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Also Known As: Wanda Sykes Hall Died:
Born: March 7, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer

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An irascible stand-up comic whose acid-tongued, take-no-prisoners style earned her widespread acclaim, Wanda Sykes had, over a short period of time, developed into one of the top female comedians in the business. Though small and impish in stature, Sykes loomed large on the comedy scene, ever since her stint on "The Chris Rock Show" (HBO, 1997-2000) - a breakthrough that helped propel the unknown comedian into the limelight. Ever since, Sykes made a career of cutting through the bull and hypocrisy of life, though never in a mean-spirited or pugnacious way. Instead, she wrapped her brash humor in a blanket of charm and intelligence, allowing Sykes to talk about touchy issues like race and politics without having to sacrifice her integrity.

An irascible stand-up comic whose acid-tongued, take-no-prisoners style earned her widespread acclaim, Wanda Sykes had, over a short period of time, developed into one of the top female comedians in the business. Though small and impish in stature, Sykes loomed large on the comedy scene, ever since her stint on "The Chris Rock Show" (HBO, 1997-2000) - a breakthrough that helped propel the unknown comedian into the limelight. Ever since, Sykes made a career of cutting through the bull and hypocrisy of life, though never in a mean-spirited or pugnacious way. Instead, she wrapped her brash humor in a blanket of charm and intelligence, allowing Sykes to talk about touchy issues like race and politics without having to sacrifice her integrity.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Snatched (2017)
4.
 Bad Moms (2016)
5.
 Hot Flashes, The (2013)
7.
 Rio (2011)
8.
 Evan Almighty (2007)
9.
 Brother Bear 2 (2006)
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1987:
Began stand-up comedy career after entering a Washington, DC area talent competition
1997:
Joined the writing staff and cast of the HBO series "The Chris Rock Show"
1998:
Made film debut in "Tomorrow Night"; directed by "The Chris Rock Show" co-writer Louis C.K.
2000:
Acted in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"
2001:
Re-teamed with Rock in "Pootie Tang" (based on a sketch from Rock's show) and "Down to Earth"
2001:
Was a regular on the NBC midseason replacement series "The Downer Channel"
2001:
Played a recurring role on Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
2002:
Voiced a recurring character named Gladys on Comedy Central's puppet show "Crank Yankers"
2003:
Cast in her own Fox sitcom "Wanda at Large"
2003:
Appeared in the hour-long Comedy Central special "Tongue Untied"
2004:
Starred in her own short-lived Comedy Central show "Wanda Does It"
2004:
Penned a book of humorous observations on various topics titled <i>Yeah, I Said It</i>
2005:
Cast as Jane Fonda's long-suffering personal assistant in the comedy "Monster-in-Law"
2006:
Landed a recurring role on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS); became a series regular in the second season
2006:
Starred in first HBO Comedy Special titled "Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired"
2007:
Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"
2009:
Hosted the short-lived talk program "The Wanda Sykes Show" (Fox)
2009:
Starred in HBO comedy special "Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
2011:
Voiced the character of Chloe the Goose in the animated feature "Rio"
2011:
Guest starred on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva"
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Education

Hampton University: Hampton , Virginia -

Notes

"Wanda Sykes gets angry better than anybody. She can rant and rave as well as Jackie Gleason could." -- "The Downer Channel" executive producer Robert Morton, quoted in NBC press notes, 2001.

"I know I come across as being angry, but I am just being me. People think I am being angry, but I am not.

"That's one thing I love. When I got into this (career), I wanted a point of view. I have to have something to strongly believe in.

"That's the only way I can play it. I am not an actress. If you give me something and I have a belief in it, I can run with it." --Wanda Sykes to Naples Daily News, July 27, 2001.

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brother:
Harry. Older.

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