Yvette Nicole Brown
|Yvette Nicole Brown|
Brown in July 2013.
August 12, 1971 |
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. Since 2009, she has starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She also is known for her role of Cookie in the popular American/Canadian animated series Pound Puppies, and her recurring role on the teen sitcom, Drake and Josh. She has also had small guest roles in television shows such as That 70's Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Early life and education
Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994. She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.
Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records. Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."
Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later. She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the U.S. version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon TV show Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious entitled "Helen Back Again." She also provides the voice of "Cookie" on The Hub's Pound Puppies.
Since 2009, Brown has starred as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. Brown is very active with fans of the show on Twitter and in person at live events.
She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.
|2000||His Woman, His Wife|
|2003||180 Miles Away||Other Woman|
|2004||Little Black Book||Production Assistant|
|2005||The Kid & I||Bunny|
|Meet Dave||Old Navy Saleswoman|
|Tropic Thunder||Vivica (Peck's Assistant)|
|Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Helen Dubois|
|2009||(500) Days of Summer||New Secretary|
|Hotel for Dogs||Ms. Camwell|
|The Ugly Truth||Dori|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Gray Sister|
|2002||For the People||Server||1 episode|
|Cyberchase||Introduction Woman (voice)||1 episode|
|Do Over||Woman||1 episode|
|2003||Girlfriends||Sherri Childs||2 episodes|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Stewardess||1 episode|
|The Big House||Eartha Cleveland||6 episodes|
|Two and a Half Men||Mandy||1 episode|
|7th Heaven||Leah Morris||1 episode|
|2004–2007||Drake & Josh||Helen Dubois||15 episodes, 2004–2007|
|2005||Fat Actress||Woman in Restaurant||1 episode|
|That's So Raven||Monica||1 episode|
|That '70s Show||Sgt. Davis||1 episode|
|The War at Home||Airport Security Guard||1 episode|
|Hot Properties||Oprah-Head||1 episode|
|2006||Sleeper Cell||Woman||1 episode|
|Malcolm in the Middle||Female Security Agent #2||1 episode|
|House||Organ Procurement Coordinator||1 episode|
|2007||The Loop||Isabelle Miller||1 episode|
|Entourage||Woman answering a phone||1 episode|
|The Office||Paris the Staples Employee||1 episode|
|American Body Shop||Insurance Agent||1 episode|
|Boston Legal||Doris Thumper||2 episodes|
|2008||Kath & Kim||City Hall Employee||"Competition"|
|2009||Rules of Engagement||Mrs. Alberts||1 episode|
|True Jackson, VP||Coral Barns||1 episode|
|2009–present||Community||Shirley Bennett||Main role;
Gracie Allen Awards (2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series)
Gold Derby TV Award for Best TV Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – Gold Derby TV Award for Best TV Ensemble(2010)
|2010–2013||Pound Puppies||Cookie (voice)||Main role|
|2011||Family Guy||Sassy Black Nurse (voice)||1 episode|
|Victorious||Helen Dubois||1 episode|
|Chuck||Buy More Employee||1 episode|
|2012||The Soul Man||Robin||2 episodes|
|2012||Match Game||Panelist||Montreal-based, English-language version. 2 episodes to date.|
|2013||Talking Dead||Panelist||3 episodes to date.|
|2013||Mattie||Pauline Lewis||1 episodes to date.|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episodes: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er" & "Battle of the Champions"|
|2013||Shake it Up||Tiffany||1 episode|
|2013||Family Guy||Black woman with purse||1 episode|
|2013||Psych||Hazel Lazarus||1 episode|
|2013||Once Upon A Time||Ursula||1 episode|
|2014||Melissa and Joey||Calista||1 episode|
|2015||The Odd Couple||Dani||Recurring role|
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- "Yvette Nicole Brown". The University of Akron.
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- YouTube: East Coast Family 1-4-All-4-1 | Retrieved 11-20-2011 | 2:22 mark
- EW.com: 'Community': Get to know Yvette Nicole Brown (and how she got to know Chevy, Joel, Jude, and Gerard) | 09-24-2009 | Retrieved 11-20-2011
- Asim, Jabari (August 6, 2006). "The 'Trouble' With Black Actresses". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
- Dawidziak, Mark. "Molly Shannon and Yvette Nicole Brown courted for USA Network's 'Benched'". cleveland.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "Yvette Nicole Brown". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Awards for Yvette Nicole Brown". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
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