Denise Nicholas Age, Spouse, Sister Death & Net Worth Info

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Denise Nicholas Age, Spouse, Sister Death & Net Worth Info

Denise Nicholas is an actress and author best known for playing Liz McIntyre in Room 222 (1969-1974). Some of her other well-known works are Let’s Do It Again (1975), In the Heat of the Night (1989-1995), and Capricorn One (1977).

She is also an accomplished author. Her first novel, Freshwater Road, was published in 2005. It won the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2006. The book also won the American Library Association’s Black Caucus Award for Debut Fiction the same year. New York Newsday called the book, “perhaps the best work of fiction about the Civil Rights Movement.”

Denice Nicholas’ Age & Family

Donna Denise Nicholas was born to Otto Nicholas, a retired bar owner, and Louise Carolyn Burgen, on 12 July 1944 in Detroit, Michigan.

She has a brother Otto, who is a Chrysler manager in Detroit. Denise also had a sister, Michele Nicholas, who was murdered in February of 1980. Michele worked as an editor for Ebony Magazine. Her body was found in a locked rental car at New York City’s La Guardia airport. 


Denice was married thrice in the past. Her first marriage partner was director Gilbert Moses. They tied the knot in 1964 and split in 1965. They had no children together. The acclaimed director passed away on 15 April 1995. According to, the cause of his death was multiple myeloma.

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Denise married singer and songwriter Bill Withers on 17 January 1973. Their relationship was a rocky one from the start.


Denise Nicholas with Bill WIthers (Photo:

According to Clarence Avant, a music executive close to Bill, their wedding day was weird. In his own words:

“Their wedding day was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. I remember her semi-crying. She said, ‘He doesn’t love me.’ I said, ‘Bill, what are you doing getting married?’ He said, ‘I want everyone back home to know I’m marrying one of these Hollywood actresses.’ ”

Room 222 actress split from the popular soul singer in 1974.

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After more than half a decade, Denise married once again. This time to actor Jim Hill. The two exchanged vows on 14 February 1981 and parted ways three years later in 1984. 

Net Worth

According to, Denise Nicholas has a net worth of $3 million.

Interesting Facts

  • Denise studied at the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California.

  • Denise attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop and the Natalie Goldberg Writers Workshop in Taos, NM.

  • The actress boasts a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 meters).