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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " KIMBERLY ELISE " IS AN AMERICAN FILM AND TELEVISION ACTRESS : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Kimberly Elise


Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise.jpg
Kimberly Elise in 2012
BornKimberly Elise Trammel
April 17, 1967 (age 48)
Minneapolis, MinnesotaU.S.
Other namesKimberly Elise Oldham
Kimberly Oldham
OccupationActress
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Maurice Oldham (m. 1989–2005)
Websitewww.kimberlyelise.com
Kimberly Elise Trammel (born April 17, 1967), professionally known as Kimberly Elise, is an American film and television actress. She made her feature film debut in Set It Off (1996), and later received critical acclaim for her performance in Beloved (1998).
During her career, Elise has appeared in films such as John Q. (2001), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Great Debaters (2007), For Colored Girls (2010), and Dope (2015). She received Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in 2004 drama film, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and played the leading roles in a number of made for television movies. Elise also starred in the CBS crime drama series, Close to Home (2005-07), and in 2013 began starring in the VH1 comedy-drama series, Hit the Floor.

Early life

Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (née Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm.[1][2] She has three siblings. She studied film and acting at the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in Mass Communications.[3]

Career

Elise's first film was Set It Off (1996), in which she played one of four women who resort to robbing a bank for money. Her big break came in 1997 when she was cast in the Family Channel original television movie The Ditchdigger's Daughters, based on the Pulitzer-prize nominated and critically acclaimed 1995 memoir The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story, written by Yvonne S. Thornton and Jo Coudert. She received critical acclaim for her role in this film, and in 1997, she was recognized as Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries at the 19th annual CableACE Awards. A relative unknown at the time, she conveyed her anonymity upon receiving the award by saying: "Who is Kimberly Elise?" Her performance helped her land a role the next year in Beloved alongside Oprah Winfreyand Danny Glover. She is often compared to a young Cicely Tyson, whom she resembles.
In 2004, she appeared in Woman Thou Art Loosed portraying Michelle, an abused young woman who finally got the help she needed behind bars. This role won her a Black Reel award for Best Actress. She also appeared in John QThe Manchurian Candidate and Diary of a Mad Black Woman (she won a NAACP Image Award for the latter). From 2005 to 2007, she was part of the main cast of the CBS crime drama Close to Home, playing the Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) prosecutor Maureen Scofield. Her character was killed off in the last episode of the series. The series was cancelled on May 2007.
She has since made a guest appearance on the situation comedy Girlfriends, in which she played an HIV-positive woman.
Her most recent film role was in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010), as the battered wife Crystal. While the film itself received mixed to negative reviews,[4] her performance was praised by many critics. One journalist described her as "the great lost Best Supporting Actress contender of the 2010 season".[5] Since 2013 Kimberly is part of the cast ofVH1's new series Hit The Floor.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Elise was married to Maurice Oldham from 1989 to 2005. The couple had two daughters, Aja Arial Oldham (born March 16, 1990) and Butterfly JaelaRose Jurney Oldham (born October 19, 1998). Maurice Oldham died from a "massive blood clot" in 2007.[8]
Elise's maternal descent is of the Songhai people.[9] Elise is vegan and has worked with PETA to promote that lifestyle.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Set It OffTisean 'T.T.' Williams
1997The Ditchdigger's DaughtersJeanetteTelevision film
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1998BelovedDenverChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2000The Loretta Claiborne StoryLoretta ClaiborneTelevision film
2000BaitLisa Hill
2001BojanglesFannieTelevision film
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2002John QDenise ArchibaldNominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004Woman Thou Art LoosedMichelle JordanBlack Reel Award for Best Independent Film Actress
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004The Manchurian CandidateEugenie RoseNominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005Diary of a Mad Black WomanHelen Simmons-McCarterBET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2007PrideSue Carter
2007The Great DebatersPearl Farmer
2009Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson StorySonya CarsonTelevision film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
MovieGuide Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Prism Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
2010For Colored GirlsCrystal Wallace / Lady in BrownAfrican-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2011Ties That BindTheresa Harper
2012Highland ParkToni
2012Hannah's LawStagecoach Mary
2013Event 15Blau
2014The Night SessionDoreenShort film
2014A Day Late and a Dollar ShortJanelleTelevision film
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - TV Movie or Mini-Series
2014Apple Mortgage CakeAngelaTelevision film
2015DopeLisa Hayes
2015Back to School MomMary Thomas
2016HellbentKarina McCallum
2016Confirmation[11]Sonia Jarvis

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Newton's AppleBile duct supervisorEpisode "Jungle Survival/Liver/Emus"
1995In the HouseRouletteEpisode "Nanna Don't Play"
1996The SentinelCandace BlakeEpisode "Black or White"
2002The Twilight ZoneJasmine Gardens / Police DetectiveEpisode "Another Life"
2003GirlfriendsReesie JacksonEpisodes " The Fast Track & the Furious", "The Pact"
2002-2003Soul FoodEstellaEpisodes "Falling from Grace", "Emotional Collateral"
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2005-2007Close to HomeMaureen ScofieldSeries regular, 43 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
2007Private PracticeAngie PagetEpisode "In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole"
2007Masters of Science FictionTilly VeeTV mini-series
2009Grey's AnatomyDr. SwenderEpisodes "Here's to Future Days", "Sweet Surrender", " Elevator Love Letter"
2011HawthorneEpisode "A Shot in the Dark"
2013–presentHit The FloorSloane HayesSeries regular

Awards and nominations

  • 1999: Nominated - Best Actress for Beloved (1998)
    • 2010: Won - Best Supporting Actress for For Colored Girls
  • 2002: Won - Best Supporting Actress for Bojangles (2001)
  • 2003: Nominated - Best Actress for John Q (2002)
  • 2005: Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • 2005: Won - Best Actress, Independent Film for Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
  • 2006: Won - Best Actress for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
  • 2011: Nominated - Best Actress for For Colored Girls
  • 2011: Won - Outstanding Ensemble for For Colored Girls
  • 1997: Won - Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for The Ditchdigger's Daughters (1997)
  • 1999: Won - Most Promising Actress for Beloved (1998)
  • 1999: Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Beloved (1998)
Golden Satellite Awards
  • 1999: Won - Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Drama for Beloved (1998)