By Alicia Cruz
We have lost yet another talented, shining star.
Actress Alaina Reed Hall Amini, the easy going neighbor with the singing voice of an angel from the NBC sitcom "227" died on December 17 in Los Angeles after a long, brave battle with breast cancer.
Alaina Reed Hall Amini (Nee Bernice Ruth Reed), was born in Springfield, Ohio and was likely best known for her early acting days as "Olivia" (the picture lady) or "Gordon's" little sister from Sesame Street.
In later years, she was cast on the NBC sitcom "227" as "Rose" opposite Marla Reed (Florence from the Jefferson's), Regina King and Jackée Harry (Sister, Sister).
Reed Hall Amini's light shined brightly on Broadway in such hits as "Hair" and "Chicago" which showcased her singing talent and she replaced Jennifer Holiday as "Effi" in Michael Bennet’s workshop production of Dreamgirls.
Once noted as an "inspirational one-woman show" former co-host of Hour Magazine, Reed Hall Amini is photographed kissing the late John Lennon (above) in 1974 at Club Hippopotamus in New York City on opening night for the 70s musical SGT. PEPPER.
On the set of "227" Reed Hall Amini met her first husband, actor Kevin Peter Hall when he guest-starred on the sitcom as a police officer. The two married in real life as well as the show "227."
At a towering 7'2, Hall made for perfect casting as the scary creature in the Arnold Schwarzenegger hit movie "The Predator" and it's sequel. Hall made his acting debut in the 1979 horror film Prophecy. Some of Hall's other acting roles included Harry and the Henderson's and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Excelling in High school basketball earned Hall a scholarship to George Washington University where he continued playing basketball while he majored in Theatrical Arts.
It was during his tenure on the set of the series Harry and the Henderson's that Hall announced he had contracted the AIDS virus from a blood transfusion. He died on April 10, 1991 from pneumonia-related complications. At the time of her death, Reed HallAmini was married to Tamim Amini.
Your condolence cards may be sent to her husband, Tamim Amini at 10044 Woodley Ave., North Hills, CA, 91343