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Terri J. Vaughn

Terri J. Vaughn

Terri J. Vaughn has entertained us on television for eight seasons as a series regular. First, she stole America's heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on the WB's The Steve Harvey Show, Vaughn confesses, I loved playing a character that grew up in the ‘hood and who worked hard to be positive because it was very close to my own life. After that, Vaughn made her way to UPN's All of Us. With her fun, energetic and wise portrayal of Jonelle Abrams, she once again brought life and laughter to the small screen. But, before Vaughn ever had her first audition, she was growing up in a housing project in Hunter's Point in San Francisco. Today, this woman is hell-bent on creating positive, inspirational experiences for other young women growing up in the projects. Out of her desire to give back to her community, Vaughn started Take Wings Foundation. We motivate, uplift and inspire young girls (13-18 yrs.) from economically distressed communities in the San Francisco Bay area to be positive, productive and successful. It's truly amazing to watch them soar.

From her first professional job in a 20-city tour of Tellin' it Like it Tiz to her first sitcom role on the hit show Living Single, to a memorable turn as a single mother wrongly accused of abusing her child on ER, this San Francisco native has proven herself to be a talent to be reckoned with. Vaughn has been honored with three Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on The Steve Harvey Show, and received a nomination for a 2005 BET Comedy Award for her work on All of Us. But this multi-faceted thespian doesn't stop there; she was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Soul Food, as Eva Holly, a lesbian, who shocked Showtime viewers by passionately kissing Byrd (Malinda Williams), during her multi-episode guest arc on the groundbreaking series.

Vaughn's current projects also include the family dramedy, Dirty Laundry, which is making the rounds and creating a strong buzz through the Independent Film Festivals. In it Vaughn stars opposite Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine and Jenifer Lewis. Dirty just recently won the ABFF Blockbuster Audience Award for Best Feature, while Loretta Devine won the Best Actor Award. In the film Vaughn portrays Jackie, a small town girl with a big heart and big dreams. She struggles to keep the peace in her whacky and troubled family, while raising a daughter. The film's producer comments, Screening audiences from across the country have been cheering Terri's portrayal of Jackie on and loving her.

Always smiling, unless she's crying tears of happiness, she's a girl from humble beginnings who tells everyone to take wings. Vaughn's infectious positive energy and altruistic spirit has enabled her to soar right out of the projects and into the world of Hollywood. Terri J. Vaughn is certainly flying high.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Terri J. Vaughn Facts

BirthdayOctober 16, 1969 (52)
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Terri J. Vaughn compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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