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Jasmine Guy

Real name: Jasmine Guy
Birthdate: March 10, 1964
Status: Married
Partner: Terrence Duckette

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Biography

Jasmine Guy (born March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress. She is most well known for her starring role as Southern girl Whitley Gilbert in the television series A Different World.

Born to an African-American father and a Portuguese mother, Guy was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the former Northside High School (which merged with North Fulton High School to form North Atlanta High School). Her mother's name is Jaye Ruldolph, and her father, the Reverend William Guy, was pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, which served as an early home to Morehouse College and Spelman College. (The latter school served as the setting for "Hillman College," the fictional school depicted in A Different World.) She later studied dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City in 1981.

During the run of A Different World, she released her self-titled debut album in 1990, which spawned three Billboard Top 100 hits: "Try Me", "Another Like My Lover", and "Just Want To Hold You." In the spring of 2006, Jasmine spoke to the graduating class at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and revealed that she will record a second album. She commented that of all the entertainment industries, the music industry was the worst. She will sell her new album online herself and not through a major label, similar to the marketing strategy used by Prince.

Guy had a cameo role in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where she played one of Will Smith's girlfriends; her character's name was Kayla and she was having problems in college and found that spending time with him made her situation even worse. In an appearance on Living Single (created by A Different World executive Yvette Lee Bowser), Guy played a psychologist who advised Khadijah when she began exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder. Guy appeared as Caitlin Mills for 3 episodes of Melrose Place as Jack Wagner's characters love interest. She also made a cameo appearances on the Moesha spin-off The Parkers, and the That's So Raven episode "Checkin' Out" as a famous fashion photographer named Pistache. The actress had a starring role in Dead Like Me as Roxy Harvey. In the cartoon Cyberchase, Guy has lent her voice to two characters: Ava, the queen of the cybersite Symmetria, and Ms. Fileshare the Cybrarian.

Guy has performed in several Broadway shows, appearing as Crow in The Wiz, Mickey in Leader of the Pack, Betty Rizzo in Grease and Velma Kelly in Chicago.

The actress recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign, encouraging reading of books about Tupac Shakur. She was a friend of the late rapper, who once appeared on her show, and she remained a friend of his mother, Afeni Shakur.



 


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