Nia Peeples

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Nia Peeples
Born Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples
(1961-12-10) December 10, 1961 (age 52)
Hollywood, California, United States
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Guy Ecker (m. 1984; div. 1986)
Howard Hewett (m. 1989; div. 1993)
Lauro Chartrand (m. 1997; div. 2004)
Sam George (m. 2004)
Children 2
Website
Official website

Virenia Gwendolyn "Nia" Peeples (born December 10, 1961) is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Nicole Chapman on Fame. She is also known for her role as Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless and as Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger.

Early life[edit]

Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Elizabeth Joan (née Rubic), a flamenco dancer, and Robert Eugene Peeples.[1][2] She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines, and were of Filipino, Spanish, French, and German descent.[3] Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scottish, Irish, English, Native American, and Italian ancestry.[2][4][5]

She attended UCLA during which time she performed as Liberace's opening act in Las Vegas on weekends.

Career[edit]

Peeples started her career as part of the performance group The Young Americans.

Music[edit]

In 1988 she hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Trouble," which climbed to #35 on the Hot 100. Her most successful pop single is "Street Of Dreams," which hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.

She made a music video in 1986 of "All You Can Dream", directed by Alan Bloom and conceptualised by Keith Williams, for the purposes of promoting the values of UCLA. She appeared in Prince's video for Raspberry Beret.

On February 4, 2009, Peeples presented Debbie Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 10th anniversary show.[6]

Acting[edit]

Notably, Peeples portrayed performing arts student Nicole Chapman on the hit TV series Fame. In 1987 she was in the movie North Shore as Kiani. She hosted the short-lived American version of Top of the Pops as well as a weeknight dance music program called The Party Machine with Nia Peeples, and portrayed Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke in the CBS hit series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1999-2001.

In 2004 Peeples appeared in the season 4 episode of Andromeda The Spider's Stratagem as arms smuggler and love-interest Rox Nava.

Nia Peeples joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 2007, playing the role of Karen Taylor, and was released from the role in the spring of 2009. Her last air date was in May 2009.

Peeples has been cast in the 2010 ABC Family TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Peeples lives in a Malibu, California beach home with her surfer husband Sam George, son Christopher (b.1990 with ex-husband Howard Hewitt), and daughter Sienna (b.1998 with ex-husband Lauro Chartrand). They were featured on the July 7, 2013 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap, in which Peeples traded places with singer Tiffany.[8]

She also currently runs a website organization called Elements of Life, which promotes fitness, inspiration, healthy lifestyle changes and emotional well-being.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Nothin' But Trouble (1988) #97 US[10]
  • Nia Peeples (1991)
  • Songs of the Cinema (2007)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[11]
US
R&B

[11]
US
Dan

[11]
CAN
[12]
1988 "Trouble" 35 71 1 Nothin' But Trouble
"High Time" 10
1989 "I Know How (To Make You Love Me)" 28
1991 "Street of Dreams" 12 73 23 Nia Peeples
1992 "Kissing the Wind" 76 76
"Faces of Love" 88 59
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1981 A Single Light Deaf Girl TV movie
1984 Fame Nicole
1987 North Shore Kiani
1989 DeepStar Six Scarpelli
Swimsuit Maria TV movie
Nasty Boys Serena Cruz TV movie
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Cathy Redding TV movie
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Theresa Garabaldi
1994 My Name Is Kate Annie TV movie
XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl) Sasha Townes TV movie
1995 Improper Conduct Bernie
Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 Allie Thompson TV movie
Mr. Stitch Dr. Elizabeth English TV movie
1996 Terminal Janet Reardon TV movie
Bloodhounds II Nikki Cruise TV movie
1997 Odd Jobs Assassin TV movie
Tower of Terror Jill Perry TV movie
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Lt. Elizondo
Poodle Springs Angel
Heroes: The Mystique, the Movies, the Men Special Guest Host
2000 Alone with a Stranger Beth Jenkins
2001 Bruised Michelle
The Riff Heather Anderson
2002 The Chang Family Saves the World Pearl Empress TV movie
Half Past Dead 49er Six
2004 The Coven unknown TV movie
2005 Inside Out Maria
Sub Zero Kelli Paris
2006 Alpha Mom Susan TV movie
Special Unit Tara
Connors' War Amanda
2009 Citizen Jane Evelyn TV movie
The Outside Joanne Blakey
2010 Firedog Haley (voice) post-production
2011 Battle of Los Angeles (film) Capt. Karla Smaith TV Movie
2012 Werewolf: The Beast Among Us Vodama Direct-to-DVD
2012 23 Minutes to sunrise Direct-to-DVD
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Music Shoppe Darcie
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Zita Henriques 1 episode
Hardcastle and McCormick Waitress 1 episode
Days of Our Lives Mallory unknown episodes
General Hospital Carla Escobar unknown episodes, 1983–1994
Fame Nicole Chapman 27 episodes, 1983–1986
1984 T.J. Hooker Maria Dominguez 1 episode
1987 Top of the Pops Host unknown episodes
1989 Matlock Morgan Gerard 1 episode
Nasty Boys Serena Cruz 13 episodes, 1989–1990
1991 The Party Machine with Nia Peeples Host unknown episodes
1992 The New WKRP in Cincinnati Sierra Smith 2 episodes
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Agostina Vega mini-series
1994 Highlander: The Series Nefertiri 1 episode
Touched by an Angel Angela Evans 1 episode
1995 Crazy Love unknown unknown episodes
Marker Lisa 1 episode
Courthouse Veronica Gilbert 11 episodes
1997 Early Edition Sister Mary 1 episode
Crisis Center Lily Gannon 5 episodes
1998 Real Life Maya 1 episode
1999–2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Sydney Cooke 46 episodes
2004 Andromeda Rox Nava 1 episode
The Division Sandra Prestiss 2 episodes
2005 Barbershop Det. Hahanna 3 episodes
2007 Arwin! Ms. Hawkhauser 1 episode
The Young and the Restless Karen Taylor 130 episodes, 2007–2009
2010–present Pretty Little Liars Pam Fields Recurring role
2014 Longmire Adele Chapman 1 episode

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nia Peeples Biography (1961-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Nia Peeples 2003 Philippine Daily Inquirer Interview - Fame Episode Guide". Sites.google.com. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Article Index - INQUIRER.net". Inq7.net. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Sincerely, NIA…"Beauty is in it. Your best you is in it"". Bella Petite. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  6. ^ "The Carnival: Getting The "Groove On" For 10 Years". Hollywire.com. February 2, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "ABC Family Announces Pick-Up Of Dramas Huge And Pretty Little Liars" (Press release). ABC Family. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nia Peeples, Tiffany". Celebrity Wife Swap. Season 2. Episode 6. July 7, 2013. ABC.
  9. ^ "Nia's Elements of Life |". Niaselementsoflife.com. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  10. ^ "Nia Peeples | Awards". AllMusic. 1961-12-10. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  11. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > Nia Peeples". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  12. ^ "RPM 100 Singles > Nia Peeples". RPM Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 

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