Wanda Maria Howell is an American actress and singer born in Gastonia, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She lived in Okinawa, Japan, from 1995-2001.
She worked as jazz singer and made her film debut in The movie Color Purple (1985). Wanda made guest appearances on Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives, The Game, Necessary Roughness, and The Vampire Diaries. She also co-starred in films include Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), Mississippi Damned (2009), The Blind Side (2009), and What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012).
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In 2013, she played Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Also in 2012, she was cast in recurring role of NBC series Revolution as Grace Beaumont, and in 2013 played Ida Hayes in Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids.