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Also Known As: Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jada Pinkett, Jada Smith, Jada Koren Pinkett Died:
Born: September 18, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, music video director, motivational speaker, clothing designer

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Despite her diminutive stature, Jada Pinkett Smith enjoyed a certain level of notoriety in roles that exploited her strong will and determination, but when she became one-half of Hollywood's more popular power couples alongside husband Will Smith, her fame jumped to a new level. After appearing as a regular on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) spin-off "Another World" (NBC, 1987-1993), Pinkett Smith delivered a number of impressive performances in films like "Menace II Society" (1993) and "Jason's Lyric" (1994). Before long, she was balancing mainstream family fare like Eddie Murphy's broad comedy "The Nutty Professor" (1996) with such gritty dramas as "Set it Off" (1996). After marrying Smith in 1997, she appeared with her husband for the first time in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali" (2001). Collaborating off-screen, they went on to co-create and produce the unconventional family sitcom, "All of Us" (UPN/The CW, 2003-07), even as Pinkett Smith was seen in the back-to-back big screen blockbusters "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). She branched out into animation, lending her voice to the lucrative "Madagascar" (2005) franchise and did double duty as the star and...

Despite her diminutive stature, Jada Pinkett Smith enjoyed a certain level of notoriety in roles that exploited her strong will and determination, but when she became one-half of Hollywood's more popular power couples alongside husband Will Smith, her fame jumped to a new level. After appearing as a regular on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) spin-off "Another World" (NBC, 1987-1993), Pinkett Smith delivered a number of impressive performances in films like "Menace II Society" (1993) and "Jason's Lyric" (1994). Before long, she was balancing mainstream family fare like Eddie Murphy's broad comedy "The Nutty Professor" (1996) with such gritty dramas as "Set it Off" (1996). After marrying Smith in 1997, she appeared with her husband for the first time in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali" (2001). Collaborating off-screen, they went on to co-create and produce the unconventional family sitcom, "All of Us" (UPN/The CW, 2003-07), even as Pinkett Smith was seen in the back-to-back big screen blockbusters "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). She branched out into animation, lending her voice to the lucrative "Madagascar" (2005) franchise and did double duty as the star and co-producer of the medical drama, "Hawthorne" (TNT, 2009-2011). She and Smith extended the scope of the family business when they produced the hit remake of the classic "The Karate Kid" (2010), featuring son Jaden in the title role. As an actress, producer, director and writer Pinkett Smith appeared to have found that elusive intersection where work and family intersect with admirable success.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Magic Mike XXL (2015)
3.
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 The Women (2008)
5.
 Reign Over Me (2007)
6.
 Collateral (2004) Annie [Farrell]
7.
 Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) Niobe
8.
 Matrix Revolutions, The (2003) Niobe
9.
 KINGDOM COME (2001) Charisse Slocumb
10.
 Ali (2001) Sonji Roi
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Made professional stage debut in a regional production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"
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Moved to L.A. after attending the North Carolina School of the Arts for one year
1990:
Met Keenen Ivory Wayans through a friend and acquired an agent with Wayans' assistance
1990:
Made first TV appearance on the Fox sitcom "True Colors"
1990:
Acted in the unsold ABC-TV pilot "Moe's World"
1991:
Joined the cast of the NBC spin-off series "A Different World" as college freshman Lena James
1993:
Made feature debut in crime drama "Menace II Society"
1994:
First feature lead, "Jason's Lyric"
1994:
Co-starred with Keenen Ivory Wayans (also wrote and directed) in "A Low Down Dirty Shame"
1996:
Gained widespread recognition playing a female bank robber in "Set It Off"
1996:
Cast as Eddie Murphy's leading lady in the remake of "The Nutty Professor"
1997:
Landed minor part in the opening scene of "Scream 2"
1998:
Played the title role in the romantic comedy "Woo"
2000:
Appeared in the Spike Lee-directed satire "Bamboozled"
2001:
Played Anthony Anderson's loudmouth wife in the comedy "Kingdom Come"
2001:
Teamed onscreen with husband Will Smith in the Academy Award-nominated film "Ali"
2003:
Co-starred as Niobe in the Wachowski Brothers' "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions"
2004:
Appeared in the film "Collateral" alongside Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx
2004:
Opened for Britney Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour with her rock-soul band Wicked Wisdom
2005:
Voiced Gloria the Hippo in the animated feature "Madagascar"
2006:
With her band Wicked Wisdom, released their self-titled debut album
2007:
Played Don Cheadle's wife in Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me"
2008:
Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce
2008:
Once again lent her voice to Gloria the Hippo in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
2008:
Premiered her writing and directorial debut "The Human Contract" at the Cannes Film Festival
2009:
Cast as head nurse Christina Hawthorne on the TNT medical drama "HawthoRNe"; also served as executive producer
2010:
With husband Will, co-roduced feature remake of "The Karate Kid," starring their real-life son Jaden Smith
2012:
Reprised voice role of Gloria the Hippo in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
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Education

Baltimore School For the Arts: Baltimore , Maryland -
North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina -

Notes

Pinkett was named after Jada Rowlands (star of "The Secret Storm", "As the World Turns" and "The Doctors"), her mother's favorite soap actress.

Pinkett has launched Maja, a line of women's T-shirts and dresses that display the slogan "Sister Power". These items are sold primarily through small catalogs.

"Growing up in the neighborhoods that I grew up in and having a mother who was addicted to heroin, I had to learn to be a spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical fighter at a young age. And it just prepared me for the struggle. Nobody was going to stop me. So by the time I got to L.A., I was fearless. And I just kept that mentality, like I'm going to get mine no matter what."---Pinkett Smith quoted to Interview, August 2004.

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husband:
Will Smith. Actor, singer. Together from 1995; married on December 31, 1997 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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grandmother:
Marion Banfield. Social worker. Maternal; died c. 1985 when Pinkett was 14.
father:
Robsol Pinkett Jr. Contractor. Divorced from Pinkett's mother after a few months of marriage; runs a construction company.
mother:
Adrienne Banfield. Nurse. Born in 1953; became pregnant with Pinkett while in high school; divorced; married twice more, to lawyer Walter Brown c. 1980 and Paul Jones on July 19, 1997 Pinkett's father after a few months; head nurse at an inner-city Baltimore clinic.
son:
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith. Born on July 8, 1998 in Los Angeles.
daughter:
Willow Camille Reign Smith. Born on October 31, 2000 in Los Angeles.
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