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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 19, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winslow, Arizona, USA Profession: actor, manager

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With her almond-shaped eyes and earthy intensity, Alexander possesses a disarmingly composed manner that often makes the characters she play appear more secure than they really are. Before nabbing the role of the calculating Maxine Shaw on the Fox sitcom "Living Single" (1993-97), Alexander made her TV series debut as Clair Huxtable's (Phylicia Rashad) 17-year-old less-privileged second cousin Pam on the last two seasons of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1990-1992). When that show's run ended, she showed up the following season as the proud but insecure medical student Cheryl Carter on the short-lived series "Going To Extremes" (ABC). But before TV discovered Alexander, she was already something of a seasoned show business trouper. In the second week of her freshman year at New York University, she dropped out to accept a role in Peter Brook's acclaimed "The Mahabaharta" (1987) in which she toured internationally for a year. Alexander then recreated her part for the film version shot in Paris.

With her almond-shaped eyes and earthy intensity, Alexander possesses a disarmingly composed manner that often makes the characters she play appear more secure than they really are. Before nabbing the role of the calculating Maxine Shaw on the Fox sitcom "Living Single" (1993-97), Alexander made her TV series debut as Clair Huxtable's (Phylicia Rashad) 17-year-old less-privileged second cousin Pam on the last two seasons of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1990-1992). When that show's run ended, she showed up the following season as the proud but insecure medical student Cheryl Carter on the short-lived series "Going To Extremes" (ABC). But before TV discovered Alexander, she was already something of a seasoned show business trouper. In the second week of her freshman year at New York University, she dropped out to accept a role in Peter Brook's acclaimed "The Mahabaharta" (1987) in which she toured internationally for a year. Alexander then recreated her part for the film version shot in Paris.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Elsa and Fred (2014)
2.
 Mission, La (2009)
3.
 Deja Vu (2006)
4.
 Full Frontal (2002) Lucy
5.
 Love Liza (2002) Brenda
6.
 30 Years to Life (2000) Joy
7.
 54 (1998) Ciel
8.
9.
 Last Best Year, The (1990) Amy
10.
 Long Walk Home, The (1990) Selma Cotter
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Had a peripatetic childhood as her father was an itinerant preacher
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Family settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986:
Feature film debut in "My Little Girl"
1987:
New York stage debut, Peter Brook's "The Mahabaharata"; also toured the world
1988:
Re-created role for film version of "The Mahabaharta" shot in Paris
1989:
Off-Broadway debut, Joseph Papp's Public Theater production of Bill Gunn's "The Forbidden City"
1990:
TV series debut as a regular, "The Cosby Show" (NBC)
1993:
Launched her own production company, Two Hands and a Mouthful
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Co-starred on Fox sitcom "Living Single"
1999:
Appeared as Bianca in the New Yrok Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" in Central Park (summer)
2001:
Had leading role in the Sundance-screened "30 Years to Life"
2002:
Returned to series TV as co-star of the Showtime drama "Street Time"
2006:
Had a recurring role on the FX series, "Heist"
2006:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington in director Tony Scott's "DéjÀ Vu"
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Education

Philadelphia High School for Girls: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

Alexander is the manager of singer Shawana Kemp.

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husband:
Tony Puryear. Screenwriter. Born c. 1958; married on September 27, 1997.

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