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Also Known As: Tyra Lynne Banks Died:
Born: December 4, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Inglewood, California, USA Profession: model, actress, spokeswoman, CEO/Businesswoman

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One of the world's top supermodels in the 1990s and into the millennium, Tyra Banks broke through the limited career options available to the distractingly beautiful and made a name for herself as a compassionate, media-savvy television producer and host. Having conquered international fashion magazines and runways, Banks racked up a number of significant achievements in the U.S. as the first African-American model to grace the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalog. Banks made a handful of acting efforts, including a stint on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC, 1990-96) before finding her niche as the creator of "America's Next Top Model" (UPN/The CW, 2003- ) and "The Tyra Banks Show" (syndicated, 2005- ). The supermodel talent search peppered with cat fights became a top-rated guilty pleasure, while Banks' syndicated daytime talk show rose above the competition, thanks to the hostess' emotional and personal approach to sensitive female topics such as body image and gender roles. Banks' ongoing philanthropic and onscreen efforts to empower and encourage young women led to her recognition as a powerful one-woman media empire styled after her idol,...

One of the world's top supermodels in the 1990s and into the millennium, Tyra Banks broke through the limited career options available to the distractingly beautiful and made a name for herself as a compassionate, media-savvy television producer and host. Having conquered international fashion magazines and runways, Banks racked up a number of significant achievements in the U.S. as the first African-American model to grace the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalog. Banks made a handful of acting efforts, including a stint on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC, 1990-96) before finding her niche as the creator of "America's Next Top Model" (UPN/The CW, 2003- ) and "The Tyra Banks Show" (syndicated, 2005- ). The supermodel talent search peppered with cat fights became a top-rated guilty pleasure, while Banks' syndicated daytime talk show rose above the competition, thanks to the hostess' emotional and personal approach to sensitive female topics such as body image and gender roles. Banks' ongoing philanthropic and onscreen efforts to empower and encourage young women led to her recognition as a powerful one-woman media empire styled after her idol, Oprah Winfrey.

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DIRECTOR:

1.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tropic Thunder (2008)
2.
 Mr. Woodcock (2007)
3.
 Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002) Voice Of Victoria'S Secret Gown
4.
 Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Nora Winston
5.
 Love & Basketball (2000) Kyra Kessler
6.
 Coyote Ugly (2000) Zoe
7.
 Life-Size (2000) Eve
8.
 Apartment Complex, The (1999) Wanda
9.
 Love Stinks (1999) Holly Garnett
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Began modeling at age 17
1991:
Appeared in her first music video, "Black or White" by Michael Jackson
1992:
Had a small part in the British production "Inferno"
1994:
Played a recurring role on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC)
1994:
Featured model on the <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Calendar
1994:
Established the Tyra Banks College Scholarship Fund
1995:
Feature film debut, John Singleton's "Higher Learning"
1996:
Began corresponding for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Syndicated)
1998:
Co-wrote book <i>Tyra's Beauty Inside and Out</i>
1999:
Established her company Tyinc and T-Zone
2000:
Promoted a line of greeting cards for neglected and abused children
2000:
Featured in "Love and Basketball"
2000:
Played a sexy New York City bartender in "Coyote Ugly"
2002:
Co-starred in the summer horror feature "Halloween: Resurrection"
2003:
Produced and hosted hit reality competition series "America's Next Top Model" (UPN, The CW)
2005:
Hosted and executive produced the syndicated show "The Tyra Banks Show"
2009:
Guest starred on teen drama series "Gossip Girl" (The CW)
2010:
Published her first novel <i>Modelland</i>
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Education

Immaculate Heart High School: Los Angeles , California - 1991
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 2010

Notes

She works diligently with Costa Rica rainforest projects

She speaks at local high schools encouraging students to become volunteers

"I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own bolders."- Tyra Banks; model.com

"A smart model is a good model" -Tyra Banks; rollingstone.com

Banks started a camp (TZONE) in California aimed at building the self-esteem of young girls

On using nicknames at her camp..."It tears down that whole modeling myth and person and just makes me a real girl to them. If I'm sniffling and crying with them, getting dirty, they forget after a while."-- Banks People September 9, 2002

"I want an empire like Oprah's. I may do it with a little more cleavage, but I plan to get there."---Banks quoted in US March 29, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
John Singleton. Director. No longer together.
companion:
Seal. Singer. No longer together.
companion:
Craig Taylor. Law student. Were high school sweethearts; no longer together.
companion:
Chris Webber. Professional basketball player. Currently dating as of summer 2002; split september 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald Banks. Computer consultant. Divorced from Banks' mother.
mother:
Carolyn London-Johnson. Manager. Former operator of a photo lab; now manages daughter's career; divorced from Banks' father.
step-father:
Clifford Johnson. High school teacher.
brother:
Devin Banks. Air Force paramedic. Born c. 1968.
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