Where Is Cooley High Actress Cynthia Davis?

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman

Blog Source: De De Tillman – IMDb (Cooley High, 1975) May 1, 2011  2:27pm PST

Posted: May 1, 2011 @ 2:27 pm PST

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Updated: Saturday July 30, 2011 @ 12:30 pm PST

The movie “Cooley High”  is now considered a “Classic Movie”  The cast overview, first billed only was.

1. Glynn Turman_  Starred in Bill Cosby “A Different World” and was once married to my cousin Aretha Franklin. (with long credits)

2. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs_  Starred in “Welcome Back Kotter” and later starred as “Joseph Jackson” in the movie “The American Dream” (with long credits)

3. Garrett Morris_ Starred in “Martin”, “The Jamie Foxx Show” (with long credit)

4. Steven Williams_ Starred in “21 Jump Street” (with long credits)

5. Cynthia Davis_  No other credit listed.

Cynthia Davis was called “The Light Skinned Actress”  Has she continued Acting her looks would have placed her with Actresses “Jayne Kennedy, Tracy Reed, Lonette McKee,  The Late Vonetta Mcgee just to name a few.

Boards and Forums from all over are looking for “Cynthia Davis”  Comedian/Actor “Sinbad” at one point was looking for her.  Sinbad said “Where Is Actress Cynthia Davis From Cooley High, That is One Fine Sista”

Davis is a mystery that has dropped out of sight and no one seems to know who she is or, where she is.  Writer “Eric Monte”  went on and did the TV hit show “What’s Happening”  According to the credits “Cooley High” was filmed in 2 projects in Chicago using some of the real tenants.  I know somebody know where Cynthia Davis is,   If she has hit age 50 AARP know where she is.

There is an (English) Actress name “Cynthia Davis however, she’s not the one people are seaching for, they are seaching for CYNTHIA DAVIS, who played BRENDA in the 70’s movie “COOLEY HIGH”

Everyone is looking for her,  is she married and going by her married name? Does she have children?  Who are her parents? Classmates?  Relatives? Mail Carrier?  Is she still alive?

MovieClips (Cooley High Cynthia Davis/Brenda

Here Are Links:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072820/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooley_High

WHERE IS ACTRESS CYNTHIA DAVIS WHO PLAYED “BRENDA” IN THE MOVIE “COOLEY HIGH?”   HAVE YOU SEEN HER?  SHE HAS FANS LOOKING FOR HER.  CAN OPRAH WINFREY  WENDY WILLIAMS, MO’NIQUE OR ELLEN DEGENERES FIND HER?  I KNOW THEY CAN….

CLICK BELOW, ACCORDING TO “SWEETBLACK1982 THIS IS CYNTHIA DAVIS,

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here is cynthia davis https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203096585708914&set=pb.1034403146.-2207520000.1411064490.&type=3&theater

146 thoughts on “Where Is Cooley High Actress Cynthia Davis?”

  1. Hi De De, I really want to see Cynthia again, however that is not her! They need to show more pictures then that! Luv Ya, Keep up the good work. Tony Brown

    1. Hi Tony, I think you are right! I cannot see that photo being Cynthia. I would LOVE to see her acting, producing and directing. Love You More and thanks for the compliment. I will keep trying to find her.. Love De De

  2. In response to her half sister if u r as you say you. can tell me how to get in touch with Eric or Norma they were & still friends of mine

    1. I don’t know Eric’s number my sister Lisa does. He is currently at work. He is on Facebook. I will contact him this evening and let him know. Look him up on Facebook. Now the sister that is in between Cynthia and Eric is Lisa, Norma is younger than Eric. Norma is on Facebook as well. She is in Las Vegas.

  3. Again the guy on tvone said he heard doesn’t mean he knows fof sure but if she has passed on rest in peace Cynth.ia

    1. To those that have been following and participating in the topic of Cynthia Davis, please note that definitive information has been provided regarding her condition. The family is collaborating to provide a response, including the time frame and manner in which the response will be provided.
      Out of respect for the Davis family, this is all I am prepared to say. It is only right and proper that the conveyance belongs to them.
      Regards, Larry

      1. Dear Larry,

        Thank you so much for your response. We all want to know “Is Cynthia Alive or Dead? We want the truth. People claiming to be related to her, she’s doing great, has a FB page set up etc… It’s rumored she died 10 years ago… All we want is the truth!

        I’m sure her fans would like to know what happened to her to die so young if she’s dead and where is she buried.

        If’s she’s alive I know they would love to know how she’s doing.. Which takes me back to 1 question

        Is Cynthia Davis Alive or Dead? {The Truth}

        Thanks
        De De Tillman
        International Celebrity Blogger
        California

      2. Hello! Cynthia Davis, the actress who played “Brenda” in Cooley High is ALIVE! After watching Unsung Hollywood her family, especially me, the younger sister was upset. The investigative team failed in their job and that is my opinion. I was trying to leave a picture of her for you. I am talking with Lisa, her sister. We are trying to contact Eric her brother to see who remembers Jon Wicks and Jennifer Merriweather.

