• Nicki G

    Love this entry! Cicley Tyson played her in the film Hoodlum. It’s worth a watch if you enjoy mobster/gangster films or just anything about old school Harlem.

  • D.S. Ryelle

    That wasn’t the first time “Uncle Fishy” played Bumpy! When you brought up Dutch, I immediately thought of “The Cotton Club” (HUGE James Remar fan, here) and–lo and behold–there’s Uncle Fishy’s name again! The Madame was played by a gal named Novella Nelson, who is still working. Heck, she even had a role in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”. A Liam Neeson movie at 74? NICE!

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  • Jaz.lit

    She died at 82 & her husband , or ex-husband is not dead. He’s still alive.

  • Jason Porath

    Her age is a matter of debate, seeing as she lied about much of her early life. The book I cited, which has the most complete compilation of research currently available, argues that her birth year was later than often cited, hence the age of 73 for her death.

    And I’m unsure where you’re getting that Sufi Hamid is still alive. I believe it’s pretty well established he died in 1938: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufi_Abdul_Hamid

  • ines

    She was born in Martinique, another french overseas territory.

  • Vivi

    I need to see a movie of this!

  • Bryen Shannon

    I live a few blocks from 409 Edgecombe… and I’m now fascinated with this story! Going to be looking into this badass Harlemite! ty

  • Sasha Kishko

    “The 1997 movie Hoodlum has Cicely Tyson in it as Madame St Clair,
    although it sounds like she’s barely in it. The movie is more about
    Bumpy Johnson (Lawrence Fishburne) versus Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth).
    Guessing it starts around the time Schultz started moving in on Harlem
    and got her sent to prison.”

    Worse, she’s all ineffectual and terrified of Schultz, which is why a “real man” like Bumpy has to step up and take care of business. Silly women, thinking they can be proper Hoodlums.