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|Born||Countess Danielle Vaughn
August 8, 1978
Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Other names||Countess Vaughn James|
|Spouse(s)||Joseph James (2002–2005 – Filed for divorce) (2 children)|
Countess Danielle Vaughn (born August 8, 1978) is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Alexandria DeWitt on 227 and as Kim Parker on the UPN sitcom Moesha and spin-off The Parkers.
Early life and career
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, she shared that she also has a daughter.
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.
Celebrity Fit Club
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
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.
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Office Admin. Assistant|
|1992||Fievel's American Tails||Monique (Voice)||1 episode|
|1992–1993||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Keisha||3 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|
|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||Chauntelle||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|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'c'|
|2000||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||The Parkers|