Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold
Tichina arnold 2008.jpg
Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2008.
Born Tichina Rolanda Arnold
(1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 43)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Occupation Actress, Model, Comedian, Singer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Lamon Brewster (m. 1991–95)
Rico Hines (m. 2012)
Partner(s) Carvin Haggins
(1 child; Alijah Kai)
Website
tichinaarnold.com
www.myspace.com/tichinaarnold

Tichina Rolanda Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, model and singer. She is known for having portrayed the roles of Pamela James on the FOX comedy sitcom Martin (1992–97) and the family matriarch Rochelle on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. She also portrayed Judi Mann in the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced.

Early life[edit]

Arnold was born in Queens, New York, to a middle-class African-American family. Her mother was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer.[1] She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1986, Tichina Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. Arnold was only 17 at the time, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One. In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House. In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his character's wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand.[3] In a departure from her normally comedic casting, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story, which was about the first woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. She also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks, episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch" which aired in 2007. Her most recent stage credits, include: The Wiz Revival at the NY City Center as the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West. In 2010 she guest starred in the one-hour episode premiere of the Disney XD Original Series Pair of Kings as Aunt Nancy, and also reprise her role for one more episode.

Although not as widely known for her work in music, Arnold has experienced success as a recording artist; she co-wrote and performed the duet, "Movin Up," which reached #2 on the Billboard Club Play chart with fellow high school alum and house music artist Inaya Day. Arnold is credited using the moniker China Ro, a pseudonym that was derived from the using only the latter part of her first name and the first two letters of her middle name. Tichina Arnold played the best friend of Fran Drescher in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced, which is based on Fran Drescher's real-life marriage and divorce to series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags".[5] The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities such as her best friend Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs.[6] When her daughter was born, she stopped production.[7]

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai (born March 16, 2004),[8][9] with music producer Carvin Haggins. On August 18, 2012, Arnold married St. Johns Men's Basketball assistant Coach and former Golden State Warrior's Assistant Coach, DaRico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Brass Ring Mary
1984 House of Dies Drear Pesty
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie Evelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got into College Vera Cook
1991 Scenes From a Mall Ticket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1999 A Luv Tale
2000 Dancing in September Robber
2000 Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
2002 Yo Alien Ray Goods
2005 Preaching to the Choir Desiree
2005 Getting Played Woman in Restaurant
2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
2008 Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mamma
2010 Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing Wonderland Red Queen/Miss Pippy video short
2010 Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie Allen Red Queen/Miss Pippy video short
2012 Stolen Child Claudia Television Movie
2012 The Great Divide Tosha
2013 Summoned Mylene Television Movie
2014 More to Love Margo
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Charlotte Television Movie


Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987–1989 Ryan's Hope Zena Brown
1989 The Cosby Show Delores 1 episode Episode: "Theo's Women"
1989–1991 All My Children Sharla Valentine
1990 Law & Order Leona Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1992–1997 Martin Pamela 'Pam' James Series Regular, 124 episodes
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Carla 1 episode Episode: "Soulmate to Cellmate"
1999 Pacific Blue 1 episode
1999 The Norm Show Mrs. Murphy 1 episode
2001–2005 One on One Nicole Barnes Recurring Role, 15 episodes
2002 Soul Food Adina 1 episode
2004 Listen Up Kiara 1 episode
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Rochelle Series Regular, 88 episodes
2007 The Boondocks Nicole (voice) 1 episode Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung Fu Wolf Bitch"
2009 Sherri Russell's Mamma 1 episode
2009 Brothers Cynthia 3 episodes
2010–2011 Pair of Kings Aunt Nancy 2 episodes
2011 Raising Hope Sylvia 3 episodes
2011 Are We There Yet? Vicky Howard 1 episode Episode: "The Fight Party"
2011–2013 Let's Stay Together Dr. Knotts 2 episodes
2011–2013 Happily Divorced Judi Mann Series Regular, 34 episodes
2014 Hit the Floor Derek's Mother 2 episodes
2014 Survivor's Remorse Cassie 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series Ryan's Hope Nominated
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime Nominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Martin Won
2006 BET Awards Best Actress Herself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris Won
TV - Choice Actress: Comedy Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2007 Nominated
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2010 Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valorie Burton Listen to Your Life Spotlight: Tichina Arnold. Blackamericaweb. December 20, 2004
  2. ^ Tichina Arnold Biography - Yahoo! Movies. Movies.yahoo.com (1971-06-28). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  3. ^ Nathan Southern "Allmovie"
  4. ^ Star, Tyrell "Tichina Arnold’s New TV Show Pilot Happily Divorced", Tyrell Star, February 1, 2011.
  5. ^ China Moon Rags pag
  6. ^ September 2005 Interview. Thecrusade.net. Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  7. ^ Essence Magazine 2008 Interview. Realgossip101.blogspot.com (2008-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  8. ^ Tichina Arnold On Wendy Williams Show, Friday 26 November 2010[dead link]
  9. ^ Jet Magainze Birth Announcement. Findarticles.com (2004-04-12). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  10. ^ http://ballerwives.com/2011/08/05/actress-tichina-arnold-talks-upcoming-wedding-shows-off-her-engagment-ring/comment-page-1/#comment-66664,

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