  4. I knew Cynthia and her family back in the 70’s again her brother was my best so that is why i am looking for Eric&Norma Davis her brother & sister if anyone help me find them i would be thankful. Thanks.

    1. Jon Wicks, did you live in South Commons also? You are correct, I now remember Norma. I always remembered her but not her name. But they also had a younger sister. I am 50 now, her brother was maybe 1 or 2 years older than me, then Norma was my age but their younger sister was maybe 2 years younger then me. I remember that Eric was fair-skinned, (like all of them), and that he had curly hair. I lived on the 3rd floor of a three story building and they lived on the 2nd floor.

      1. I Lived in Prairie Cort across the street from South Commons again Eric & Norma was good friends of mine’s I knew Cynthia caught her in the act of doing something s x knew Father & Mother

      2. Lol! Sounds as if she might have been the child, and we all know them-including some of us, whose parents needed to keep an eye on! While it sounds intriguing and I’ll admit to being curious about what occurred, it might be a bit premature to mention it.
        I say that because collectively, we are uncertain about her condition and if her family reads our comments, I’d hope we would want them to be comfortable to join in our discussion and share the insight they have. Ideally, if she is still with us, then it would be so much fun to have her join the conversation. However, if subsequent information points out definitively that she is no longer with us, then our discussion becomes a memorial. Either way, whatever her condition-above or below ground-I’m in for the duration. It seems there must be a place where she can be visited.

        A question for Jon, M, and Xavier: Have you been back to the neighborhood that you describe? Has it changed much or has it changed so much that you’d have trouble recognizing it? While I used to visit the area where you lived pretty frequently (stationed at NAS in Glenview, IL), the last time I actually went south of the Planetarium was during 1972. So while I’m older than you and about 6 years older than Cynthia, it is ironic how often I encounter situations and people that confirm the world, after all, is not such a big place.

        Regards, Larry

      3. Lpedwar, Chicago has changed tremendously. The housing complex across the street has been replaced. Michael Reese hospital is completely gone but South Commons still seems very quaint. I drive through there about once a year when I return to Chiraq, I mean Chicago.

    2. Eric is currently living in Spring Lake, MI with his father. Norma, is that who is who are thinking of, however Norma is the younger sister you spoke of Lisa is probably who you are talking about. Norma is in Las Vegas. Lisa lives in Muskegon, MI.

      1. Cindy, I just got caught back up with the convo. I knew your Mother, Aunts and Uncle. We lived in South Commons for a couple of years together. The actual building address was 2727 South Indiana on Chicago’s near southside. I remember the floor that they lived on because they lived below me down the hall. Here is my email address and I can share more info that you can take to them to verify down memory lane. RBLLC@SUCCESSNET1.X10.MX We all use to hangout together, except for Cynthia, she was a few years older then we were.

      1. You say Cynthia is your mother i knew your mom but i knew Eric & Norma more because we hung out with each other show would like to talk with them again

      2. Dear Samantha,

        Is it possible Cynthia could speak to Unsung? Allow them to interview her? She has so many fans and we would love to see her in Movies and TV..

        Thanks
        De De Tillman

      3. How does she get in touch with them? I contacted a producer but she didn’t seem interested. I sent her an email twice.

  5. Just watched unsung on tvone and they said cynthia davis passed away about 10 year ago . So if your related to her then someone is not telling the truth.

  6. Nobody Said anything about Pooter??? Corin Rogers or Rodgers, either way I had the informal meeting with him about 25 years ago. As funny as it may seem he was under my nose for about 2 years. I lived on the North Side of Chicago and was a member of the Boys and Girls Club Robert McCormick Unit off of Sheridan. To this day my brother and I thought he always looked familiar we just couldn’t put our finger on where we know him from, Until one day we watch Cooley High and seen his face and knew it was Corin!! Pooter got hit by Gorilla @!#$!!!! Classic!!! Movie is so True to Life!!!

  7. Thank you, Xavier for the information. Might you recall at the time your parents moved from South Commons in 1978, was Cynthia’s family still living there?

    1. I think that they still lived there. There were a lot of us teenagers and we played baseball, running up and down the halls knocking on people’s doors, stuff kids do, so I think that they still lived there. I even remember which apartment was theirs. It was nothing for us to go pick each other up at our parents’ apartments. I lived on the 3rd floor close to the then grocery store. They lived on the 2nd floor, on the other end of the building near the Square (playground).

