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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 10, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actress, singer, dancer

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A gifted singer-dancer-actress, Jasmine Guy achieved stardom as spoiled Southern belle Whitley Gilbert on "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993), a spin-off of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). When star Lisa Bonet left the series, Guy became its leading lady and won six Outstanding Lead Actress Image Awards for her work as the increasingly complex Whitley. Branching out into directing and writing while on the show, she also released her debut album, 1990's Jasmine Guy, which launched three minor R&B hits, including "Another Like My Lover." Although she had several film roles, including "School Daze" (1988), "Harlem Nights" (1989) and "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming" (2010), Guy worked primarily on the stage and television, earning a series regular role on "Dead Like Me" (Showtime, 2003-04) and recurring on "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ). A multitalented entertainer who transcended her sitcom stardom which might have otherwise typecast her, Jasmine Guy continued to create fascinating work and to inspire fans across a variety of art forms decades after her initial success.

A gifted singer-dancer-actress, Jasmine Guy achieved stardom as spoiled Southern belle Whitley Gilbert on "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993), a spin-off of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). When star Lisa Bonet left the series, Guy became its leading lady and won six Outstanding Lead Actress Image Awards for her work as the increasingly complex Whitley. Branching out into directing and writing while on the show, she also released her debut album, 1990's Jasmine Guy, which launched three minor R&B hits, including "Another Like My Lover." Although she had several film roles, including "School Daze" (1988), "Harlem Nights" (1989) and "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming" (2010), Guy worked primarily on the stage and television, earning a series regular role on "Dead Like Me" (Showtime, 2003-04) and recurring on "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ). A multitalented entertainer who transcended her sitcom stardom which might have otherwise typecast her, Jasmine Guy continued to create fascinating work and to inspire fans across a variety of art forms decades after her initial success.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Tru Loved (2008)
3.
4.
 Carrie (2002) Ruby Moore
5.
 Diamond Men (2000) Tina
6.
 Guinevere (1999) Linda
7.
 Perfect Crime (1997) Darnell Russell
8.
 Cats Don't Dance (1997) Speaking Voice Of Sawyer
9.
 America's Dream (1996) Elna Duvaul ("The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
10.
 Kla$h (1995) Blossom
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Milestones close milestones

1982:
Appeared as dancer in the first 10 episodes of TV series, "Fame" (NBC)
1984:
Made Broadway debut in revival of "The Wiz"
1985:
Had featured role in the short-lived Broadway musical, "Leader of the Pack"
1987:
Played Southern belle Whitley Gilbert in the NBC series, "A Different World"
1988:
Made film debut in Spike Lee's "School Daze"
1989:
First leading role in a feature, "Harlem Nights"
1990:
Starred in the TV-movie, "A Killer Among Us"
1990:
First album released, <i>Jasmine Guy</i>
1995:
Guest-starred in several episodes of "Melrose Place" (FOX)
1997:
Appeared onstage in touring production of "Grease"
1997:
Played role of Velma in the national tour of "Chicago"; reprised role for the Las Vegas production in 1999
1999:
Had recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Ladies' Man" as Alfred Molina's boss
2000:
Reprised role of Velma Kelly for the Broadway revival of "Chicago"
2003:
Starred in the Showtime series "Dead Like Me" as Roxy Harvey
2009:
Cast in David Feldshuh's play "Miss Evers' Boys" at Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center
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Education

Northside Performing Arts High School: Atlanta , Georgia -
Alvin Ailey American Dance Center: New York , New York - 1981

Notes

"I used to be [a vegetarian], but then I smelled bacon cooking and that was that. It was over right then. Not that I ever was a true vegetarian anyway--I could never give up chicken." --Jasmine Guy

"I've been lucky to have a role model like Debbie Allen. For a black woman to have done all that she's done, it gives me hope. A lot of time that's all you need. Dancers are trained to be good soldiers, and if you speak up you're fired. So it's very hard for me to say I want something better, but Debbie is always encouraging me. I'm learning." --Jasmine Guy

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companion:
Dominic Hoffman. Actor. Lived together for several years before separating in the early 1990s.
husband:
Terrence Duckette. Investment broker. Married on August 22, 1998 in L.A.

Family close complete family listing

father:
William Guy. Preacher, college professor.
mother:
Jaye Resendes Rudolph. Teacher. Divorced.
sister:
Monica Guy. Actor. Younger.
daughter:
Imani Guy Duckette. Born on March 28, 1999 in L.A.
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