(m. 1987; div. 1990)
Karyn Parsons Rockwell is an American actress, author and comedian. She is best known for her role as Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. Parsons also starred in the 1995 film Major Payne opposite Damon Wayans, and in The Job (2001–2002) as Toni.
Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California. In an interview for Essence in 2008, she described her parentage as biracial. Her mother, Louise Parsons, is African-American from Charleston, South Carolina and her father, Kenneth B. Parsons, is British American of English and Welsh descent and from Butte, Montana. She attended Santa Monica High School.[better source needed]
Parsons starred as Hilary Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. She co-created, co-produced, co-wrote, and co-starred on the Fox sitcom Lush Life in 1996, which was later canceled after four episodes. In 2001, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series The Job with Denis Leary. Besides television, Parsons has starred in several films, particularly in comedies such as Late Nights (1992), Major Payne (1995), and The Ladies Man (2000). Parsons is the creator of Sweet Blackberry, a line of animated films about unsung black heroes. The first in the series is about Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom.
Parsons has also published two books for children: a middle-grade novel, How High the Moon (2019), which was loosely inspired by stories of her mother's childhood in the Jim Crow South; and Flying Free (2020), a picture-book biography of Bessie Coleman illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
Parsons married The Young and the Restless actor Randy Brooks in 1987; they divorced in 1990. Parsons married director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003. Together they have a daughter, Lana, and a son, Nico.
|1989||Death Spa||Brooke||Her film debut|
|1995||Major Payne||Emily Walburn|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Julie Simmons|
|2017||On Monday of Last Week||Tracy||Short film|
|1987||The Bronx Zoo||Amelia||Episodes: "Changes" and "The Power of a Lie"|
|1988||Hunter||Elizabeth Childs||Episode: "Renegade"|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Lynette||Episode: "Roughhouse"|
|1990–96||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Hilary Banks||Main role; 146 episodes|
|1992||Blossom||Hilary Banks||Episode: "Wake Up Little Suzy"|
|1992||Out All Night||Hilary Banks||Episode: "The Great Pretender"|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Annie||Episode: "Several Unusual Love Stories"|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Lady-in-waiting||Episode: "February 4, 1996"|
|1996||Lush Life||Margot Hines||Lead role|
|1999||Melrose Place||Jackie Zambrano||Episodes: "How Amanda Got Her Groove" and "Unpleasantville"|
|1999||Linc's||Elaine||Episode: "Dog Day Afternoon"|
|2001–02||The Job||Toni||Main role|
|2002||Static Shock||Tracy||Voice; Episode: "Static Shaq"|
- How High the Moon (2019)
- Flying Free (2020)
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- Rogo, Paula (August 18, 2018). "You'll Want To Add 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Star Karyn Parsons' Debut Novel To Your Bookshelf". Essence. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
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