  8. Exactly: You made the case for a “would be starlet”; the subsequent demise of yet another tragic beauty.

    However, its important to note the cornerstones of life and the vital role they play in professional/ personal success and happiness. The following components…..character, principles, values, life skills, self esteem and determination are key because without a moral compass the structure is weak. The result is ” THE WORLD” chews you up and spits you out. The End…

    1. Hi, Nikki. Actually, I provided a scenario whose plausibility is predicated upon the information that prompted its creation. It cannot be overstated that without any first-hand input it is merely a scenario.
      Within the scenario the overriding suggestion is to consider forgiveness. You mention the cornerstones of life (character, principles, values, life skills, self-esteem, and determination) as being key elements to a healthy moral compass. I’m afraid it would be a relatively easy exercise to demonstrate that via many examples not only does the world not regurgitate those with questionable moral fiber, there are giants in industries that are extremely successful without the impediments of the cornerstones that are mentioned. But that would put us on a needless and circuitous tangent. The point is there is a fundamental flaw with the cornerstones that are mentioned-they are all acquired traits and their refinement takes time. In the interim, the real key-the foundation on which your characteristics are based-is a foundation of love and forgiveness. It might be easier to not focus on the vocation of the person-in this instance a, “…would be starlet…”, but rather focus on the person-a teenager: at that age, what degree of refinement are you expecting to be in place? How might those expectations be met when it can be stated categorically that within varying degrees the basic wiring of the human mind is not completed until age 21? The characteristics you point out all require the capacity to reason, so it can be expected that reasoning skills will be less than ideal until our physiology permits the full complement of reasoning to occur. And even then we still don’t seem to be able to get it right!
      All I am attempting is to inject the notion of forgiveness in this discussion. It is a tragedy-perhaps even more tragic because it appears it could have been mitigated. But there may still be hope, if it is not too late, there is still a way the dream can be realized.
      There is no denying that she was endowed with the gift of beauty and an abundance of talent. Regarding her capacity to love, forgive, trust, care-they’re reliant on her capacity to change so we may never know their extent within her. I can only hope for Ms. Davis that she has within herself the courage, willingness, and strength so desperately needed to forgive…herself.
      Regards, Larry

  9. She use to come to the Elks in Muskegon, Michigan long ago and told me she was living in Grand Haven, Michigan with her Mother and Step Father….She told me her Mom was White and her Dad was Black….I use to shoot pool against her husband Frank and we would laugh because my husband name is Frank too….They would pop in about 3 times a month because he was a truck driver…I know on one occasion he said she was in a depression when we asked where she was….That was many many years ago…..

    1. Hello, Jennifer. Genuinely appreciate the sharing of your experience. As I recall, there are two Elks Lodges in Muskegon, MI: roughly 7 1/2 and 16 miles respectively from Grand Haven. For any additional information that you might be able/willing to share, please share it within the framework of preserving any and all rights of privacy to which they are entitled: Can you recall how you came to know her? Did you recognize her immediately or were you able to later determine who she was? Instinctively, what was your initial opinion of her and did it change over time you spent with her?

  10. Cynthia Davis was married to a truck driver name Frank which he had a twin brother and they were living in Grand Haven, Michigan at one time….I haven’t heard anything about them in waaaaaaaay over 10-15 years

  11. Has Oprah or Ellen ever been asked to find her, ask Cathy Hughes TV ONE owner, to find her, if anyone can she can….I certainly hope she’s alive and well. ..I’m so curious

  12. I love the movie Cooley High. Unfortunately, each time I see the classic movie bittersweet feelings arise in my heart. It truly is a masterpiece. The actors and everyone associated with the film are worthy of much praise for giving us such a timeless movie. I’ve always wondered whatever happened to Cindy.

    I met Cindy when I was 4 yr old. She was so pretty and sassy. She dated my 24 yr old married father when she was 17 and was cast for the movie Cooley High. She and my fathers relationship left a lasting impact on my life. Shortly after the movies successful release she and my father were riding high and moved to CA. Borh in search of acting opportunities. It didn’t pan out for either of them. Subsequently, they returned to Chicago. She and my father got an apt together for a few months and I would visit on weekends. One time I will never forget. She slapped me in my face because I wouldn’t eat. I told my sweet little mother and naturally this news added to her pain. Cindy called my mother on two occasions once at home to explain that she did t slap me in the face, but pushed my shoulder. The next time she called my mom at work to tell her that she was pregnant with my dad child. She asked my mother to raise the baby because she wanted to continue to peruse her career even though she was working at Marshal Fields on Randolph Downtown Chicago. She further told my mother that she asked her to raise the baby because my father said she is a good mother. My mother declined the request. Months later Cindy gave birth to a baby girl that was dead upon arrival.

    I am now 44 yr old with my own family. I am keenly aware that my selection in husbands had everything to do with what little ones shouldn’t have to endure. Needless to say, the moment in time 1974-75 had a profound affect of how I view parenting, love, family, affairs and the other woman. Incidentally, my parents are still married now for 45 yrs.

    Over the years I’ve wondered about Cindy and how life has been for her. I wondered if Karma visited her marriage and children. I wonder if she really is deseased or doesn’t want to be seen because her life is not what she hoped it would be as it relates to acting. I wonder if she has really passed away, if so God bless her soul. If not, I hope she reads this note.

