This is perhaps the greatest disappearing act in cinematic history. Brenda, [played by Davis] was the beautiful love interest of the film’s star Preach [played by Glenn Thurman]. Her performance was A-1, she was beautiful, graceful and had talent that easily would have made her a household name in Hollywood during the seventies. Davis, has been compared to actresses such as Jane Kennedy and Lonnette Mckee and for years [even now] people have wondered what happened to her. Rumors have speculated that she drop out of sight to raise a family, and then there are others that suggest she passed away. In last night’s episode of Unsung Hollywood, it was said that she passed away about ten years ago, no cause of death given. Maybe it was her performance, or her fair skin and simple beauty that made us want to see more of her. Whatever the reason, “Cooley High” remains and always will be Davis’ only film credit.
It makes you wonder, where are her relatives? Why has no one come forward to give us a small glimpse into the life of the infamous Brenda after her 1975 acting debut? I guess it will forever remain an enigma.