Kaycee Moore, actress in black directors’ seminal films, dies at 77
His acting style, Mr. Woodberry, the director, said in an interview, was not naturalistic but realistic, informed by small expressions and actions and drawn from personal experience. “She’s a person who knew a lot about life,” he said of Ms. Moore, “and she could bring that to the character.”
Ms Moore then joined a cast of black actors in Julie Dash “Daughters of the Dust” (1991), which is widely regarded as the first film of a black woman to be widely released in the United States. In the film, Ms. Moore played Haagar Peazant, a disgruntled member of the island community of Gullah in the islands off South Carolina during Jim Crow’s time. Ms. Moore imbued the character, who wants to leave the community, with an iron will.
“The film is an extensive and wildly lyrical meditation on the power of African cultural iconography and the spiritual resilience of the generations of women who have been its custodians,” wrote Times critic Stephen Holden in 1992.
“Killer of Sheep” was one of the first 50 films entered into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990.
Kaycee Collier was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 24, 1944. Her mother, Angie Mae (Sandifer) Aker, was an activist and advocate for black Americans with sickle cell disease. Kaycee had seven siblings, two of whom died from sickle cell disease, inspiring her mother’s dedication to the cause, according to “Kansas City Women of Independent Minds,” a 1992 book by Kansas City historian Jane Fifield Flynn. . Kaycee’s father, Andrew Collier, died shortly after birth, Ms Flynn wrote.
She married John Moore Jr. in 1959 and then married Stephen Jones. She is survived by two children from her first marriage, John Moore III and Michelle Moore Swinton; her siblings Margaret Hall, Angie Ruth Wesley, Frances Collier and Jimmie Collier; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.