    1. Your synopsis was read with a good deal of interest and guarded optimism that what was being conveyed is grounded in fact. Insofar as there is so much conflicting and false information available, I hope you’ll agree my approach-in an attempt to better determine what sort of person she might have been at that point in her life-is understandable.
      The timeline you provide certainly seems plausible. Among other things, it suggests your parents were married in 1969 and your father, at the time, was 19. Additionally, it suggests Ms. Davis was 12 at the time your parents married. Also, you have shared they had been married for approximately 5 years before your father’s involvement with Ms. Davis when she reached age 17. There is no indication who initiated the relationship between them, but it seems clear she was not encumbered by marital obligations. It is also plausible to conclude that at 17 years of age, neither males nor females are especially noted for wisdom in any capacity.
      At 17 years of age she was able to achieve a milestone most can only dream about. Of course in retrospect it would appear she reached the apex of her acting career, but likely at the time it might have been perceived as getting her career off the ground. Correspondingly, it is unclear what influence your father was exerting during this time of unparalleled joy and opportunity-after all it was her effort and talent that was primarily responsible for the initial success, was it not? So it appears at 17, perhaps, 18 you mention, she and your father moved shortly after the movie’s release, “…[both] in search of acting opportunities…” This would coincide with another responder to the blog who indicated she knew Ms. Davis when they worked together at the Great Western Bank in Van Nuys, Calif.
      You continue by stating their return to Chicago; it is unclear how long she was out there, but can be reasonably certain the return was under circumstances other than what she had initially envisioned. From this point on things appear to spiral downwardly. By any stretch of imagination, this must have been a tumultuous time in her life and yes, it does reflect a fair amount on unwise choices. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to conclude the decisions were being made unilaterally-she was being influenced during a time in her life by a person who knew barely as much as she did about the Film industry. It would be reasonable to expect some semblance of overriding sadness was in place because of the return to Chicago. Isn’t it reasonable to suggest your encounter with her might have been-even marginally-exacerbated by the circumstances surrounding her situation? It seems unreasonable to expect her to act, to be, the same person as the 18 year old that left with a heart full of dreams.
      Not for a second do I condone the manner in which the instance of discipline as you have stated was handled; I merely state it is relatively easy to understand how such a thing might occur. Have you taken the opportunity to point out to your father his overall accountability during that period and his impact in her life, or has it been more convenient to place all the responsibility with her. She might have been in a relationship that was not beneficial, but it was relationship he created for a 17 year old with a dream and the ability to make that dream happen. Sorry, I respectfully disagree with any notion that Karma had anything to do with her subsequently stated misfortune-given what you’ve shared it is unlikely that she would have been the only one affected. Never too late to resolve the pain you carry by acknowledging the source of your apparent anger.

  13. I love the movie Cooley High. Unfortunately, each time I see the classic movie bittersweet feelings arise in my heart. It truly is a masterpiece. The actors and everyone associated with the film are worthy of much praise for giving us such a timeless movie. I’ve always wondered whatever happened to Cindy.

    I met Cindy when I was 4 yr old. She was so pretty and sassy. She dated my 24 yr old married father when she was 17 and was cast for the movie Cooley High. She and my fathers relationship left a lasting impact on my life. Shortly after the movies successful release she and my father were riding high and moved to CA. Borh in search of acting opportunities. It didn’t pan out for either of them. Subsequently, they returned to Chicago. She and my father got an apt together for a few months and I would visit on weekends. One time I will never forget. She slapped me in my face because I wouldn’t eat. I told my sweet little mother and naturally this news added to her pain. Cindy called my mother on two occasions once at home to explain that she did t slap me in the face, but pushed my shoulder. The next time she called my mom at work to tell her that she was pregnant with my dad child. She asked my mother to raise the baby because she wanted to continue to peruse her career even though she was working at Marshal Fields on Randolph Downtown Chicago. She further told my mother that she asked her to raise the baby because my father said she is a good mother. My mother declined the request. Months later Cindy gave birth to a baby girl that was dead upon arrival.

    I am now 44 yr old with my own family. I am keenly aware that my selection in husbands had everything to do with what little ones shouldn’t have to endure. Needless to say, the moment in time 1974-75 had a profound affect of how I view parenting, love, family, affairs and the other woman. Incidentally, my parents are still married now for 45 yrs.

    Over the years I’ve wondered about Cindy and how life has been for her. I wondered if Karma visited her marriage and children. I wonder if she really is deseased or doesn’t want to be seen because her life is not what she hoped it would be as it relates to acting. I wonder if she has really passed away, if so God bless her soul. If not, I hope she reads this note.

    Little Nikki Ronnie’s Daughter 😦

  14. True story. Cynthia Davis and her family lived in the same building as I did when Cooley High was being filmed. South Commons on 29th street on South Indiana. Near Mercy and Michael Reese Hospitals and next to Dunbar High school. I knew her, her sisters and brother.

      1. As a teenager we all played together. Cynthia was about 5 years older then us so she didn’t run around with our group. We were about 11 to 14 years old so she was about 19. Her 2 younger sisters were cute also, for little skinny teenagers and I remember that the neighborhood girls really liked their brother. You know, light-skinned, curly hair, that kind of thing. This was about in 1976. My parents moved from South Commons in 1978. I do remember that the oldest, of Cynthia’s younger sisters, was attractive and closer to my age. I will be 50 this year. We all lived in an apartment building at 2727 S. Indiana Ave in Chicago IL on the near southside.

      2. Cynthia live is Michigan. Her brother and two sisters reside in Michigan as well. She has another sister in Las Vegas. She recently, well 2002, discover her half sister, that is me.

