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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 17, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: singer, actor

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A native of Washington D.C., Nona Gaye is best known for her acclaimed performance opposite Will Smith as Belinda, Muhammad Ali's second wife in Michael Mann's "Ali" (2001). The result of her feature film debut was rave reviews, and a call from USA Today for a supporting actress Oscar nomination. She appeared on stage for the first time when she was three weeks old with her father, soul legend Marvin Gaye. At six years old her father announced on Soul Train, "She sings quite well." So at the tender age of 14, Gaye cut her first demo and was signed to Atlantic Records at 16. In 1992, she released her first album, "Love for the Future", which received high praise from the music industry. Gaye added modeling to her career, shooting a campaign for Armani and walking the runway for Gianni Versace. In 2001, Gaye returned to the recording studio, collaborating with Bono & Artists Against Aids Worldwide re-recording "What's Going On" as a call to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. After taking time to raise her son, Nolan, Gaye began to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She was cast as Zee (a supporting role that was previously held by the late Aaliyah) in the sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" and...

A native of Washington D.C., Nona Gaye is best known for her acclaimed performance opposite Will Smith as Belinda, Muhammad Ali's second wife in Michael Mann's "Ali" (2001). The result of her feature film debut was rave reviews, and a call from USA Today for a supporting actress Oscar nomination. She appeared on stage for the first time when she was three weeks old with her father, soul legend Marvin Gaye. At six years old her father announced on Soul Train, "She sings quite well." So at the tender age of 14, Gaye cut her first demo and was signed to Atlantic Records at 16. In 1992, she released her first album, "Love for the Future", which received high praise from the music industry.

Gaye added modeling to her career, shooting a campaign for Armani and walking the runway for Gianni Versace.

In 2001, Gaye returned to the recording studio, collaborating with Bono & Artists Against Aids Worldwide re-recording "What's Going On" as a call to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa.

After taking time to raise her son, Nolan, Gaye began to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She was cast as Zee (a supporting role that was previously held by the late Aaliyah) in the sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" (both 2003), and turned in a fine performance via the groundbreaking Performance Capture technology in the CGI-animated children's story "The Polar Express" (2004).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blood and Bone (2009)
2.
 xXx: State of the Union (2005) Cast
3.
 Gospel, The (2005)
4.
 Polar Express, The (2004) Hero Girl
5.
6.
 Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) Zee
7.
 Ali (2001) Belinda
8.
 Harlem Nights (1989) Patron
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Milestones close milestones

1992:
Released her debut album with "Love for the Future"
2001:
Cast as Belinda Boyd, the second wife of boxer Muhammad Ali in the biopic "Ali" directed by Michael Mann
2003:
Replaced the late Aaliyah in the Matrix sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions"
2004:
Voiced Hero Girl in "The Polar Express" an animated feature directed by Robert Zemeckis
2005:
Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations
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Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Prince. Singer. Dated for three years in c.1993.
companion:
Justin Martinez. Father of Gaye's son Nolan; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Marvin Gaye Sr.
father:
Marvin Gaye. Singer. Shot to death by his father in 1984.
mother:
Jan Gaye. Divorced from Marvin Gaye in 1981.
son:
Nolan. Born c. 1997.
brother:
Bub. Artist. Born c. 1976.
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