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Jasmine Guy Biography

Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Actor, singer, dancer, songwriter, director, writer

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