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Also Known As: Karen L Parsons Died:
Born: October 8, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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Assured young TV actor who gained exposure playing Hilary Banks, the spoiled, self-centered cousin of Will Smith on the hit sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Parsons had previously worked as a model and appeared in nearly two dozen TV commercials before making her TV debut in "Roughhouse" (CBS, 1988), a busted pilot directed by Martha Coolidge. She began to branch out into a feature career playing the female lead in "Class Act" (1992), a teen comedy starring pop rappers Kid 'N' Play. Parsons was selected to perform similar chores opposite Damon Wayans in "Major Payne" (1995). She returned to series TV in 1996 co-starring with Lori Petty in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Lush Life," in which the two played roommates.

Assured young TV actor who gained exposure playing Hilary Banks, the spoiled, self-centered cousin of Will Smith on the hit sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Parsons had previously worked as a model and appeared in nearly two dozen TV commercials before making her TV debut in "Roughhouse" (CBS, 1988), a busted pilot directed by Martha Coolidge. She began to branch out into a feature career playing the female lead in "Class Act" (1992), a teen comedy starring pop rappers Kid 'N' Play. Parsons was selected to perform similar chores opposite Damon Wayans in "Major Payne" (1995). She returned to series TV in 1996 co-starring with Lori Petty in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Lush Life," in which the two played roommates.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Stromoli (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ladies Man, The (2000) Julie Simmons
2.
 Mixing Nia (1998) Nia
3.
4.
 Major Payne (1995)
5.
 Class Act (1992)
6.
 Death Spa (1990)
7.
 Canned Ham: The Ladies Man (2000) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1995:
Acted in the feature "Major Payne"
1990:
Feature debut, "Death Spa/Witch Bitch" (filmed in 1987)
1988:
TV debut, a supporting role in "Roughhouse", an unsold sitcom pilot directed by Martha Coolidge and broadcast on "CBS Summer Playhouse"
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Worked as a model while auditioning for acting jobs
1990:
Cast as Hilary Banks on the hit NBC sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
1996:
Co-starred with Lori Petty in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Lush Life"; also co-created the series
:
Formed her own production company, Bamboozled Goliwogg, Inc., to develop film and TV projects
1992:
Played the female lead in the feature, "Class Act"
1998:
Starred as a biracial woman in the independent film "Mixing Nia"
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Acted in commercials
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Began studying acting at age 13
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica, California -

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ken Parsons. Salesman. Caucasian.
mother:
Louise Parsons. Librarian. Black.

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