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Emayatzy Corinealdi Biography

Birth Name:
Emayatzy Evett Corinealdi
Birth Place:
Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States

Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a military family, which led her to live in Germany, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas in her youth
  • Was a member of the track team and drama club during high school
  • Planned on becoming a litigator before deciding she wanted to become a professional actor
  • Studied at the Actor's Training Studio in New Jersey and the William Esper Studio in New York
  • Drove across the U
  • S
  • to move to Los Angeles with only $2,000 to pursue her acting career
  • Studied at Playhouse West in Hollywood upon moving to California
  • In 2010, won the American Black Film Festival Star Project
  • Won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor in 2012 and was nominated for the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Ruby in Ava DuVernay's film Middle of Nowhere
  • Appeared in Miu Miu's short film The Door alongside Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard as part of the fashion short-film series Women's Tales


  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated


  • Edward Corinealdi -- Father
  • Rosemarie Corinealdi-Hilton -- Mother