Countess Vaughn

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Countess Vaughn
Born Countess Danielle Vaughn
(1978-08-08) August 8, 1978 (age 36)
Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1988—present
Spouse(s) Joseph James (m. 2002–05)
(2 children)

Countess Danielle Vaughn (born August 8, 1978) is an American actress and singer. Vaughn is best known for her role as Kimberly Ann Parker on the UPN sitcoms Moesha (1996–1999) and its spin-off The Parkers (1999–2004).

Early life[edit]

Vaughn was born in Idabel, Oklahoma to Sandra and Leo Vaughn.[1] She began her performing career at the age of three in 1981 singing at church. At age nine in 1988, she sang "I'll Be There" to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion.[1] Following that success, she was cast Alexandria DeWitt on the fourth season of NBC sitcom, 227.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1990s, Vaughn guest starred on Thea, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Roc. Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama, I Want to Sing! Part 3. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and R&B.[1] The album's lead single, a cover of James Brown's "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World", charted in the top-100 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; the album itself sold a mere 3,000 copies.

Vaughn is best known for her role as Kimberly Ann Parker in the UPN sitcom Moesha. She starred on show from 1996 to 1999. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. She starred in (and also sang the theme song for) the its spin-off, The Parkers, opposite Mo'Nique. The series aired from 1999 until 2004. In film, she co-starred in Trippin (1999). In later years she guest starred on Cuts and Let's Stay Together

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Joseph James, with whom she has a son Jaylin. During an appearance on The Mo'Nique Show, as well as The Doctors, she shared that she also has a daughter. In 2014, Vaughn appeared on The Doctors and revealed she suffered from hair loss due to bad reactions from glue used on wigs she wore for many years. She also has discoloration on her skin in many places.[2]

Reality television[edit]

As of mid-2000s, Vaughn began appearing in the number of reality shows. She appeared in the third season of Celebrity Fit Club which premiered in January 2006 on VH1. On episode four,she announced that her and husband, James, were ending their marriage. During the course of the show, she became the first cast member to ever gain weight, with a weight gain of 2 pounds. It was said on the season finale that she was simply trying to lose weight at the wrong time. She later appeared as a contestant on MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar which premiered August 30, 2007. She studied under Warren G for the show. On September 27, 2007, an illness caused her to be eliminated from the competition.

In 2014, Vaughn began starring in the TV One reality series Hollywood Divas, alongside Golden Brooks, Lisa Wu, and Paula Jai Parker.[3] The series premiered on October 8, 2014. She is one of the black actresses trying to navigate their career, family and relationships, while attempting to stay relevant in an unpredictable entertainment industry known for overlooking black talent. During the first season, Vaughn revealed that she had an abortion around the age of 18. She said that “I had an unwanted pregnancy. I had just started my TV show. I knew that in black Hollywood a girl having a baby, they’d get rid of you. I had to do something about it. I had to make a decision to get rid of a child for my career.”[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 227 Alexandria DeWitt Series regular, 13 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or Special (1989)
1992 Fievel's American Tails Monique (Voice) Episode: "Fievel, the Lonesome Ranger"
1992–1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Keisha Recurring role, 3 episodes
1994 Thea Charlene Episode: "Danesha Project"
1993–1994 Roc Carlita Episodes: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father" and "The Last Temptation of Roc"
1996 Minor Adjustments Monique Episode: "Witness"
1996–1999 Moesha Kimberly Ann Parker Series regular, 83 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1998)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1999–2000)
1997 Goode Behavior Episode: "Goode Lovin'"
1999–2004 The Parkers Kimberly Ann Parker Series regular 110 episodes
1999 Trippin' Anetta Jones
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Office Admin. Assistant
2006 Cuts Kelli Episode: "Adult Education"
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Dee Dee Voice
2006 Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Avenue Dee Dee Voice
2011 Let's Stay Together Chanteuse Episode: "Back Together Again"
2014 More to Love Karen
2014–present Hollywood Divas Herself Series regular
2015 The White Sistas London White Also producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Countess Vaughn". Metacritic. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Julee. "Countess Vaughn Reminds Us Of The Dangers Of Wigs And Weaves". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (May 16, 2014). "TV One Expands ‘Diva’ Franchise w/ Launch of ‘Hollywood Divas’ (Elise Neal, Golden Brooks, Paula Jai Parker, Countess Vaughn, Lisa Wu)". Shadow and Act. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ McRady, Rachel; Blynn, Jamie (October 30, 2014). "Countess Vaughn Reveals She Had Abortion as a Teen on Hollywood Divas". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

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