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Born: January 28, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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Versatile black player with stage, TV and film experience who appeared on Broadway in "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" (1981) and gained notice for two quite different but equally impressive performances in 1991: as the attractive, intelligent Bensonhurst woman who dates John Turturro in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever," and as the harried mother who favors one son (Morris Chestnut) over the other (Ice Cube) in John Singleton's forceful coming-of-age drama, "Boyz N the Hood."

Versatile black player with stage, TV and film experience who appeared on Broadway in "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" (1981) and gained notice for two quite different but equally impressive performances in 1991: as the attractive, intelligent Bensonhurst woman who dates John Turturro in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever," and as the harried mother who favors one son (Morris Chestnut) over the other (Ice Cube) in John Singleton's forceful coming-of-age drama, "Boyz N the Hood."

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 Better Off Dead (1993) Cutter Dubuque
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 Poetic Justice (1993)
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 Equinox (1992)
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 Jungle Fever (1991)
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 Ulterior Motives (1991)
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 Boyz N The Hood (1991)
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Appeared in stage productions including, "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" (1981) and "Ain't Misbehavin'" on Broadway and the national touring company of "Dreamgirls"
1987:
First feature appearance, "Nuts"
1988:
First major role in a feature, "School Daze"
1986:
First TV role, "Are You My Mother?" For ABC's Afterschool Specials
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Moved from Houston to New York after high school
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Moved to Los Angeles
1987:
Regular role on TV series, "Bronx Zoo"
1984:
Feature film debut, "Gimme an F"
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While a high school senior, played Portia in a University of Texas at Austin production of "The Merchant of Venice"
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Education

Houston High School of Performing Arts: Houston, Texas -

Notes

"There is no wall for me, in terms of casting and my capacity as an actress. It's unfortunate that one still represents all for blacks in movies. But if that's the case, I'm going to represent my blackness and the majority of black women not represented. . . . As a child, when I would go into the closet to pray and dream, it was not about dinner theater. I saw it as big as you can have and persistence pays." --Tyra Ferrell in VILLAGE VOICE, August 20, 1991

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