Douglas, who died of complications of cancer, starred as the matriarch Jerri Peterson opposite Robert Townsend in the 1990s The WB family sitcom The Parent ’Hood. Most recently, she played one of the mothers of the so-called Central Park Five in Ava DuVernay's When They See Us. "Suzzanne Douglas was a quiet, elegant force as we made WHEN THEY SEE US," tweeted DuVernay. "A gentlewoman. A gem of a lady. A confident, caring actor who breathed life into the words and made them shimmer. I’m grateful that our paths in this life crossed. May she journey on in peace and love."