Song:I Know Where I've Been
Album:Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Mary Bond Davis has been around since the 70s playing supporting roles in films and TV. Her performance as Motormouth Maybelle in the 2002 original Broadway cast of Hairspray is probably her biggest role. She was born June 3, 1958 in Los Angeles. After playing local clubs, she joined The Young Americans. They were a show choir that appeared frequently on TV, most notably Bing Crosby TV specials. In 1980, Mary was in the touring company of the Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin'. Then she did some movies, most notably Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, Coming To America and Hook. Then she moved to New York and appeared in Jelly's Last Jam, Grease and Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk. Of course Hairspray is a musical based on John Waters film which is based on his life growing up in Baltimore. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman wrote the songs. The show was a big hit and of course it was turned into a successful film. The Broadway show is probably the highlight of Mary's career as she got to sing her big song on TV. It looks like Mary has left the entertainment business. She moved back to Los Angeles to care for her elderly mother. She says she intended to open a nightclub. But instead she opened Colon Rollin', a retail location that gives colonics. Well, that will clean you out. Here's Mary Bond Davis performing I Know Where I've Been on The Caroline Rhea Show 2002.