Kim Wayans

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Kim Wayans
Kim Wayans 2012.jpg
Born Kim N. Wayans
(1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 53)
New York City
Occupation Actress, Comedian, Producer, Writer, Director
Years active 1982–present

Kim N. Wayans (born October 16, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, producer, writer and director, and the sister of Keenen Ivory, Damon, Sr., Marlon, Shawn and Nadia Wayans.

Early life[edit]

Wayans was born in New York City, the daughter of Elvira, a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager.[1] Her family was involved in the Jehovah's Witnesses religion.[2][3] She and her family lived in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. She is sister of Keenen, Dwayne, Damon, Sr., Nadia, Shawn and Marlon. She graduated from Seward Park High School and Wesleyan University.

Career[edit]

In film she appeared in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (both directed by her brother Keenen), and had a starring role in the art film Talking About Sex and later co-starred in Juwanna Mann as homosexual center Latisha Jansen. She starred with her siblings on the Fox variety show In Living Color and A Low Down Dirty Shame. Her other television work includes regular appearances on the sitcom In the House with LL Cool J and a recurring role on A Different World. Recently, she has worked as a story editor on her brother Damon's sitcom My Wife and Kids.

In 2008 she co-wrote a series of children's books with her husband Kevin Knotts entitled Amy Hodgepodge about a multiracial girl adjusting to life in public school after years of homeschooling.

In 2011 she got a chance to showcase her dramatic chops with a supporting role as a mother who struggles to understand her 17-year-old daughter in Pariah. She was nominated (alongside co-star Pernell Walker) for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Black Reel Awards but lost to Octavia Spencer for the The Help.

In Living Color[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Benita Butrell
  • Cousin Elsee
  • Laquita (I Love Laquita)
  • Lil' Magic
  • Mrs. Brooks
  • Reesie (Cephus & Reesie)

Impressions[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1987 Hollywood Shuffle Customer in Chair
1987–1988 A Different World (TV series) Allison
1988 China Beach (TV series) Cameo Candette
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Nightclub Singer
1990 Dream On Nicki
1990–1993 In Living Color (TV series) Various
1991 Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime Various
1994 Talking About Sex Andie Norman
Floundering Unemployment
A Low Down Dirty Shame Diane
1995–1998 In the House (TV series) Tonia Harris
The Wayans Bros. (TV series) Cousin Shelia
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Mrs. Johnson
1996–1997 Waynehead (TV series) Mom (voice)
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Bettina
1998 Getting Personal (TV series) Rhonda
2002 Juwanna Mann Latisha Jansen
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness (TV) Momma/Joyce (voice)
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street (TV) Momma (voice)
2007 What News? (TV) Pearl "Lightning" Davis
2009 Dance Flick Ms. Dontwannabebothered
2011 Pariah Audrey
2012 Criminal Minds (TV) Darlene Beckett
2013 Reckless Vi

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