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Member of ‘Family Matters’ Leaving

December 15, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ JoMarie Payton-Noble, who plays the mom on the CBS sitcom ``Family Matters,″ said she’s leaving her job of nine seasons because she wants more artistic freedom.

``I want to act, dance, sing,″ she said Saturday. ``I have a lot to offer, but I can’t offer it here. I feel creatively stifled and need to move on.″

Payton-Noble stars as feisty Harriette Winslow, the wife of a Chicago cop played by Reginald VelJohnson. She said her last episode will air Friday, though there was no word how her character’s role would be resolved.

``The series has been good to me in many ways, for which I am grateful, but it has not given me enough to do as an actor and performer,″ Payton-Noble said in a statement.

Before ``Family Matters,″ Payton-Noble was a variety club performer in Miami and toured with the musical comedy ``Purlie″ with Robert Guillame. She also has appeared in films, including ``Colors,″ ``Cross My Heart″ and ``Troop Beverly Hills.″

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