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Also Known As: Nitara Carlynn Long Died:
Born: October 30, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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A gorgeous, gifted actress, Nia Long impressed as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s girlfriend in "Boyz in the Hood" (1991) and charmed opposite Will Smith in "Made in America" (1993) and on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Achieving movie stardom, she scored memorable roles in such hits as "Friday" (1995), "Love Jones" (1997), "Soul Food" (1997), "Hav Plenty" (1997), "Held Up" (1999), "Stigmata" (1999) and "The Best Man" (1999), for which she won a Best Actress Image Award. Long also scored small roles in "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy" (2000) and "Boiler Room" (2000), but ascended to box office heaven with roles in the blockbusters "Big Momma's House" (2000) and its 2006 sequel. She earned critical acclaim as undercover detective Sasha Monroe on "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), which earned her an additional two Best Actress Image Awards. After a supporting turn in "Alfie" (2004), she starred opposite Ice Cube in the family-friendly comedies "Are We There Yet?" (2005) and "Are We Done Yet?" (2007). One of the premier African-American leading ladies of her era, Nia Long proved she was an exceptional talent deserving of bigger and better roles.

A gorgeous, gifted actress, Nia Long impressed as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s girlfriend in "Boyz in the Hood" (1991) and charmed opposite Will Smith in "Made in America" (1993) and on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). Achieving movie stardom, she scored memorable roles in such hits as "Friday" (1995), "Love Jones" (1997), "Soul Food" (1997), "Hav Plenty" (1997), "Held Up" (1999), "Stigmata" (1999) and "The Best Man" (1999), for which she won a Best Actress Image Award. Long also scored small roles in "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy" (2000) and "Boiler Room" (2000), but ascended to box office heaven with roles in the blockbusters "Big Momma's House" (2000) and its 2006 sequel. She earned critical acclaim as undercover detective Sasha Monroe on "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), which earned her an additional two Best Actress Image Awards. After a supporting turn in "Alfie" (2004), she starred opposite Ice Cube in the family-friendly comedies "Are We There Yet?" (2005) and "Are We Done Yet?" (2007). One of the premier African-American leading ladies of her era, Nia Long proved she was an exceptional talent deserving of bigger and better roles.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spy (2015)
2.
3.
4.
 Mooz-lum (2010)
5.
 Good Hair (2009)
6.
 Gospel Hill (2008)
7.
 Are We Done Yet? (2007)
8.
 Premonition (2007)
9.
 Big Momma's House 2 (2006) Cast
10.
 Are We There Yet? (2005) Suzanne Kingston
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in NYC
1977:
Moved with family to Los Angeles at age six
1986:
Made TV debut in an episode of "227" (NBC)
1986:
First major role in the ABC movie, "The B.R.A.T. Patrol"
1990:
Appeared in first feature, "Buried Alive"
1991:
First notable role was as Kathryn 'Kat' Speakes on the CBS soap opera "Guiding Light"
1991:
Breakout role as the love interest to Cuba Gooding Jr. in John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood"
1994:
Joined cast of NBC sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" in recurring role of Will's girlfriend
1995:
Co-starred in the film comedy "Friday"
1997:
First lead role in a feature, "Love Jones"; also performed two songs
1997:
Was in the ensemble cast of the hit film "Soul Food"
1997:
Formed own production company
1997:
Co-starred in the festival-screened "Hav Plenty"; screened at Sundance in 1998
1998:
Starred in the pilot "Black Jaq" (an unsold pilot, produced by Forest Whitaker)
1999:
Co-starred in the comedy film, "The Best Man"
2000:
Played Giovanni Ribisi's girlfriend in "Boiler Room"
2001:
Had recurring role as a love interest for Richard T Jones' character on the CBS drama "Judging Amy"
2003:
Became a regular on the drama series "Third Watch" (NBC)
2004:
Starred in "Baadasssss!" Mario Van Peebles' homage to his father Melvin's 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
2004:
Played Lonette, the ex-girlfriend of Alfie's best friend, in a remake of "Alfie"
2005:
Starred opposite Ice Cube in the comedy "Are We There Yet?"
2006:
Co-starred with Martin Lawrence in the comedy "Big Momma's House 2"
2006:
Guest-starred in three episodes of "Boston Legal," (ABC) as Vanessa Walker, a disciplined, ambitious, micromanaging new associate
2007:
Cast as Sandra Bullock's best friend in the thriller, "Premonition"
2007:
Again starred opposite Ice Cube in the sequel, "Are We Done Yet?"
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Education

Santa Monica College: Santa Monica , California -
Westchester High School: Los Angeles , California - 1989

Notes

Long discovered that one of her classmates in junior high was her half-sister Djamila.

"I thank God I grew up in an environment where things were real. It wasn't a movie. It wasn't glamorous. It was my life."---Nia Long on her upbringing, to People, March 31, 1997.

"I get annoyed because [show] business is so full of shit sometimes. But for the most part, I'm very happy with the pace that I'm taking to get where I'm going. I think in a couple of years everyone will know who Nia Long is. Put it like that."---From Movieline, October 1997.

"I've always been the type of person to disappear. Every time I come back I'm better and stronger."---Nia Long quoted to Honey Magazine, August 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Chris Webber. Professional athlete. No longer together.
companion:
Peter Thomas. Restaurant owner. Born c. 1961.
husband:
Massai Dorsey. Businessman. Engaged; married June 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Doughtry Long. High school teacher. Divorced from Long's mother in 1974.
mother:
Talita Long. Art teacher, bus driver, beer salesperson. Divorced from Long's father in 1974.
half-sister:
Djamila Long.
son:
Massai Zhivago Dorsey II. Born on November 26, 2000; father, Massai Dorsey.
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