Mary Alice Smith (born December 3, 1941), known professionally as Mary Alice, is an African American film, television, and stage actress. Alice has appeared in over fifty television shows and films in her career. Alice is best known for her roles as Leticia "Lettie" Bostic on NBC's A Different World (1987–1989) and Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle. Alice has also performed on the stage. She received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her appearance in the 1987 production of August Wilson's Fences.