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Also Known As: Lanai M Chapman Died:
Born: January 23, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, writer, director, producer, voice actor

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While still in college, the multi-talented Chapman wrote her first play, "Home Run," which she went on to produce and direct. In the taut drama "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story" (NBC, 1989), she appeared as basketball star Isaiah Thomas' mother at age 16 (with Alfre Woodard playing the adult Mary). Chapman gained considerable experience with guest shots on TV series including "China Beach"; the Fox comedy "True Colors" in a recurring role; and ABC's "The Wonder Years" in a memorable turn as the hip new teacher who inspires Kevin (Fred Savage) to think for himself. She followed up playing Ensign Rager on the syndicated "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with another highflying role as a regular on "Space: Above and Beyond" (Fox, 1995-96), as a fighter pilot with an empathetic nature.

While still in college, the multi-talented Chapman wrote her first play, "Home Run," which she went on to produce and direct. In the taut drama "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story" (NBC, 1989), she appeared as basketball star Isaiah Thomas' mother at age 16 (with Alfre Woodard playing the adult Mary). Chapman gained considerable experience with guest shots on TV series including "China Beach"; the Fox comedy "True Colors" in a recurring role; and ABC's "The Wonder Years" in a memorable turn as the hip new teacher who inspires Kevin (Fred Savage) to think for himself. She followed up playing Ensign Rager on the syndicated "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with another highflying role as a regular on "Space: Above and Beyond" (Fox, 1995-96), as a fighter pilot with an empathetic nature.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Rat Race (2001) Merrill Jennings
3.
 White Men Can't Jump (1992) Lanei
7.
 Soul Decisions (2004)
8.
 Lies of the Heart (1991) Charlene
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Born and raised in the Los Angeles area
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Wrote first play "Home Run" while in college; subsequently produced and directed play starring Kim Fields Freeman
1989:
TV acting debut in biopic, "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story", portraying the title character as a teenager
1992:
Feature film debut, "White Men Can't Jump"
1992:
Appeared as Cecily in all-Black film version of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
1993:
TV series debut on NBC primetime soap "The Secrets of Lake Success"
1994:
Directed short film "Appearances" which features Kim Fields Freeman (date approximate)
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Cast as regular on Fox sci-fi series, "Space: Above and Beyond"
2001:
Cast as Whoopi Goldberg's daughter in the comedy "Rat Race"
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Education

Dartmouth College: Hanover , New Hampshire -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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