December 12, 1970 |
Washington, D.C., United States
Regina Hall (born December 12, 1970) is an American film and television actress known for her lead role of Brenda Meeks in four of the five Scary Movie films, Candy in The Best Man and its sequel The Best Man Holiday and as Corretta Lipp in the FOX comedy-drama Ally McBeal.
Hall was born in Washington, D.C., on December 12, 1970, the daughter of a contractor father, Odie Hall, and a teacher mother, Ruby. She graduated from New York University in 1997 with a Master's degree in Journalism, and shortly thereafter began a career in the entertainment industry, starting off with a guest appearance on Sadat X's 1996 album Wild Cowboys on the track, "The Interview".
Around 2004, Hall’s mother was diagnosed with scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. Therefore, when not working in Hollywood, Hall can be found volunteering for the care of senior citizens at a Sherman Oaks, CA convalescent home twice a week as well as raising public awareness for the disease. “When my mom was diagnosed, I didn’t know much about the condition. But Dana Delany, who is an actress and now a friend of mine, put me in touch with Bob Saget. Bob had made a television movie about scleroderma years ago because his sister had died from it. That was back when they didn’t even know what it was. Anyway, Bob had a group called the Scleroderma Research Foundation, so I donated to that and my mother even went to the doctor Bob had suggested, who happened to be over at Johns Hopkins.”
In 1997, Hall appeared in her first television commercial at the age of 26. Her television career initially began with a role on the soap opera Loving, and guest appearances on the FOX police drama New York Undercover. Her first film role came in 1999 with a small part in the film The Best Man. She left a lasting impression on viewers with her portrayal of the character Candace "Candy" Sparks. It signaled a pivotal point for Hall’s career. As a key member of the all-star cast, she welcomed rising-star status in "black-Hollywood".
Hall gained more recognition with her role in the comedy-horror-spoof Scary Movie (and the sequels Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 3, and Scary Movie 4) portraying the obnoxious, sex-crazed Brenda Meeks, and the TV movie Disappearing Acts. In 2001, Hall landed the role of Coretta Lipp on the prime-time drama Ally McBeal, which was originally a recurring role over several episodes but was made a main character in the 5th season of the show. A year later, she starred in the action-drama Paid in Full, a film directed by Charles Stone III. Since then, she has appeared in leading roles in films such as Malibu's Most Wanted, King's Ransom and The Honeymooners. She will have a role in the 2010 Danneel Harris and Arielle Kebbel film Mardi Gras. From its fall 2010 debut until a series overhaul in January 2011, Regina Hall portrayed Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Price on Law & Order: LA. In addition to being an actress and advocate, Regina Hall announced in November 2010 that she is now writing for ABILITY Magazine.
Awards and nominations
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, for Ally McBeal (nominated)
|1999||The Best Man||Candace Sparks, aka "Candy"|
|2000||Love & Basketball||Lena Wright|
|2000||Scary Movie||Brenda Meeks|
|2000||Disappearing Acts||Portia||Television movie|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Brenda Meeks|
|2002||The Other Brother||Vicki|
|2002||Paid in Full||Keisha|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Shondra|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||Brenda Meeks|
|2005||King's Ransom||Peaches Clarke|
|2005||The Honeymooners||Trixie Norton|
|2005||Six Months Later||Keri|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Brenda Meeks|
|2006||The Elder Son||Susan|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Mrs. Xavier|
|2009||Law Abiding Citizen||Kelly Rice|
|2010||Mardi Gras||Ann Marie|
|2010||Death at a Funeral||Michelle|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Candace Hall|
|2013||The Best Man Holiday||Candace Sparks-Murch, aka "Candy"|
|2014||About Last Night||Joan Derrickson|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Candace Hall|
|1992||Loving||Unknown||Episode: "13 August 1992"|
|1997||New York Undercover||Tammy||Episode: "No Place Like Hell"|
|2000||NYPD Blue||Sharice Warner||Episode: "Little Abner"|
|2001-2002||Ally McBeal||Corretta Lipp||25 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
|2010-2011||Law & Order: Los Angeles||Deputy D.A. Evelyn Price||7 episodes|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||Regina||4 episodes|
- Sarah Sloboda (2009). "Regina Hall:Biography". MSN. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- Regina Hall Biography (1971-)
- Sarah Sloboda, Allmovie (2008-01-10). "Regina Hall". New York Times.
- Regina Hall Interview "Regina Hall Issue", ABILITY Magazine, April/May 2010
- Scary Movie 4: An Interview with Regina Hall
- Regina Hall on the Mo'Nique Show ABILITY Magazine, November 2010
- Regina Hall at the Internet Movie Database
- Regina Hall — Interview "Regina Hall Issue", ABILITY Magazine, April/May 2010