70s actress gives bad news about her cancer diagnosis
Reported by Nigel Boys
Danielle Spencer, the former child star who played Dee Thomas in the ABC sitcom “What’s Happening,” which ran from 1976 to 1979, gave up acting to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian at Tuskegee University.
However, the 49-year-old actress who is remembered for her line in the show, “Ohh, I’m gonna tell momma,” reportedly said that if veterinarian goals didn’t work out, she could always return to acting. She did return for four episodes on the sequel of the series, “What’s Happening Now,” but later went on to become Doctor of Veterinary medicine at Saugus Animal Hospital in California.
Spencer told Black America Web that she had been injured in a car accident during her time on the show, but the spinal cord injury didn’t show up until 26 years later when she experienced paralysis for a time.