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Nia Long Biography

Birth Name:
Nia Talita Long
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Her name, Nia, comes from the fifth day of Kwanzaa and represents "life purpose
  • " Was coached in acting for 15 years by Betty Bridges, mother of Todd Bridges
  • Began her career with an uncredited appearance in a 1986 episode of the sitcom 227
  • Won back-to-back Image Awards for her role in Third Watch (2004 and 2005)
  • Received the first Essence of Being Extraordinary Award from the charity HerShe Group, which gives assistance to girls in foster care as they transition into adulthood
  • Posed naked for a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ad in 2009