Mimmye Goode is an actress, teacher and businesswoman with roots in the Mississippi Delta. From a small southern town, she was strongly affected by the soul-stirring mixture of white gospel and black spirituals she heard at church. The radio played a great role as an artistic influence as she listened to country music playing live from the Grand Ole Opry — as well as pop crooners and balladeers. She began taking piano lessons the day she started to school. When Sun Records started recording rockabilly artists, Mimmye traveled around the south with her dad attending the concerts of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. She was raised on music. She began her college studies at Rhodes College, where music was her major. She earned expenses by playing for classes at Memphis Civic Ballet school and was then asked to accompany rehearsals for the newly formed Front Street Theatre. It was here that she worked as a professionals with George Hearn, Dixie Carter and the like — it was a wonderful experience!
Mimmye was music director for the first production at Jackie Nichols’ Circuit Playhouse, a Memphis cornerstone. During the 60’s she wrote lead sheets for the publishing division of STAX Records. She wrote the lead sheet for the chart-topper “Disco Duck” and then went on to songwriting with one of her songs being recorded by the legendary B.J. Thomas. She also compiled an award-winning musical revue of W.C. Handy’s works.
Mimmye dedicated the next 16 years by giving — as a teacher at a pretigious elementary school. Afterward she once again demonstrated the strength and inventiveness of the Southern woman, moving forward and concentrating on her writing and acting skills. Ever capable, Mimmye began a company that conducted tours in the mid-south. The company became successful and allowed her to support herself as the artist she has always strived to be. Mimmye’s many celebrity clients gave her business that added distinction that made her a successful businesswoman.
Mimmye has appeared on many of the Memphis stages and at Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. She has trained as an actress with distinguished teachers from New York to Los Angeles. She is a professional actress, musician and businesswoman. Growing up in a small house beside Highway 49 in the Mississippi Delta, she used that highway to take her from the Delta into an incredible life full of experiences that make her the unique treasure she is.