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Born: December 12, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor

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Pretty and versatile African-American actress Regina Hall made her breakthrough as Candy, a stripper in "The Best Man" (1999) and gave an unforgettable comedic performance in the "Scary Movie" series, but proved more than just a stripper or scream queen with a varied and challenging list of credits. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Hall began her career with a recurring role on the NYC-shot ABC soap "Loving." In 1997 she had an early primetime credit on Fox's "New York Undercover," also filmed in New York.Hall made her feature debut with small roles in the 1998 independents "Too Tired to Die" and "Tears of a Clown" before landing her role in "The Best Man" and launching her career. She lent grace and understanding to her portrayal as Lena, the prissy sister of basketball star Monica (Lathan) in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Love and Basketball" in 2000, the same year she took her comedic abilities to over-the-top heights as a very vocal victim of a serial slasher in the spoof "Scary Movie." Hall's take on a woman getting far too involved in a screening of "Shakespeare in Love" was arguably the film's high point, and the scene certainly resonated with audiences, making her something of a cult hero. The...

Pretty and versatile African-American actress Regina Hall made her breakthrough as Candy, a stripper in "The Best Man" (1999) and gave an unforgettable comedic performance in the "Scary Movie" series, but proved more than just a stripper or scream queen with a varied and challenging list of credits. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Hall began her career with a recurring role on the NYC-shot ABC soap "Loving." In 1997 she had an early primetime credit on Fox's "New York Undercover," also filmed in New York.

Hall made her feature debut with small roles in the 1998 independents "Too Tired to Die" and "Tears of a Clown" before landing her role in "The Best Man" and launching her career. She lent grace and understanding to her portrayal as Lena, the prissy sister of basketball star Monica (Lathan) in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Love and Basketball" in 2000, the same year she took her comedic abilities to over-the-top heights as a very vocal victim of a serial slasher in the spoof "Scary Movie." Hall's take on a woman getting far too involved in a screening of "Shakespeare in Love" was arguably the film's high point, and the scene certainly resonated with audiences, making her something of a cult hero. The actress reprised the role to less notable effect in the 2001 follow-up "Scary Movie 2" and the 2003 sequel "Scary Movie 3."

Back on the small screen, Hall rejoined Prince-Bythewood and Lathan for the HBO adaptation of Terry McMillan's bestseller "Disappearing Acts" (2000). In the spring of 2001, she began a recurring run on "Ally McBeal," playing a Corretta Lipp, a law associate of Robert Downey Jr.'s Larry Paul. That fall, Hall was made a regular, in the midst of a major cast overhaul promised the actress significant storylines and onscreen exposure--however, Downey's departure left Hall's character with little room to grow, and she was dropped and the series was shuttered not long afterwards. Instead, Hall's career moved significantly back into the feature film realm, with supporting roles in the comedy "The Other Brother" and the crime drama "Paid In Full" (both 2002). Hall then graduated to leading lady status with a spunky turn opposite Jaime Kennedy's B-Rad, the wealthy white boy who fancies himself a ghetto fabulous rapper, in "Malibu's Most Wanted" (2003).

In "King's Ransom" (2005), she played the dumb and ditzy mistress of a millionaire (Anthony Anderson) whose plot to kidnap himself to avoid a messy divorce g s awry when his many enemies-including his soon-to-be ex-wife (Kellita Smith)-get the same idea. She then appeared as Trixie Norton in the in the rehash of the famed 1950's sitcom, "The Honeymooners" (2005). Though promising a fresh take on an oldie-but-goodie, the movie was blasted by critics who complained about a lack of chemistry between characters, a subservient bow to political correctness-particularly with Kramden's famous threat to send Alice to the moon-and a dearth of laughs despite overwhelming comedic talent. She next revived her sex-fiend character, Brenda Meeks, for the inevitable sequel, "Scary Movie 4" (2006). Brenda follows gal pal Cindy Campbell-who's seeking a career in home healthcare-to a creepy old lady in a creepy old house where they encounter downright bizarre happenings-horrific plane crashes, alien sphincters, even Oprah Winfrey. "Scary Movie 4" took the number one spot on an opening weekend with little competition, taking in a whopping $40 million only to drop almost 60% the following week.

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 Barbershop 3 (2016)
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 With This Ring (2015)
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 About Last Night (2014)
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 Think Like a Man (2012)
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Began career with a recurring role on the ABC daytime serial "Loving"
1997:
Landed guest role on "New York Undercover" (Fox)
1998:
Appeared in the independent comedy "Too Tired to Die" and the independent drama "Tears of a Clown"
1999:
Acted in "The Best Man"
2000:
Had featured role in "Love & Basketball"
2000:
Co-starred as Brenda, the feisty girlfriend of a football player with an ambiguous sexuality in "Scary Movie"
2000:
Featured in the HBO original movie "Disappearing Acts"
2001:
Reprised role of Brenda in "Scary Movie 2"
2001:
Joined cast of "Ally McBeal" (Fox) as the associate of Larry Paul (Robert Downey Jr.)
2002:
Had supporting role in the fact-based crime drama "Paid in Full"
2003:
Returned as the trash-talking Brenda Meeks in the Wayans' brothers feature "Scary Movie 3"
2005:
Cast opposite Cedric the Entertainer in the big screen remake of "The Honeymooners"
2006:
Reprised her role as the sex-crazed Brenda in "Scary Movie 4"
2008:
Cast in the comedy spoof "Superhero Movie"
2010:
Co-starred in the Chris Rock produced black comedy, "Death at a Funeral" a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name
2010:
Played Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Price on "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)
2012:
Cast in the ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man"
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Education

Fordham University: Bronx , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1997

Notes

Not to be confused with the Caucasian erotic actress of the same name.

Hall on playing a stripper in "The Best Man": "My girlfriend said, 'You can't dance. Just turn around and show your ass and slap it, and they won't notice.'"---quoted in Interview, February 2000.

Hall says she is inspired by actress Alfre Woodard: "She played my mother in 'Love and Basketball.' She's a very generous actor. Her biggest tip was, 'Take your time when you're getting ready for a scene, and don't let anyone rush you.' Working with her was sheer joy."---Hall featured in the article, "The New School" in Essence, April 2001.

"It's definitely different in the industry for a Black woman. I always beg my agents to start pitching me as a white man. And they say, 'Okay, we'll try.' When they were making all those karate movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon I was like, 'Make me an Asian man.'"---Hall Premiere, November 2003.

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companion:
Damien Wayans. Comedy writer. Dating since 2001.

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