A native of Chicago, Miss Mancil has roots in gospel music, but was drawn to the classics, jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll as well. She moved to Los Angeles, enrolled at USC to become a teacher, but ended up in the School of Drama instead. She has subsequently recieved a Drama-Logue award for her performance in Avenue X at the Odessy Theatre, created the role of "Lettie 'Bang' Taylor" for The Peggy Judy Show, and played "The Prince" in Romeo and Juliet at Company of Angels. She is a founding member of KOKO-JO and the Swinging Lunch Band, and has had roles in films Junior and Summer Heat. She is currently working on a rewrite of a one-woman show about the life of actress Ethel Waters.
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