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Born: October 16, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, singer, writer

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Sister to Keenan Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon, comic actress Kim Wayans came to prominence as one of the key cast members of her famous brothers' groundbreaking, sketch series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94, 2012-). Parodying stars like Grace Jones and Whitney Houston, Wayans stood out in an already scenery-chewing comic troupe. The majority of her work in the 1990s came courtesy of family projects like "A Low Down Dirty Shame" (1994), "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996) and "The Wayans Bros." (The WB, 1995-99). The talented sister also appeared in non-family projects like "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-99), but returned to the fold with writing, producing and directing duties on Damon's "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05). In a switch from the norm, Wayans essayed a breakthrough performance in Dee Rees's drama "Pariah" (2011) playing the fierce mother of a Brooklyn teen who questions her sexuality. Although audiences enjoyed her traditional work with her family, Wayans proved that she was equally adept in drama as she was in comedy, paving the way for new career opportunities.

Sister to Keenan Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon, comic actress Kim Wayans came to prominence as one of the key cast members of her famous brothers' groundbreaking, sketch series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94, 2012-). Parodying stars like Grace Jones and Whitney Houston, Wayans stood out in an already scenery-chewing comic troupe. The majority of her work in the 1990s came courtesy of family projects like "A Low Down Dirty Shame" (1994), "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996) and "The Wayans Bros." (The WB, 1995-99). The talented sister also appeared in non-family projects like "In the House" (NBC, 1995-96; UPN, 1996-99), but returned to the fold with writing, producing and directing duties on Damon's "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05). In a switch from the norm, Wayans essayed a breakthrough performance in Dee Rees's drama "Pariah" (2011) playing the fierce mother of a Brooklyn teen who questions her sexuality. Although audiences enjoyed her traditional work with her family, Wayans proved that she was equally adept in drama as she was in comedy, paving the way for new career opportunities.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pariah (2011)
2.
 Dance Flick (2009)
3.
 Juwanna Mann (2002) Latisha Jansen
4.
 Talking About Sex (1994) Andie Norman
5.
 Low Down Dirty Shame, A (1994) Diane
6.
 Floundering (1994) Edd Clerk
7.
 Wisecracks (1991) Herself
8.
 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Nightclub Singer
9.
 Hollywood Shuffle (1987) Customer In Chair
10.
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Raised in the Chelsea section of NYC
1987:
Moved to L.A.
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Began appearing as a stand-up comic in clubs like The Improv
1987:
Feature film debut, bit part in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle"
1987:
Landed a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "A Different World"
1988:
Played a nightclub singer in "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka", directed by brother Keenen; also served as production assistant
1990:
Featured in the ensemble of sketch comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox) alongside brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon
1994:
Featured in the action comedy "A Low Down Dirty Shame," written and directed by brother Keenen
1995:
Landed a recurring role on the series "In the House" (NBC); made a series regular when show moved to UPN
2002:
Wrote several episodes of the ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids," which starred her brother Damon
2002:
Appeared in the basketball comedy "Juwanna Mann"
2007:
Played a featured role in the TV-movie "What News?" (TBS)
2011:
Made a dramatic turn as the mother of a gay teen in the drama feature "Pariah," directed by Dee Rees
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Education

Wesleyan University: Middletown , Connecticut -

Family close complete family listing

father:
Howell Wayans. Supermarket manager. Jehovah's witness.
mother:
Elvira Wayans.
brother:
Dwayne Wayans. Actor. Born c. 1957; oldest brother; was cast member and production assistant on "In Living Color".
brother:
Keenen Ivory Wayans. Actor, director, producer, writer. Born June 8, 1958.
brother:
Damon Wayans. Actor, screenwriter. Born 1960; born with a clubfoot and underwent several operations; fourth of ten children.
sister:
Deidre Wayans.
brother:
Shawn Wayans. Actor. Second youngest of ten children.
brother:
Marlon Wayans. Actor. Youngest of ten.
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