Sustaining a career in the entertainment industry is not an easy thing to do. Veteran TV actress Mary Twala has been in the entertainment industry for 60 years. As incredible as that sounds, it is not all there is to marvel about the talented actress. She uses her storytelling to raise awareness of women's health issues. The entire nation loves Mary because of her incredible humor and humility on screen and in real life. She has received awards for her excellent contribution to the performing arts.
One of the most popular South African veteran actresses is Mary Twala. She has had a long-lasting acting career, in theatre, television, and film. She won Best Comedy Performer award for her performances in Molo Fish and Hlala Kwabafileyo. Mhlongo is a SAFTA winning actress and was honored with the National Order of Ikhamanga in silver, which is one of South Africa’s highest honors. The presidency cited that the award was for her contribution to performing arts and for creatively raising awareness on women's health issues.
Mary, who is choreographer Somizi's mother, has appeared in international films like Sarafina and Mapantsula and local TV shows like Generations and The Imposter. Even after she was left alone after the death of her husband, Twala kept going, and with 60 years in the entertainment business, she says she has no reason to retire.
Mary Twala profile summary
- Full name: Mary Twala Mhlongo
- Profession: Actress
- Nationality: South African
- Birthdate: September 14th, 1939
- Age: 80 years
- Children: 1 (Somizi Mhlongo)
- Grandchildren: 1 (Bahumi)
Mary Twala biography
Her successful television acting career has been marked with appearances in various local productions like Muvhango, SOS, Yizo-Yizo, Khululeka, Child of Soweto, Soul Buddyz, Hlala Kwabafileyo, Die SonKriel, Iqhawe, and Undezani Melwane.
She was featured in Ubizo (The Calling), the 2007 SABC1 supernatural miniseries. From March to April 2009, the veteran actress appeared in Hopeville, the SABC2 miniseries as MaDolly. As a result, she was nominated for the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards for the award of Best Supporting Actress. The talented actress has appeared in various popular local programs. She was in the first Generations season as a guest-cast member and was also featured in The Imposter.
Twala’s film career includes appearances in international films like Game for Vultures, Friends, Deliwe, Ngaka, Nyaka-Nyaka, Dr.Lucille, Malunde, A Love in Africa, Sarafina and Mapantsula. She also featured in Score, Science Classic, Waati, and Taxi to Soweto, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress award. After she was unable to film for months due to a medical procedure she underwent, Mary returned to the entertainment scene in the 2015 Vaya movie.
Mhlongo was among the cast members in Comatose, a 2016 film that had Africa’s elite actors like Bimbo Akintola. The purpose of the film was to portray the message that it is acceptable to lose an unconscious loved one. She appeared in the 2017 sports movie the River in a supporting capacity.
Somizi's mom is a South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) winning actress. She was recognized with the SAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mary Twala nominations
With her excellent acting skills, Mary has been nominated for different awards. In 2011, she was nominated for Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a supporting role for Hopeville. In 2015, Twala was nominated for a Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film for Leading Lady.
Mary Twala age
Twala has been in the entertainment industry for 60 years, which is so incredible. She was born on September 14th, 1939, and is currently 80 years old.
Mary Twala Instagram
Mary Twala is not on Instagram; however, if you are looking for her stunning photos, you can use the hashtag marytwala or look for her on Somizi’s Instagram account handle @somizi which has 2.5 million followers.
Mary Twala house
With an acting career that spans six decades and the success she has achieved over the years, Mary has a good lifestyle that includes a great house and car.
Mary Twala Family
Twala was married to her late husband Ndaba Mhlongo, also an actor. Somizi Mhlongo, also a famous actor, was the baby of their union. She does not have any other children; however, she has a grandchild known as Bahumi Madisakwane. The grandchild is the daughter of Somizi and famous actress Madisakwane. Mary has never remarried ever since she lost her husband, and she says she will never do so because she still loves him so much.
Veteran actress Mary Twala has built a long-lasting and successful acting career that is truly inspiring. With her many notable roles and appearances in TV shows and movies, she has managed to contribute a lot to performing arts. The incredible actress has graced our screens with popular shows like The Imposter, Yizo Yizo, Generations, and Sarafina and shows no signs of slowing down. She is determined to keep going as long as she can act, and we are here for all of it!