Meet the Actress Who Started Acting at 88 & Lands huge role in 'Black Panther’ 3 years later


Indeed ‘age ain’t nothing but a number’! And it’s never too late to start anything, I mean anything…just like the lady below has proven.
How else do you explain the decision by Ms Dorothy Steel, the 91-year-old lady who became famous for her role as the ‘Merchant Tribal Elder’ in Marvel Studio’s rave of the moment flick-‘Black Panther’ to pursue career in acting at 88.
The actress, who turned 92 this month, of course didn’t become an instant ‘star’ until her became a part of the cast in the most celebrated movie in 2018.
In the movie, Steel portrayed the elderly woman with large Fulani earrings.
During a recent interview with Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Steel said: “If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind.”
Steel said that she sent her audition tape into Marvel last year and the response was immediate.
“We sent it in and an hour later they said, ‘Who is that old lady? We want her.’”
Steel has featured in a few flicks but Black Panther is her biggest stage to date.
Of the success, Steel said: ““It was just amazing, it truly was.”
Ms Steel added: “Chadwick the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss.”
Steel said she became the grandmother on the set for the movie that she describes as a movement.
“We were one big melting pot of black people and we knew we were doing something that had never been done before. Ya know?” she said.


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