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Overview (3)

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Birth NameSheryl L Uzzell
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Summer Selby is an American film, television and stage actress, voice-over talent, print model, television producer and talk show host, born November 30th in Terre Haute, Indiana and raised on Chicago's South Side.

From when Summer was 8 years old, she wanted to pretend to be other people, not knowing acting was the term for her ambition. Her mother, an educator, enrolled her in an esteemed after school academy on Chicago's South Side. There Summer studied modern dance, tap, modeling, and etiquette. She attempted to explore acting in high school and while attending a private liberal arts college. Stage crew experience was plentiful but roles were limited for Summer's demographic at that time.

After graduation, Summer began a corporate career but continued her pursuit of opportunities to act in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Dallas regional theaters. Then she was selected to be a featured extra in the exploding birthday cake party scene in Problem Child (1990) and she instantly committed to a career in acting.

Very often told by strangers and casual acquaintances she has a "familiar" face, Summer starred as Harriet Tubman in the Emmy nominated educational film The Quest for Freedom (1992), which was purchased by hundreds of US school districts who then showed it to thousands of students. The Quest for Freedom was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country each February for decades. She then was cast in two roles in the Barney & Friends (1992) series as well as in the television movie Wishbone's Dog Days of the West (1998).

Summer played opposite LeAnn Rimes in Ms. Rimes first film, the Christmas staple Holiday in Your Heart (1997), which also starred Bernadette Peters. She landed the lead role in the director John Carstarphen debut film Weekend of Our Discontent (1993) and has gone on to win roles opposite some of Hollywood's favorites such as Nia Peeples, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Duffy, Paul Adelstein and Sarah Wayne Callies. Viewers still enjoy Summer's 3 roles in Walker Texas, Ranger, Prison Break, and her role as the nosy neighbor in Did I Kill My Mother?

Among other national ad campaigns, Summer was one of the original print models for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign; she appeared in the Women in Film short Gilda's Club: A Special Place (2004), remembering the Saturday Night Live comedienne Gilda Radner; and she has extensive national voice-over credits.

Summer produced and hosted her second talk show, Grown Folk (2012), which aired in Dallas and on the internet; she co-stars in the alternative/blues musician Benjamin Booker debut music video The Future Is Slow Coming (Slow Coming/Wicked Waters) (2015); and she co-stars in the writer/director Carlos Bido enigmatic film Finding Hope (2013).

More recently, among other roles, Summer appears in the Italian produced and directed international crime series ZeroZeroZero; as an African astronaut's mother in the dazzling space drama The First, directed by acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland; and in a recurring role as uber mother to a beloved resident on the highly rated series The Resident.

Summer continues to hone her craft in film, television and stage roles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (3)

Summer's first professional acting job was with the Free Street Theater. Chicago's own Free Street Theater was founded by the late Patrick Henry, great great great grandson of Patrick Henry, Founding Father of the United States.
Summer started her professional career as a singer, actress, dancer. The international choreographer, Wilbert Bradley, was her first dance instructor. According to Thrilling Forum, Little Known Actors from Cult Classic Movies, Wilbert was very active in Italian film throughout the 1960s and re-emerged in American film in the 1980s.
Summer's very first professional acting job was as one of the original cast members of the long-standing, awarded Free Street Theater in Chicago.

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