Fast Facts

  • Her father, William, is a Baptist minister.
  • Left home at 16 and moved to New York, where she joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
  • Broke into TV with a gig as a dancer on the series Fame in 1982.
  • Made her Broadway debut in a 1984 revival of The Wiz.
  • Best known as wealthy Southern belle Whitley Gilbert on A Different World; won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her performance.
  • Her sister, Monica, was her stand-in on the set of A Different World. 
  • Released her debut album, Jasmine Guy, in 1990; it featured the singles "Try Me," "Just Want to Hold You" and "Another Like My Lover."
  • Headlined the national tour of the musical Chicago, playing villainess Velma Kelly, in 1997; later reprised the role in the Las Vegas and Broadway productions.


  • Imani Guy Duckett — Daughter
  • Monica Guy — Sister
  • William Guy — Father
  • Jaye Rudolph — Mother
  • Dominic Hoffman — Ex-significant Other
  • Terrence Duckett — Ex-husband


  • Birth Place: Boston, MA
  • Birthday: March 10, 1964, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Songwriter, Director, Writer
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