, I salute the talents of LaWanda Page. Whatever she was in I found myself always wanting more, and now that she's gone I can't help but wonder of the amazing work she could have left the world, had she had the opportunities of today.