Countess Vaughn

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Countess Vaughn
Born Countess Danielle Vaughn
(1978-08-08) August 8, 1978 (age 36)
Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Countess Vaughn-James
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1988—present
Spouse(s) Joseph James (m. 2002–05)
(2 children)
Awards 1998 — NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kimberly Parker - (Moesha)

Countess Danielle Vaughn (born August 8, 1978 in Idabel, Oklahoma) is an American actress and singer. Vaughn is best known for her roles as Alexandria DeWitt on the NBC sitcom 227 during its fourth season (1988-1989); as Kimberly Ann Parker on the UPN sitcom Moesha (1996-1999) and spin-off The Parkers (1999-2004). She won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Moesha in 1998.

Early life and Career[edit]

Vaughn was born in Idabel, Oklahoma. She began her performing career at the age of three in 1981 singing at church. At age nine in 1988, she sang "I'll Be There" to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion. She was married to Joseph James, with whom she has a son Jaylin. During an appearance on The Mo'Nique Show, as well as The Doctors, she shared that she also has a daughter. In 2014, Vaughn appeared on The Doctors and revealed she suffered from hair loss due to bad reactions from glue used on wigs she wore for many years. She also has discoloration on her skin in many places.

Acting career[edit]

Vaughn began her acting career in 1988 playing the role of Alexandria DeWitt on 227, followed by roles in Thea, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Roc. She also performed in several television specials including the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, The Magical World of Disney, the Orange Bowl Parade, the Easter Seals Telethon. Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama, I Want to Sing! Part 3. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and R&B. The album's lead single, a cover of James Brown's "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World", charted in the top-100 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; the album itself sold a mere 3,000 copies. She starred in (and also sang the theme song for) the UPN sitcom, The Parkers, from 1999 until the show ended in 2004. In 2011, Vaughn made her return to television on the BET sitcom Let's Stay Together. Vaughn portrayed the friend of the character Kita portrayed by Erica Hubbard.

Reality television[edit]

Celebrity Fit Club[edit]

Vaughn appeared in the third season of Celebrity Fit Club which premiered in January 2006 on VH1. On episode four,she announced that her and husband, James, were ending their marriage. During the course of the show, she became the first cast member to ever gain weight, with a weight gain of 2 pounds. It was said on the season finale that she was simply trying to lose weight at the wrong time.

Celebrity Rap Superstar[edit]

Vaughn appears as a contestant on MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar which premiered August 30, 2007. She studied under Warren G for the show. On September 27, 2007, an illness caused her to be eliminated from the competition.


Year Film Role Notes
1999 Trippin''


Anetta Jones
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Office Admin. Assistant
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 227 Alexandria 13 episodes
1992 Fievel's American Tails Monique (Voice) 1 episode
1992–1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Keisha 3 episodes
1994 Thea Charlene 1 episode
1993–1994 Roc Carlita 2 episodes
1996 Minor Adjustments Monique 1 episode
1996–1999 Moesha Kimberly Ann Parker 83 episodes
1997 Goode Behavior 1 episode
1999–2004 The Parkers Kimberly Ann Parker 111 episodes
2003 MADtv Herself 11 episodes
2006 Cuts Kelli 1 episode
Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Dee Dee Voice
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Avenue Dee Dee Voice
2009 Life After: The Parkers Herself 1 episode
2011 Let's Stay Together Chanteuse 1 episode
2014 The Doctors Herself 1 episode

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Series
1989 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress Featured, Co-starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or Special 227
1998 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Moesha
1999 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Moesha
2000 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Parkers

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