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Lela Rochon

Lela Rochon FUQUA is best known for her breakout role in the successful feature Waiting to Exhale, released by Twentieth Century Fox, also directed by Forest Whitaker. Her performance earned her a 1996 MTV Movie Award™ for Best Breakthrough Performance.

A native of Los Angeles, Rochon Fuqua made her feature debut opposite Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights. Her impressive list of subsequent film credits includes Any Given Sunday; Boomerang with Murphy; The Chamber opposite Gene Hackman and Chris O'Donnell; The Big Hit as Mark Wahlberg's money-grabbing girlfriend; Why Do Fools Fall in Love, starring alongside Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox; and Knock Off with Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Rochon Fuqua executive-produced and starred as the title character in Showtime's The Charlotte Austin Story; and starred in the Wonderful World of Disney special Ruby Bridges and in the Showtime event feature Mr. and Mrs. Loving, opposite Timothy Hutton, for which she received a CableACE nomination for Best Actress.

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Lela Rochon Facts

Birth Name Staples, Lela Rochon
BirthdayApril 17, 1964 (59)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Lela Rochon compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Gang Related
Waiting to Exhale
Any Given Sunday
Ruby Bridges
First Daughter
The Wayans Bros
Harlem Nights
Why Do Fools Fall In Love
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