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Also Known As: Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Died:
Born: November 28, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Marc, , HT Profession: actor, model

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Haitian-born beauty Garcelle Beauvais made the smooth transition from fashion model to successful actress with roles on fan-favorite series that included "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB, 1996-2001) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). After getting her modeling start in Florida where she also briefly appeared in early episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-1990), Beauvais moved to New York City and began a lucrative career with the Ford Modeling Agency. Intent on working in film and TV, she eventually relocated to the West Coast and landed a spot on the melodrama "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994-95). Although the show was quickly cancelled, Beauvais was soon on to bigger and better things with a leading role on the sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show." During that time, she also took on work in films like "Wild Wild West" (1999) and "Double Take" (2001). Once again elevating the stature of her projects, she next joined the cast of the groundbreaking police drama "NYPD Blue" for three seasons. Other note-worthy roles included a turn alongside Forest Whittaker in the drama feature "American Gun" (2006), prior to her regular cast role on the legal comedy-drama series "Franklin & Bash" (TNT, 2011- ). Beauty, brains, tenacity...

Haitian-born beauty Garcelle Beauvais made the smooth transition from fashion model to successful actress with roles on fan-favorite series that included "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB, 1996-2001) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). After getting her modeling start in Florida where she also briefly appeared in early episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-1990), Beauvais moved to New York City and began a lucrative career with the Ford Modeling Agency. Intent on working in film and TV, she eventually relocated to the West Coast and landed a spot on the melodrama "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994-95). Although the show was quickly cancelled, Beauvais was soon on to bigger and better things with a leading role on the sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show." During that time, she also took on work in films like "Wild Wild West" (1999) and "Double Take" (2001). Once again elevating the stature of her projects, she next joined the cast of the groundbreaking police drama "NYPD Blue" for three seasons. Other note-worthy roles included a turn alongside Forest Whittaker in the drama feature "American Gun" (2006), prior to her regular cast role on the legal comedy-drama series "Franklin & Bash" (TNT, 2011- ). Beauty, brains, tenacity and talent all made for a winning combination for Beauvais, an actress as versatile as she was vivacious.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Small Time (2014)
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 White House Down (2013)
5.
 Flight (2012)
6.
 Suddenly Single (2012)
7.
 Women in Trouble (2009)
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9.
 American Gun (2005)
10.
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1974:
Moved with family to USA at age seven (date approximate)
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Raised in the Peabody, Massachusetts, area
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Began her modeling career in Miami
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Moved to NYC and signed with Ford modeling agency
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Landed a job as a waitress at New York's Playboy Club
1986:
First film appearance, a bit part in "Manhunter"
1988:
Had small role in "Coming to America"
1994:
TV series debut as regular on "Models Inc."
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Appeared in the "Down Low" video by R. Kelly
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Became a member of The Groundlings, an improvisation troupe in L.A.
1996:
Had regular role of Francesca 'Fancy' Monroe on The WB sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show"
2000:
Joined the cast of the ABC drama series "NYPD Blue", playing an assistant district attorney
2002:
Had supporting role in the feature "Bad Company"
2004:
Joined the cast for "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"
2006:
Co-starred as Forest Whitaker's wife in Aric Avelino's film debut "American Gun"
2007:
Played a detective in the thriller "I Know Who Killed Me"
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Education

North Miami Beach High School: -
Miami Norland High School: -

Notes

"I am fortunate. I could be working at Hooters. Not that working at Hooters is a bad thing."---Beauvais-Nilon on her success, told People, December 3, 2001.

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husband:
Daniel Saunders. Producer, business manager. Met on a blind date in 1988; divorced; father of Oliver.
husband:
Mike Nilon. Talent agent. Born c. 1967; married in May 2001.

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father:
Axel Beauvais. Lawyer. Died in 1990.
mother:
Marie Claire Beauvais. Nurse. Moved to USA with her children to study nursing.
son:
Oliver Saunders. Born in 1991.

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