Actress Lee Chamberlain has died at the age of 76.

Chamberlain passed away while visiting her son in North Carolina last week (ends25May14) following a battle with cancer.

After starting her career on stage, she got her big break appearing on educational kids show The Electric Company alongside stars including Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno from 1971 to 1973.

She went on to appear in Tv shows such as What's Happening!!, Diff'rent Strokes, NYPD Blue, and Paris, while her film credits include Uptown Saturday Night and Let's Do It Again.

During the 1980s, Chamberlain appeared in U.S. soap opera All My Children and went on to found the Playwrights' Inn Project in her adopted hometown of Paris, France. The scheme aimed to help black playwrights develop their work.