  15. Now we can all stop wondering. i am chino,watching TV ONE blk channel it is on tonight,repetaedly past few days. I just learn earlier,that the very Fair-Skinned either interracial(blk and white) and or fair skin blk lady,fine actress imo beautiful face/so sweet/is in heaven now,we know for sure,it has been 10 long yrs. no 1 knew,i guess but familia,she went into obscurity.(almost immediate-supposedly when wrapping up her 1st role at COOLEY HIGH.
    I have done homework on cynthia davis,past couple years,and then i however did not have any confirmative issued, until now we know for sure,the talented director of this most realistic/great film adaging how cynthia davis,has died.She is dead. In Heaven.. I m at least glad if she suffer while living any peace,that she has been at god’s peace a long time now. I hear also she was only fifty?or late 40s ten years ago.not sure.i am sending condolences,as i would have 10 yrs.ago if we fans,knew rip to her so pretty.and i believe she would have been up there with other fair skin,light skin,to light medium-brown skin(Beyonce tone)sistahs,halle,and lovely black sistas across the board! REST IN PEACE fair skin beauty. i really love her with preach,as i am watching tonight as i write this,and i will always be happy when i m watching her with cute lil preach and his glasses. The 2 had AMAZING natural chemistry.i love them… RIP CYNTHIA .adios.

  16. Hi De De, I believe that Arsenio recently had a Cooley High reunion. Whatever show it was, they said that Brenda Davis decline to participate. This was just a year or two ago. If that’s the case, she is still alive! I Pray that she is, and she was So Fine. Reggie

    1. Hi Reggie,

      I Prey Cynthia is still alive and did see “Unsung” It would be nice to see her say “I Am Alive” Thanks for replying and I still have not seen the story..

      De De Tillman
      International Celebrity Blogger
      California

  17. Obviously, JacQuar Davis, who claimed to be her nephew and said he knew
    of her whereabouts, was a fiendish and compulsive liar of the highest degree.
    That is why you can’t trust people when they say things because of charlatans
    like him lurking about on websites. I hope that chump saw the epiosde last night
    so he could see how his reprehensible and self-indulgent lie was exposed on
    national television. You’re a no-good, catfishing punk, JacQuar Davis. As the legendary rapper Slick Rick said in the classic song, La Di Da Di, “Stop lying!”

    1. Hi Bruce,
      If Cynthia is dead, I agree with you 100% There was no reason to come here and lie about her. Someone claimed Cynthia was married to her son. This is a a real mystery and I have to thank Unsung for helping Cynthia’s fans in trying to find her…

      De De Tillman
      International Celebrity Bloggger
      California

  18. I was watching Unsung Hollywood and the segment was about Cooley High. It was either the director or a cast member of the movie Cooley High that said that he had heard the Cynthia Davis (Brenda) has been dead for about 10 years.

  19. If Cynthia is alive and well why did un-song not follow up on her nieces knowing of her where about ? and DEDE Tillman why did you not follow up on this so called niece story of knowing the where about of her Aunt? all of this sounds like a lot of bunk . and its to bad that this sight supports this Bunk. I feel she is no longer with us as the show told us and she died 10 years ago.

    1. Dear Oldlizard!

      I have not seen the show yet so therefore I am not aware of whet you are talking about. A lot of people claim to know her and was saying saying Cynthia was okay and doing fine. When I ask them to post photos, FB etc, they were never heard of again. I don’t know anything about “The Aunt?

      De De Tillman

      1. It is a real mystery about her, but if you are familiar with the show called Unsung on TV One, they usually tell of the stories being performing artists they never “crossed over”, now they have a movie version called Unsung Hollywood, in which they revolved the whole show around Cooley High, the actor who played her boyfriend, Glynn Turman said that the last he had heard about her was that she infact passed away 10 years ago, he is not sure of the circumstances.
        heres the link of the show:http://tvone.tv/shows/unsung-hollywood-/video/unsung-hollywood–cooley-high-s-open-auditions-.html

    2. Sorry to interrupt but I believe the investigative team did no t do their job. There is a paper trail to follow is they are still receiving residual checks, hers is going somewhere, right to where she lives, in Michigan. You are right, there is a lot of bunk and junk out there with people who say they are related to her, I believe they have her confused with another actress named Cynthia Davis.

      1. Hi again Cindy,

        I want to thank UnSung for for trying to find out what’s going on, It was not Unsung that said she was dead. I think it was the Director who said “He Heard” she had died about 10 years ago. What is her married name? What is she doing? Is Cynthia still in the entertainment field?

        Thanks
        De De Tillman
        International Celebrity Blogger
        California

  20. It would be a blessing to locate her final resting place, and pay her (Cynthia Davis) a truly star studded farewell. God Bless and Thank you Ms. Davis for the sharing. Your wings are open fly Gods Angel fly.

