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Thea Turrell (nee Armstrong) is the titular character of Thea.

She was portrayed by Thea Vidale.


Thea Armstrong was born in 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong. She has two younger sisters, Lynette and Patrice.

During her high school years, Thea was a leading member of the Debate team and was a troublemaker, doing a brief stint in the detention hall.

She married her high school sweetheart, Jarvis Turrell, and they had four children together: Jarvis, Jr., Jerome, Danesha and James.


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Thea works at a Houston grocery store during the day, and does hair in the evening.

Originally, Thea worked as a cashier at a supermarket in Houston, Texas.

For extra money, Thea did hair at her one-chair beauty salon on the corner of her porch.

Later, Thea began working for Mickey's BBQ.

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