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August 1, 1973 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||New York University|
|Partner(s)||Darryl M. Bell (1993–)|
Tempestt Bledsoe (born August 1, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable, the fourth child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984-92). In December 2010, it was announced that Bledsoe would be the host of Clean House on the Style Network, replacing long-time host Niecy Nash. From September 2012 to Februray 2013, she was one of the stars of the new NBC TV sitcom Guys with Kids, portraying Marny.
In 1984, Bledsoe was cast for the role of Vanessa Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show. Bledsoe had a recurring role on the show until its final season in 1992. She also made a one-time appearance as Vanessa on A Different World. In the mid-1990s, Bledsoe enjoyed a year-long run as the host of her own daytime talk show, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show, produced by Columbia-Tristar and Dick Clark. She made a brief appearance in the sitcom The Parkers and has been featured in the recurring role of a single mother on the ABC show The Practice. She also appeared in the Lifetime show Strong Medicine, and South of Nowhere. Her most recent credits include starring as Nina in the Oxygen Channel's original television movie, Husband for Hire, Steven Bochco's Raising the Bar, and Abby in the third season of Disney Channel's animated series The Replacements. She appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. It was announced on December 1, 2010 that Bledsoe would return to TV, replacing Niecy Nash as the host of Clean House on Style Network. Her first episode aired on January 26, 2011. In 2012, Bledsoe can be heard as the voice of Sheriff Hooper in the Laika animated film ParaNorman. Bledsoe appeared in an episode of Instant Mom, which aired on May 8, 2014.
In addition to her acting career, Bledsoe received a degree in finance from New York University and enjoys music. She has been in a long-term relationship for twenty years with actor Darryl M. Bell, who co-starred in the NBC TV comedy A Different World, a spinoff of The Cosby Show. The couple appeared together in the Fox Reality Channel series Househusbands of Hollywood, which debuted August 2009. Bledsoe is vegetarian.
- The Obenson Report, 12/21/2008 (accessed 2/16/2009)
- Tempestt Bledsoe: A Cosby Kid's Clean Break - Tempestt Bledsoe : People.com. Retrieved September 15, 2012.