  21. I have a friend who works with Jackie from Cooley High. I have been searching for information on Cynthia Davis (Brenda) for years and finally thought to ask my friend(duh) today of her whereabouts and yes I am sorry to say she has passed on 10 years ago. I am genuinely saddened with this news. Thank you De De Tillman for all of your work and I thank everyone for their input. We love you Cynthia Davis. May you rest in peace. Love, one of your biggest and many, many, many fans, Anntoinette

    1. Hi Lady Bugg, I am so sad and sorry to hear this! I was praying Cynthia was alive and doing well. I am so sad!

      De De Tillman
      International Celebrity Blogger
      California

  22. I’m watching behind the seen unsung cooley high and that’s sad 10years ago Cynthia Davis that played Brenda died sorry for the people looking for her RIP Cynthia Davis

  23. Well since we now know that shes been dead for at least 10 years…who is this “relative” of hers who still thinks she is alive and kicking?

    1. Don’t have a clue. I got the information from the producer of the movie tonight on Unsung. I was hoping it wasn’t true. Although they went into know details of her death.

  24. Well now Im confused. Im watching the Unsung special and they’re saying Ms Davis as of 10 yrs ago passed…???

  25. Hello Ms Tillman. I am an Associate Producer on the TV One documentary series “Unsung”. We are currently in production on a Cooley High Unsung episode. We have also tried to locate Ms Cynthia Davis and had no luck. So we are going to talk about this in the episode. Cast members could not answer this question either. Very strange. My question to you is, can we use a shot of your website to help portray the fact that there are many out there asking this very question? Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you, Hope to hear from you soon. sbayram@asmithco.com

    1. I sent you an email and the answer is “Yes” please do. I for one would love to know where Ms Davis is. So many people claim to be her son, nephew etc.

      Thanks
      De De Tillman
      International Celebrity Blogger
      California

    2. Respond to this post and we will help you. She is alive. A retraction needs to be made concerning her status as being dead, WRONG! She is alive!

  26. Good Afternoon,
    i was just wondering is Cooley High based off of Ben Wilson the rising basketball star that was shot to death i just saw a T.V. show called 30 for 30 and it just seems so familiar?

    1. No, I am 41 yrs old and I remember when Benji Wilson was killed and that was in 1984 and I was 12; Benji’s death marked the beginning of the tragic reality of teens being killed (Benji was destined for greatness)! Cooley High is one of my favorite movies and saddest – it is based upon someone’s experience in the 60 ‘ s who lived in Cabrini Green in Chicago. Two completely different decades. . If you have not seen Cooley High you have done yourself a disservice. . You can probably order it on amazon. com. I hope this helped

  27. Hi Dee Dee. I wonder if we are related? I just finished watching Cooley High. I was 11yrs old when the movie came out. Yes Cynthia Davis is BEAUTIFUL! I bet she is still a head turner,absolutly beautiful. Hit Me up cousin? lol email me or face book me.Always searching for possible relatives. 🙂

  28. My aunt and uncle which were current citizen of the projects at that time played in the movie Cooley High, as well as that my mother was a student at the school…

  29. Cynthia also went to Unity High in Chicago for a year she left after she got the role in Cooley High. I always think about her, we were classmates at Unity

  30. Her daughter was on a social networking site. Her mother is alive and well in Michigan. She stopped acting to raise her family

  31. I saw cooley high back when I was ten yrs old, at a drive in, and I just saw the movie again on 8/16/12, she is a ten I dont care how old she is. I think she’in Ohio which city ? But I hope she doing ok

  32. Garrett Morris did not play in Lean on Me. You are correct Robert Townsend and Mr. Morris’ appearance in Cooley High, but Mr. Morris did not play in Lean on Me.

  33. I’ve been trying to find this site like forever,and still don’t know how to upload photo’s cause I have quite a few of (Aunt) Cynthia Davis. Thank you liking my name. She just recently started a “Facebook” and “Twitter” account, so now all can find her there. She thanks everyone for there comments and thoughts of her.

    1. Hi JacQuar! Thank you so much for letting me know about your Aunt Cynthia, She is so loved and everyone wants to know how she’s doing… OMG! She is drop dead gorgeous…

      Just “Copy and Paste” the link to her Twitter and Facebook page and I will follow her and get the word out!

      Many Thanks To You
      Love and Hugs
      De De Tillman
      Celebrity Blogger
      California

      1. I recently saw the movie again for the 100th time and Cynthia Davis’ character always intrigued me since I was a teen. I hope Unsung Hollywood has found her since I read above they are doing a Cooley High segment! What are her facebook/twitter pages? Does anyone have a link to them?

      2. Just watch Unsung. Its unfortunate.. They mentioned Cynthia Davis as being
        decease as of 10 yrs age. Please tell me this is not true.

      3. Sorry DEDE but she is not the real “Brenda”. Not sure how else to get this information across!. JaQuar’s aunt is not the Cynthia Davis who played “Brenda”, SORRY!

      4. Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for helping us,

        We all love Cynthia Davis who played Brenda in Cooley High and we was wondering how she’s doing? Why she’s not acting because she is drop dead gorgeous!

        De De Tillman
        Celebrity Blogger
        California

  34. Well I guess you have to look no further for my aunt: Cyndia Davis. I have no way of posting an up to date photo cause I’m new to this, and just happen to see all this. This is my dad’s baby sister. It’s true she kept out of the spotlight,but did infact do productions on a few commented movies as well some cameo shots. She is still beautiful as ever,even at her age. She does want to come out to a talk show and speak of her out-take on acting. She is alive and still kicking!!!!!

