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Vivica Anjanetta Fox (born July 30, 1964)[3] is an American actress, producer and television host. She began her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and Generations (1989–91), and later moved to prime time, with starring role opposite Patti LaBelle in the NBC sitcom, Out All Night (1992–93).

Fox' breakthrough came in 1996, with roles in two box-office hit films, Roland Emmerich's Independence Day and F. Gary Gray's Set It Off. She later has starred in films Booty Call (1997), Soul Food (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Kingdom Come (2001), Two Can Play That Game (2001), and Boat Trip (2002). Fox played Vernita Green in Kill Bill, and played supporting parts in films like Ella Enchanted (2004).

Fox had the leading roles in the short-lived Fox sitcom Getting Personal (1998), and CBS medical drama City of Angels (2000). From 2003 to 2006, she co-starred and produced Lifetime crime drama series, Missing, for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Fox also produced number of straight-to-video films. In 2016, Fox reprised her role as Jasmine Dubrow in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

 

 

Early life

Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator.[3] She has African American and Native American ancestry.[5][6] Her parents relocated to the Indianapolis, Indiana, area soon after her birth. Fox is a graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis, and Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California with an Associate Art degree in Social Sciences.[5]

Career

1988–1995

Fox moved to California to attend Golden West College.[5] While in California she started acting professionally, first on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1988 playing Carmen Silva. After making her debut as a hooker in Oliver Stone's war drama film Born on the Fourth of July (1989),[7] she was cast as Emily Franklin in the pilot episode of ABC comedy series, Living Dolls, a spin-off of the sitcom Who's the Boss? but was replaced with Halle Berry for the remaining episodes. Later that year, Fox was cast as Maya Reubens, the leading character, in the NBC daytime soap opera Generations. The series was groundbreaking in that it was the first soap opera to feature from its inception an African-American family.[8]

In early 1990s, Fox began appearing in prime time television, playing guest starring roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, 90210, Family Matters, Matlock and Martin. In 1992, she was cast as Patti LaBelle's fashion designer daughter, Charisse Chamberlain, on the NBC sitcom Out All Night. The series was cancelled after one season in 1993. She returned to soap operas with role of Dr. Stephanie Simmons on CBS' The Young and the Restless during 1994–95. In 1995, she had a cameo role in the comedy film Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.[9]

1996–2004

In 1996, Fox played Will Smith's character's girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow, in the epic science fiction disaster blockbuster Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich. The film grossed over $800 million worldwide.[10] Fox received MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Smith, and was nominated an Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.[11] Later that year, she played Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton in the crime action film Set It Off opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Set It Off became a critical and box office success, grossing over $41 million against a budget of $9 million.[12] In 1997, Fox starred in three movies: Booty Call, a Columbia Pictures' comedy opposite Jamie Foxx; the superhero film Batman & Robin;[13] and 20th Century Fox's critically acclaimed comedy-drama Soul Food.[14] The latter was a major box office success.[15] For her role, Fox received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture nomination, and MTV Movie Award for Best Performance.[11]

In 1998, Fox starred alongside Halle Berry, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate in the romantic drama film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, playing one of the three wives of singer Frankie Lymon.[16] The following year, she appeared in stoner comedy horror Idle Hands, and Teaching Mrs. Tingle with Helen Mirren. More leading roles, Fox had on television. She starred opposite Arsenio Hall in the short-lived ABC sitcom Arsenio in 1997,[17] and was lead actress in the short-lived Fox sitcom Getting Personal in 1998. She played Queen of Sheba in the British television film Solomon in 1997. In 2000, she starred alongside Blair Underwood in the short-lived CBS medical drama, City of Angels.[18]

In 2001, Fox had starring roles in three films. First was Kingdom Come, a comedy-drama starring LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith and Whoopi Goldberg. She played the lead in the romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game,[19][20] and had supporting role in the independent comedy-drama Little Secrets. In 2002, she starred alongside Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. in Juwanna Mann, and with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Boat Trip. In 2003, Quentin Tarantino cast her as Vernita Green in his two-part martial arts film Kill Bill.[21]

2005–present

From 2004 to 2006, Fox starred as FBI special agent Nicole Scott and co-produced the Lifetime television crime drama series, Missing. She received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in 2006. Also in 2000s, she produced (and played the leading roles) several films, include Motives, The Salon, Getting Played and Three Can Play That Game. From 2007 to 2009, she had the recurring role in the HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm as a mother of a family displaced by a hurricane and taken in by Larry and Cheryl.

