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Vivica A. Fox Bio
Vivica A. Fox (born July 30, 1964 Vivica Anjanetta Fox) is an American actress, producer and television host. She began her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and Generations (1989-1991), and later moved to prime time, with starring role opposite Patti LaBelle in the NBC sitcom, Out All Night (1992-1993).
Fox’ breakthrough came in 1996, with roles in two box-office hit films, Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day and F. Gary Gray‘s Set It Off. She later has starred in films Booty Call (1997), Soul Food (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Kingdom Come (2001), Two Can Play That Game (2001), and Boat Trip (2002). Fox played Vernita Green in Kill Bill, and played supporting parts in films like Ella Enchanted (2004).
Fox had the leading roles in the short-lived Fox sitcom Getting Personal (1998), and CBS medical drama City of Angels (2000). From 2003 to 2006, she co-starred and produced Lifetime crime drama series, Missing, for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Fox also produced number of straight-to-video films. Fox is set to reprise her role as Jasmine Dubrow in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Fox moved to California to attend Golden West College. While in California she started acting professionally, first on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1988 playing Carmen Silva. After making her debut as a hooker in Oliver Stone‘s war drama film Born on the Fourth of July (1989), she was cast as Emily Franklin in the pilot episode of ABC comedy series, Living Dolls, a spin-off of the sitcom Who’s the Boss? but was replaced with Halle Berry for the remaining episodes. Later that year, Fox was cast as Maya Reubens, the leading character, in the NBC daytime soap opera Generations. The series was groundbreaking in that it was the first soap opera to feature from its inception an African-American family.
In early 1990s, Fox began appearing in prime time television, playing guest starring roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, 90210, Family Matters, Matlock and Martin. In 1992, she was cast as Patti LaBelle‘s fashion designer daughter, Charisse Chamberlain, on the NBC sitcom Out All Night. The series was cancelled after one season in 1993. She returned to soap operas with role of Dr. Stephanie Simmons on CBS’ The Young and the Restless during 1994-1995. In 1995, she had a cameo role in the comedy film Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
In 1996, Fox played Will Smith‘s girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow, in the epic science fiction disaster blockbuster Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich. The film grossed over $800 million worldwide. Fox received MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Smith, and was nominated an Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, she played Francesca ‘Frankie’ Sutton in the crime action film Set It Off opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Set It Off became a critical and box office success, grossing over $41 million against a budget of $9 million. In 1997, Fox starred in three movies: Booty Call, a Columbia Pictures‘ comedy opposite Jamie Foxx; the superhero film Batman & Robin; and 20th Century Fox‘s critically acclaimed comedy-drama Soul Food. The latter was a major box office success. For her role, Fox received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture nomination, and MTV Movie Award for Best Performance.
In 1998, Fox starred alongside Halle Berry, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate in the romantic drama film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, playing one of the three wives of singer Frankie Lymon. The following year, she appeared in stoner comedy horror Idle Hands, and Teaching Mrs. Tingle with Helen Mirren. More leading roles, Fox had on television. She starred opposite Arsenio Hall in the short-lived ABC sitcom Arsenio in 1997, and was lead actress in the short-lived Fox sitcom Getting Personal in 1998. She played Queen of Sheba in the British television film Solomon in 1997. In 2000, she starred alongside Blair Underwood in the short-lived CBS medical drama, City of Angels.
In 2001, Fox had starring roles in three films. First was Kingdom Come, a comedy-drama starring LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith and Whoopi Goldberg. She played the lead in the romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game, and had supporting role in the independent comedy-drama Little Secrets. In 2002, she starred alongside Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. in Juwanna Mann, and with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Boat Trip. In 2003, Quentin Tarantino cast her as Vernita Green in his two-part martial arts film Kill Bill.
From 2004 to 2006, Fox starred as FBI special agent Nicole Scott and co-produced the Lifetime television crime drama series, Missing. She received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in 2006. Also in 2000s, she produced (and played the leading roles) several films, include Motives, The Salon, Getting Played and Three Can Play That Game. From 2007 to 2009, she had the recurring role in the HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm as a mother of a family displaced by a hurricane and taken in by Larry and Cheryl.
Fox was a judge on The WB‘s talent show The Starlet. Fox participated in the third season of ABC’s hit television show, Dancing with the Stars, she was voted off after the fourth week. In 2009, Fox served as celebrity spokesperson for the newly revamped Psychic Friends Network. After receiving backlash for her involvement with the network, Fox denied any involvement with the company, despite having filmed a commercial and promo video which had already gone to air. Fox also hosted her own VH1 reality series Glam God with Vivica A. Fox (2008), TV Land‘s The Cougar (2009), and Lifetime’s Prank My Mom (2012). She was contestant on The Apprentice in 2015.
In late 2000s and 2010s, Fox had supporting roles in poorly received by critics movies such as The Hard Corps (2006) alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kickin’ It Old Skool (2007) starring Jamie Kennedy, and Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008) with Jessica Simpson. She worked in many smaller movies such as Shark City, Black November, 30 Days in Atlanta and Mercenaries the following years. On television, Fox had guest star roles on Law & Order, Drop Dead Diva, Melissa & Joey and Raising Hope. As regular, she starred in the syndicated sitcom Mr. Box Office alongside Bill Bellamy and Jon Lovitz.
In 2015, Roland Emmerich cast Fox in the sequel to Independence Day, Independence Day: Resurgence. The film is scheduled for a June 24, 2016 release. Also in 2015, she was cast as Cookie Lyon‘s sister for the second season of the Fox prime time soap opera, Empire.