    1. JacQuar, I would love to follow your aunt on twitter or on other social media websites. Would you mind posting the hyper link to her pages? I can’t seem to find her using normal search engines. Thank you!!

      1. Not sure how to leave one on this blog, I have a recent picture of her. Tell me how and I will.

      2. Hi Cindy!

        To make it easy for you, just copy and paste it here and I will put it up on the Blog I did. Thanks for all of your help…

        De De Tillman

    2. Hey i am looking for Eric Davis he was my best friend in grade school (John B Drake) Chicago
      Jon Wicks

      1. I hate to tell you all, but Cynthia Davis passed away. All you have to do is either watch ” where are they now” on TVONE, or look deeper, she is not alive, they even told us when she passed away when it was shown on TVONE. Man, are you all not getting this? She passed about 10-15 years ago…..So you have no recent picture of her in this recent day and time.

      2. Hi Stephanie,

        They said, “They Heard” she had passed away 10 Years ago. However, when you read the comments here everyone in the world has seen her and she’s doing fine! No proof she’s dead and no proof she’s alive…

        De De Tillman
        California

      3. On tvone they had all the information and also what state she died in. Her name changed because she got married . So I would start with tvone.

      4. Hi Jon, My name is Cindy Moore and Cynthia Davis, the real Cynthia Davis who played “Brenda” is my sister. Her other sister Lisa and I will be contacting Eric to try and speak with him about you so that you two can connect. Cynthia is alive and living in Grand Haven, MI. Her last name did change. Please note that Stephanie is wrong!!!!

    3. I would like to know is your dad name is Eric Davis because he was my best friend in grade school & would like to hear from him been trying to reach for sometime now please let me know 1 way or thee other

      1. I remember her brother (Eric?) being younger than Cynthia. Unless they had another, older sibling. I remember only 3 of them from back then. Cynthia, her brother whom I remember being named Eric, and a younger sister. Once again, Cynthia being about 4 years older then me, her brother about 2 years older than me and her sister being about 1 year younger than me. I am 50 in 2014.

      2. I don’t understand, seeing how you have so many folks on here who says that either they know Cynthia, or related to Cynthia, has no updated pic’s or no city and state where she is living. i am banking on what TVONE has said, because 9x out of 10, they are right about Cynthia,,,,and If Lawrence Hilton Jacob says she has passed, then she has passed, heck you would think he knows..Don’t cha think?

      3. Most of these responses seem correct since you are naming siblings correctly. However Stephanie is wrong and Unsung got it wrong. Can’t leave a picture with my response.

    4. My mother Carmen Stevenson went to school at St. Francis De Paula with Cynthia, we were watching Cooley High yesterday and my mom just wants me to leave a message saying hi and God Bless.

  35. Cooley High is one of the best comming of age movies of all time! I’m 39 yrs old, I saw this movie yrs ago and it never left me. I love the fact that Alica Keys paid tribute to Cooley High in her video You Don’t Know My Name…the video also featured Mos Def. I am also one of the thousands of people that would love to know what Cythia Davis (Brenda) is doing now!

    1. Hi MJ, Thank you so much for visiting my blog site and most of all thank you for commenting. I would Love to see Cynthia back on silver screen. She was a very beautiful young woman. I would also love to see actress Tracy Reed acting again..

      Hugs
      De De Tillman
      Celebrity Blogger
      California

      1. Cynthia Davis (my aunt) and her children are doing well. We all live in Ohio. I wanna post a family photo or up to date photo on here,but not familar with this site. I’ve responded to every site asking questions about my aunt. I visit with her everyday.

      2. Hi JacQuar, I love your name. Your Aunt is so loved and missed from the big screen, I am so happy to hear she’s doing great… I’m a fan…

        Hugs and Thanks
        De De Tillman
        Celebrity Blogger
        California

      3. As stated before, JacQuar Davis is related to another Cynthia Davis, NOT Cynthia Davis from Cooley High. Sorry, that Cynthia Davis has only one child.

  36. Loved Cynthia Davis in Cooley High and wondered, like apparently a lot of people, what happened to her. I started to look figuring Wikipedia, if no other site, would provide some information, but alas nothing. Anyway good luck in your search. Preach’s other girlfriend, the one who literally and figuratively “stiffed” him in the hallway make-out session and later slept with Cochise, was pretty cute too. Lastly, I saw Cooley High when it came out and I just watched it again on Youtube and I got to say that seeing Chicago – grew up there – the way it was back then really brought back memories.

    1. Hi Edwin and thank you so much for being here and commenting. I read where Davis was in another movie, I fould it once and I will do another search. People have said she is in Michigan. Glynn Turman (Preach) went on to become a big Hollywood star and he was married to my cousin Aretha Franklin.