Fox was a judge on The WB's talent show The Starlet. Fox participated in the third season of ABC's hit television show, Dancing with the Stars,[22] she was voted off after the fourth week. In 2009, Fox served as celebrity spokesperson for the newly revamped Psychic Friends Network. After receiving backlash for her involvement with the network, Fox denied any involvement with the company, despite having filmed a commercial and promo video which had already gone to air.[23] Fox also hosted her own VH1 reality series Glam God with Vivica A. Fox (2008), TV Land's The Cougar (2009), and Lifetime's Prank My Mom (2012). She was contestant on The Apprentice in 2015.[24]

In late 2000s and 2010s, Fox had supporting roles in poorly received by critics movies such as The Hard Corps (2006) alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) starring Jamie Kennedy, and Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008) with Jessica Simpson. She worked in many smaller movies such as Shark City, Black November, 30 Days in Atlanta and Mercenaries the following years. On television, Fox had guest star roles on Law & Order, Drop Dead Diva, Melissa & Joey and Raising Hope. As regular, she starred in the syndicated sitcom Mr. Box Office alongside Bill Bellamy and Jon Lovitz.[25]

In 2015, she was cast as Cookie Lyon's sister for the second season of the Fox prime time soap opera, Empire.[24][26] In 2016, she reprised her Independence Day role in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence.[27] The film was released on June 24, 2016.

Personal life

In December 1998, Fox married singer Christopher "Sixx-Nine" Harvest. The couple divorced in 2002.[28] Fox later dated rapper 50 Cent in 2003.[29]

In November 2011, Fox and club promoter Omar "Slimm" White broke off their ten-month engagement.[30]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyHooker - VA Hospital 
1995Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee AirmenCharleneTelevision film
1995Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the HoodAshtray's Mother 
1996Independence DayJasmine DubrowMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Will Smith
Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Genre Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996Set It OffFrancesca "Frankie" Sutton 
1997Booty CallLysterine 
1997Batman & RobinMiss B. Haven 
1997Soul FoodMaxineAcapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1997SolomonQueen of ShebaTelevision film
1998Why Do Fools Fall in LoveElizabeth "Mickey" Waters 
1999Idle HandsDebi LeCure 
1999Saintly Switch, AA Saintly SwitchSara Anderson 
1999Teaching Mrs. TingleMiss Gold 
2000HendrixFaye PridgeonTelevision film
2001Double TakeShariUncredited cameo
2001Kingdom ComeLucille SlocumbNominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2001Two Can Play That GameShante SmithNominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2001Little SecretsPauline 
2002Juwanna MannMichelle LangfordNominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2002Boat TripFeliciaNominated – BET Award for Best Actress
2003Ride or DieLisaProducer
2003Kill Bill: Volume 1Vernita Green/Jeanie Bell AKA CopperheadNominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004Ella EnchantedLucinda Perriweather 
2004Kill Bill: Volume 2Vernita Green/Jeanie Bell AKA Copperhead 
2004MotivesConstance SimmsProducer
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Independent Film
2004BlastAgent Reed 
2005Salon, TheThe SalonJenny SmithProducer
2006Getting PlayedAndrea CollinsProducer
2006The Hard CorpsTamara Barclay 
2006Citizen DuaneMiss Houston 
2007Kickin' It Old SkoolRoxanna Jackson 
2007Motives 2Constance Simms 
2007Father of LiesBarbara Robinson 
2007Three Can Play That GameShante SmithProducer
2007CoverZahara Milton 
2008San SabaKate 
2008Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. HareDotty TortoiseVoice
2008Private Valentine: Blonde & DangerousSgt. Louisa Morley 
2009Slammin' Salmon, TheThe Slammin' SalmonNutella 
2009Hollywood & WineJackie Johnson 
2009There's a Stranger in my HouseHarmony's mother 
2009Shark CityVeronica Wolf 
2010Trapped: Haitian NightsViolet Martin[31] 
2010Junkyard DogSamantha Deatherage 
2010Miss NobodyNan Wilder 
2010Love Chronicles: Secrets RevealedJanet 
2010The Land of the AstronautsStudio Executive 
2010Farewell Mr. KringleZoe MarsdenTelevision film
2011Black GoldJackie 
2011Lord, All Men Can't Be DogsLisa 
2011A Holiday HeistDean Erma 
2011Cheaper to Keep HerMorgan Mays 
2011Annie Claus is Coming to TownLucy 
2011Searching for AngelsNurse Carter 
20111 Out of 7Devon 
2012Black NovemberAngela 
2012In the HiveBillie 
2012Solid StateAgent Fox 
2013CrosstownGabrielle 
2013Caught on TapeNadine 
2013The Pastor and Mrs. JonesMrs. Jones 
2013Line of DutyAgent Montelongo 
2013Home RunHelene 
2013Queen CityLady Midnight 
2013It's Not You, It's MeGina[32] 
2013Scooby-Doo! Stage FrightLotte LavoieVoice
2013The Power of LovePJ Payton 
2013So This Is ChristmasSharon 
2013A Christmas WeddingSharon Douglas 
2014Whatever She WantsVivian Wolf 
2014Looking for Mr. RightDella 
2014Sharknado 2: The Second OneSkyeTelevision film
2014MercenariesDonna "Raven" Ravena 
201430 Days in AtlantaWilson's Wife 
2014Cool Cat Saves The KidsHerself 
2015Chocolate CityKatherine McCoy 
2015Terms & ConditionsThe TargetCameo
2015Blaq GoldMayor Morgan HardawayTelevision film
20156 Ways to DieVeronica Smith 
20154Got10Imani Cole 
2015Golden ShoesMary 
2015Carter HighMrs. James 
2015A Royal Family HolidayMona LeviTelevision film
2015Royal Family ChristmasMona LeviTelevision film
2015The Good, the Bad and the DeadImani Cole 
2016IllicitLinda Steele 
2016Independence Day: ResurgenceJasmine Dubrow 
2016True to the GameShoog 
2016GibbyDirector 
2016The Wrong ChildRenee 
2016Chocolate City: VegasKatherine McCoy 
2017Fat CampBarb 

