Neal in 2019
Elise Demetria Neal
March 14, 1966
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
From 1998 to 2002, Neal starred as Yvonne Hughley in the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys. Other film appearances include Mission to Mars (2000), Hustle & Flow (2005) and Logan (2017). On television, Neal also starred as Tia Jewel in the first two seasons of the UPN/The CW sitcom All of Us from 2003 to 2005. She is a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee.
Neal was born on March 14, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of a nurse and a construction worker. She attended Lakeview Elementary. She was a ballet dancer and a cheerleader. She broke her left wrist in a high toss cheerleading stunt; after the bones healed, her wrist never straightened back out completely. She graduated from Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. From 1984–1988, she attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Elise left college after two years and moved to New York City where she landed roles in musical theater and found herself traveling the world with various touring companies. Her experience in musical theater allowed her to easily transition into commercials, eventually bringing her to Los Angeles.
Neal was an accomplished dancer and appeared in several hip-hop and R&B music videos in the early 1990s. One of her earliest jobs was as a background dancer in Chubb Rock's music video for "Just the Two of Us." Other music videos Neal has performed in include Black Sheep's 1992 video for Strobelite Honey, Father MC's 1991 video for "Lisa Baby", Aretha Franklin's 1998 video for "A Rose Is Still a Rose", Trick Daddy's 2001 video "I'm a Thug", and Vanessa Williams's video "Work to Do". Neal was also featured in the November 2007 edition of King Magazine.
Once in Los Angeles, Neal landed the role of Janice Sinclair on the soap opera Loving. She then played fighter pilot J.J. Fredericks on the series seaQuest 2032. Her breakout role was being cast as Yvonne Hughley, the wife of D.L. Hughley in the five seasons of the television sitcom The Hughleys. While on The Hughleys, Neal was cast in the high-profile role of Hallie in Scream 2. Her character was originally written to be one of the killers of the movie, but due to a script leak her role was changed. Neal also appeared as a backing dancer in the music video for Dannii Minogue's 1993 single “This Is It”.
Her film debut was a starring role in Rosewood. Other film credits include: Paid in Full, Money Talks, Mission to Mars and Restaurant. Her role in the 2007 film 4 Life also marked her first soundtrack single, "I'm Down Baby". She also appeared in the series K-Ville.
Neal was nominated for a NAACP award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the film Hustle & Flow, and received two NAACP nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy for The Hughleys.
Expanding her role as producer, Neal is creating and developing several multimedia projects: a reality show based on her R & B group, "Assorted Flavors", a fitness and lifestyle brand, and multiple feature projects through her development deal with Mandalay Bay Entertainment.
Neal played Kathryn Munson in the 2017 superhero film Logan.
|1995||Let It Be Me||Carlita|
|1997||Def Jam's How to Be a Player||Nadine|
|1998||Chance of a Lifetime||Amy|
|2000||Mission to Mars||Debra Graham|
|2001||The Rising Place||Wilma Watson|
|2001||Sacred Is the Flesh||Gabi Paige|
|2001||Brian's Song||Linda Sayers|
|2002||Paid in Full||Aunt June|
|2003||Playas Ball||Summer Twitty|
|2005||Hustle & Flow||Yevette||Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
|2009||Preaching to the Pastor||Monica|
|2010||Let God Be the Judge|
|2010||Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed||Monique|
|2010||Love Me or Leave Me||Josephine Wyatt|
|2011||The Slap||Gloria||Short film|
|2011||Lord, All Men Can't Be Dogs||Diane|
|2011||The Perfect Man|
|2011||Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury||Florence|
|2012||The Undershepherd||Sister Roberts|
|2012||Who's Watching the Kids||Delia|
|2014||First Impression||Kym Pine|
|2014||The Fright Night Files||Coffee Black|
|2014||Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B||Gladys Knight|
|2015||The White Sistas||Erin White||Also executive producer|
|2016||Ladies Book Club||Rona|
|2016||What Are the Chances?||Gina|
|2016||36 Hour Layover||Rebecca|
|2017||Tragedy Girls||Mrs. Hooper|
|2017||Our Dream Christmas||Cookie|
|2018||First Impression||Kym Pine|
|2018||I Left My Girlfriend for Regina Jones||Regina Jones|
|2018||We Belong Together||Megan||television movie|
- Tales (2017)
- Hollywood Divas (2014-2016)
- Scandal (2012)
- The Soul Man (2012–13)
- A.N.T. Farm (2011)
- Private Practice (2009)
- My Manny (2009)
- K-Ville (2007)
- The War at Home (2006-2008)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005)
- Method & Red (2004)
- All of Us (2003–2005)
- A.S.U.A (2003)
- The Hughleys (1998–2002)
- Fantasy Island (1998)
- The Wayans Bros (1998)
- The Steve Harvey Show (1996)
- Living Single (1996)
- ABC Afterschool Special (1996)
- SeaQuest 2032 (1995–1996)
- Chicago Hope (1995)
- Loving (cast member in 1994)
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1994)
- Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1993–1995)
- Family Matters (1993)
- Getting By (1993)
- Tales of the City (1993) (TV movie)
- California Dreams (1993)
- Law & Order (1992)
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- "Elise Neal Biography (1970-)". Retrieved October 11, 2016.
- "On This Day In Comedy… In 1966 Actress Elise Neal Was Born!". The Humor Mill. March 28, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Scream 2 rewritten after script leak". April 30, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Tales Episode 2 – 'I Got a Story to Tell' Cast". BET.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.