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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 March 1962Boston, Massachusetts USA
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago (as Velma Kelly). After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place (with Heather Locklear); NYPD Blue (with Jimmy Smits); Fresh Prince of Bel Air (with Will Smith) and Living Single (with Queen Latifah). One of her favorite roles was that of Roxy, the grim reaper meter maid on Showtime's hit series Dead Like Me (with Mandy Patinkin.) Her most recent role as Grams on the popular series Vampire Diaries can be seen on the CW Network. Jasmine has also worked with these great performers and directors in these films and mini-series: Spike Lee's School Daze; Eddie Murphy's Harlem Nights; Alex Hailey's Queen and Debbie Allen's Stompin' at the Savoy. She can be seen currently in the film October Baby. Jasmine has worked extensively in theater with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf; Miss Evers' Boys; Blues for an Alabama Sky; The Colored Museum; The Fourposter; The Nacirema Society; Broke-ology; Fool For Love, and most recently, God of Carnage at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, where she also directed the world premiere of the opera I Dream, celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1991, she released her self-titled album on Warner Bros. Records, featuring the hit single Try Me. Try Me was produced by Full Force and features Xcape with Candy Burgess. The song shot up the R & B charts quickly to Gold status, and fueled the success of the album's second and third chart singles Another Like My Lover and I Just Wanna Hold You. In 2004, Jasmine penned the biography Evolution of a Revolutionary (Atria Books), which chronicles the life and journey of Afeni Shakur - Black Panther, activist and mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur. As a frequent motivational public speaker, Jasmine is called upon to share her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. Her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts. She has traveled throughout the U.S. and appeared at more than 100 speaking engagements, addressing diverse audiences at colleges, universities, conventions, corporations, affinity groups, churches, high schools and countless charitable and fundraising events.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jasmine Guy

Spouse (1)

Terrence Duckette (22 August 1998 - 2008) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (15)

Named daughter Imani after the name was used on A Different World (1987) as the daughter of the Taylors (played by Dawnn Lewis and Glynn Turman).
Daughter, Imani, born 28 March 1999.
Her father is the Reverend William Guy, pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother is Jaye Rudolph of New Bedford, MA.
Although born in Boston, Massachusetts, Guy was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her sister, Monica Guy, was often her stand-in on the set of A Different World (1987).
Teaches dance to underprivileged children.
Was good friends with slain hip-hop MC Tupac Shakur and remains close friends with his mother, Afeni Shakur.
Became a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1981, at the age of seventeen.
Enjoyed chart and radio play in the 1990s for her R&B single "Try Me."
Wrote a book called "Evolution of a Revolutionary," which is the biography of Afeni Shakur, mother of late actor/hip-hop MC Tupac Shakur.
Has an African American father and a Cape Verdean American mother.
Jasmine Guy is not a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. This has been confirmed by Ms. Guy and the national HQ of the sorority.
Currently starring in the musical Chicago in Las Vegas, Nevada [December 1999]
(10 December 1996 - 5 January 1997) Touring with Grease!
Starring as Velma Kelly in 'Chicago' at the Shubert Theatre, New York, NY. [November 2000]

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