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Days of Our LivesCarmen SilvaRecurring role
1988China BeachToffee CandetteEpisodes: "Lost and Found" and "Lost and Found: Part 2"
1989Who's the Boss?Emily FranklinEpisode: "Living Dolls"
1989–91GenerationsMaya ReubensSeries regular
1991Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-AirJanetEpisode: "It Had to Be You"
1991Beverly Hills, 90210Sherice AsheEpisode: "Ashes to Ashes"
1992Family MattersHalawnaEpisode: "Jailhouse Blues"
1993MatlockCelebrity Patient at ClinicEpisode: "The Obsession"
1992–93Out All NightCharisse ChamberlainSeries regular, 20 episodes
1994–95Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the RestlessStephanie SimmonsSeries regular
1995MartinPatriceEpisode: "The Ex-Files"
1995Watcher, TheThe WatcherElizabethEpisode: "Second Chances"
1996Living SingleTinaEpisode: "Do You Take This Man's Wallet?"
1997ArsenioVicki AtwoodSeries regular, 7 episodes
1998Getting PersonalRobyn BuckleySeries regular, 18 episodes
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
1999CosbyAnitaEpisode: "War Stories"
1999Hughleys, TheThe HughleysRegina3 episodes
2000City of AngelsDr. Lillian PriceSeries regular, 13 episodes
2001Proud Family, TheThe Proud FamilyMargaret (Voice)Episode: "Seven Days of Kwanzaa"
2002My Wife and KidsKelly KyleEpisode: "Sister Story"
2003Ozzy & DrixEllen Patella (Voice)6 episodes
2003Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneAdelaide TylerEpisode: "Memphis"
2003TremorsDeloresEpisode: "The Key"
2003Parkers, TheThe ParkersClaireEpisode: "Kimmie Has Two Moms"
2004AliasToni CummingsEpisodes: "After Six" and "Legacy"
2004–061-800-MissingFBI Agent Nicole ScottSeries regular, 37 episodes, also co-executive producer
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
2005Loonatics UnleashedBlack Velvet (Voice)Episode: "The Cloak of Black Velvet"
2006All of UsBeverly HunterEpisodes: "Surprise, Surprise: Part 1" and "Surprise, Surprise: Part 2"
2007–09Curb Your EnthusiasmLoretta Black11 episodes
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2008)
2008Law & OrderKate TennyEpisode: "Sweetie"
2008Glam God with Vivica A. FoxHostExecutive producer
2009'da Kink In My HairKarenEpisode: "Oil's Well That Ends Well"
2010True Jackson, VPTrue's MomEpisode: "Pajama Party"
2010–13Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedAngel Dynamite/Cassidy WilliamsVoice, 20 episodes
2010Drop Dead DivaMaria EllisEpisode: "The Long Road to Napa"
2011Melissa and JoeyTashaEpisode: "Toledo's Next Top Model"
2011The ProtectorCaptain Lisa NovakEpisode: "Ghosts"
2012Raising HopeSara LouiseEpisode: "Hogging All the Glory"
2012–13Mr. Box OfficeCasandra WashingtonSeries regular, 26 episodes
2015–16Mann & WifeMichelleRecurring role
2015Sofia the FirstCarol (voice)Episode: "Carol of the Arrow"
2015–16EmpireCandace3 episodes
Video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2012Hitman: AbsolutionLasandra Dixon[6] 

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