When Danielle Spencer landed her role in the popular sitcom What’s Happening!! in 1976 when she was ten she must have thought she was the luckiest kid in the world. The show was a hit, and she’s been recognized for it ever since. However, nothing could have prepared her for the challenges that she would have to face later in life.
Between 1976 and 1979 Danielle Spencer played the part of Dee in What’s Happening!!, which ran for three seasons and 65 episodes. The show followed the exploits of three African-American teenagers who lived in Los Angeles. The series was a hit – and has seen frequent reruns ever since.
Dee would frequently catch the three friends out and threaten to tell their parents about what they had been up to. In fact, her catchphrases were, “Ooooohh, you’re gonna get it!” and “Ooooohh, I’m tellin’ Mama!” Indeed, her character would often attempt to sabotage her brother’s plans while making some cash in the process. However, disaster was just around the corner for Danielle.