      Thanks For Being Here and Please Come Back
      De De Tillman
      Celebrity Blogger
      California

      1. Davis was never in another movie, that is the wrong Cynthia Davis look at images on Google, two different women.

    2. I would like to know how is it that JacQuar Davis is claiming that Cynthia Davis is her aunt, alive and well in 2012. But I just watched Unsong about Cooley High and they said she died 10 years ago? Can somebody please explain this?

      1. First it was hear say you have to listen he said i heard not i know we just have to Pray to GOD to reveal the Truth & he will

      2. She did pass, but folks here think she is alive and kicking. I am here to say, she has passed. If the news media and the channel said that she is no longer with us, no one wants to believe this, why, I don’t know.

      3. Let me clarify this for you, Cynthia Davis is ALIVE! and does not have a niece by that name. Maybe the name is spelled wrong.

  37. I do hope she will resurface one day. Maybe she had to go into seclusion because the acting game got too much for her. Just saying.

  38. Cynthia Davis, was a accomplished actor just for this one movie alone,She probily could have been a big star,if she would have presuded acting futher.

    1. Hi Lefty, I have to find the other movie Cynthia was credited for. Thanks for being here and I will keep everyone updated when I learn more…

      De De Tillman
      Celebrity Blogger
      California

  39. Just got through watching “Cooley High” and I must say that Cynthia Davis definately caught my eye with her looks; didn’t care much for her acting though. From what the credits say, she is married with (at the time) three children. With professional lessons, she could have continued on as a very successful actress/actor.

    1. Hi Allen and thanks for being here, So many people are wondering where is Cynthia Davis who played Brenda.

      1. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs went on to “Welcome Back Kotter” He played “Joe Jackson” in the movie “Amercan Dream that was written by Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s brother.

      2.Glynn Turman credit is long as well he played on the show “A Different World and he was married to my cousin Aretha Franklin for a short time.

      of the cast are now big name stars with a long list of credits:

      3. Steven Williams … Starred In 21 Jump Street
      4. Garrett Morris — Lean On Me, The Jamie Foxx Show and more
      5.Robert Townsend— Actor/ Comedian

      Here is a link to who played whom:
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072820/fullcredits

      I hope this helps!
      Hugs
      De De Tillman /Actress/ Scriptwriter/ Celebrity Blogger
      Hollywood, California

      1. Garret Morris did not play in “Lean On Me” and neither did Robert Townsend play in “Cooley High”. Cynthia Davis is one fine woman though. I fell in love with her at the same time “Preach” di in 1975. In 1991 Cynthia Davis was the Assistant Director to a film called ” Driving Me Crazy”, in 1991 she was the production assistant in “Rock N’ Roll High School Forever” the location assistant in House Party 2 in the same year. I would love to see her make another movie appearance or television appearance. She is just as beautiful as Lonette McKee if not more beautiful. Come sis, the entertainment needs more natural beauty like yours.

      2. Hi Timm, Thanks for being here and commenting Robert Townsend was in Cooley High (Uncredited) He was a basketball player and Garrett Morris played Mr. Mason he was the teacher. I agree with you that Cynthia should re-enter acting.

        Thanks
        De De Tillman
        Celebrity Blogger
        California

    2. If you watch TVONE, they had all the actors on there that are still living, and tha’ts where folks found out that Cynthia has passed on. Lawrence still looks the same, just 10 pounds heavier, but looks good for his age…and Pooter looks the same, just 50 pounds heavier. One of the fellas that was a gangster in the movie passed on in a stabbing, ( light skin one ) and of course the one that threw the party in the apartment and the china cabinet busted, she was on there as well, I did not reconize her until she opened her mouth and she had the same gap in between her front teeth. But they lall look good for their age.

  40. I use to work with Cynthia Davis at Great Western Bank in Van Nuys, Ca. I would really like to touch bases with her again. She was a good friend.

    1. Hi Linda and thank you so much for responding, Cynthia has a huge fan base and don’t know it. If you find her again please tell her she is loved and missed from the entertainment field.. You could find her with no problems and catch up on old times….

      Thanks
      De De Tillman
      Actress / Scriptwriter / Celebrity Blogger
      Hollywood / San Francisco California

    2. I wonder if this information from a few posts later is correct — ” In 1991 Cynthia Davis was the Assistant Director to a film called ” Driving Me Crazy”, in 1991 she was the production assistant in “Rock N’ Roll High School Forever” the location assistant in House Party 2 in the same year.” . Sounds more like another person of same name.

  41. I JUST TURNED 17 YEARS OLD AND I JUST SEEN COOLEY HIGH TWO DAYS AGO AND IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT WITH CYNTHIA DAVIS “BRENDA” I AM SEARCHING BADLY FOR HER!!!…4REAL

    1. Ahhhh Happy Belated Birthday Breon! This is so cute! lol A lot of us are wondering what happened to Cynthia Davis, she is missing and no one seems to know where she is, I am going to keep searching and when I find her I will let you know…. lol Thank you so much for being here and once again HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY…

      Happy Birthday
      De De
      California

  42. It was like Cynthia Davis just faded back into obscurity after “Cooley High” and not doing another film. Then again, the young people of today will not remember her because they think about actresses like Zoe Saldana, Megan Goode, Bianca Lawson, etc.

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