Michael Michele

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Michael Michele
Born Michael Michele Williams
(1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 51)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress, fashion designer
Years active 1986–present
Children 1

Michael Michele (born Michael Michele Williams, August 30, 1966) is an American actress and fashion designer.[1] She began her career on stage before appearing opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1991 film New Jack City.

In 1990s, Michele had a leading roles in two CBS television series: crime drama Dangerous Curves (1992-93) and prime time soap opera Central Park West. She later joined the cast of NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street (1998-99) playing Det. Rene Sheppard, and from 1999 to 2002 played Dr. Cleo Finch in the NBC medical drama ER. She also has appeared in films The 6th Man (1997), Ali (2001), Dark Blue (2002) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003). In 2017, Michele began starring as villainous Ayanna Floyd in the Fox prime time soap opera Star.

Career[edit]

Michele has appeared in music videos by R&B singers Freddie Jackson and Eric Gable. In 1989 she sued actor Eddie Murphy in a high-profile Hollywood lawsuit alleging she was fired from the movie Harlem Nights for rejecting his romantic advances.[2] "She had the role that's now being played by Jasmine Guy, from A Different World," Murphy told Rolling Stone. "The fact of the matter is, I wanted someone with greater marquee value than Michael Michele. She wasn't working out. As for her claim that I was touching her, realistically speaking, if you're gonna be a sleaze and try to sleep with somebody, you try to sleep with 'em before you give 'em the part… In her lawsuit, she says I tried to touch her, like I was a pervert. I never tried to touch this woman. We had, like, four conversations, each time with up to sixty people around us on a sound stage. But the lawsuit itself didn't bother me. Lawsuits for me are an occupational hazard."[3]

In 1991, Michele had starring role opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1991 film New Jack City directed by Mario Van Peebles.[4] Despite film' success, Michele had her next movie role only six years later, starring opposite Marlon Wayans in the comedy film The 6th Man. In 1992, she went to star on the CBS late-night crime drama series Dangerous Curves, which ran for two seasons.[5][6] In 1993, she played a leading role in the six-part NBC soap opera miniseries Trade Winds.[7] The following year, she had a major recurring role in the Fox police drama series New York Undercover. She left the show in early 1995 for playing one of leads in the CBS prime time soap opera Central Park West alongside Mädchen Amick, Lauren Hutton and Raquel Welch.[8] he series was not successful and was cancelled after two seasons in 1996.

In 1998, Michele joined the cast of NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Rene Sheppard on show' final season.[9] She received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nomination for this role. Michelle repriced her role in Law & Order episode in 1999 and in television movie Homicide: The Movie in 2000. She later joined another NBC series, medical drama ER playing Dr. Cleo Finch from 1999 to 2002, for three seasons. She received another NAACP Image Award nomination.

In 2001, Michele played Veronica Porché Ali in the biographical drama film Ali opposite Will Smith.[10] She later had two more movie roles: crime drama Dark Blue (2002) and romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003).[5] She returned to television in 2004, with starring role in the short-lived UPN legal drama series Kevin Hill opposite Taye Diggs. In 2007, she guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in two episodes of House as a doctor who had previously worked with the CIA. In 2009 Michele starred in the Hallmark Channel film Relative Stranger with fellow ER cast member Eriq La Salle. In 2011, Michele had a recurring role on the CW teen drama Gossip Girl. IN late 2000s and early 2010s, Michele also starred in a number of unsold television pilots.

In 2017, Michele returned to series regular work playing villainous Ayanna Floyd, president of the record label, in the Fox prime time soap opera Star. Her character described as a modern day black Alexis Carrington.[11] She also was cast in a recurring role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Michele was born Michael Michele Williams in Evansville, Indiana, the elder of two daughters. Her father is white and her mother is black. Her father is a furniture-rental entrepreneur and her mother was employed by Bristol-Myers.[2] She was named for her mother's best friend, Michael Ann. Michele attended Howard Roosa Elementary School (a K-8 school at the time) and Benjamin Bosse High School, where she was active on the basketball team.[13] She has a son, J. Brandon, born December 21, 2004.[1]

In 2005, TV Guide ranked Michele # 36 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.[14] In 2012, she was named one of the "50 Hottest Biracial Women" by Complex Magazine.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Character Notes
1990 Def by Temptation Lady #6 Film debut
1991 New Jack City Selina
1997 The 6th Man R.C. St. John
1998 The Substitute 2: School's Out Kara Lavelle Straight-to-DVD
2001 Ali Veronica Porché Ali
2002 Dark Blue Beth Williamson Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Judy Spears Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain

Television[edit]

Year Title Character Notes
1988 1st & Ten Gillian Episode: "Saturday, Bloody Saturday"
1991 Private Times Failed TV pilot (see: Al B. Sure)
1992–93 Dangerous Curves Holly Williams Series regular, 34 episodes
1993 Trade Winds Maxine Phillips Miniseries
1994–95 New York Undercover Sandra Gil Recurring role (season 1), 12 episodes
1995–96 Central Park West Nikki Sheridan Series regular, 21 episodes
1998 Peter Benchley's Creature Tauna Miniseries
1998 Players Sylvie Episode: "Con-tinental"
1998-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Rene Sheppard Main role (season 7), 22 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
1999 Law & Order Det. Rene Sheppard Episode: "Sideshow"
1999–2002 ER Dr. Cleo Finch Series regular (seasons 6–8), 55 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2001)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2001)
2000 Homicide: The Movie Detective Rene Sheppard Television film
2004–05 Kevin Hill Jessie Gray Main role, 22 episodes
2005 The Hunt for the BTK Killer Detective Baines Television film
2006 Company Town Bridget Wilson Television pilot
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Valerie Sennet Episode: "Burned"
2007 House Dr. Samira Terzi Episodes: "Whatever It Takes", "Ugly"
2007 Judy's Got a Gun Pamela Coates Television pilot
2009 Relative Stranger Charlotte Television film
2011 Eden Tara Martin Television pilot
2011 Gossip Girl Jane Recurring role, 4 episodes
2014 Delirium Elyse Hargrove Television pilot
2015 The Following Sheila Episode: "A Hostile Witness"
2016 Blue Bloods Lois Potter Episode: "Unbearable Loss"
2016 MacGyver Diane Episode: "Scissors"
2017-present Star Ayanna Floyd Series regular
2017 Queen Sugar Darlene Sutton Episodes: "Heritage," and "On These I Stand"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reid, Cynthia (26 December 2011). "Actress Michael Michele Adds Fashion Designer To Her Resume". Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Susan Schindehette; Sue Carswell; Vicki Sheff (May 29, 1989). "Pink-Slipped by Eddie Murphy, Michael Michele Vows Their Only Date Will Be in Court". People. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Zehme, Bill (1989-08-24). "Eddie Murphy: Call Him Money". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  4. ^ "New Jack City". Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Michael Michele biography and filmography - Michael Michele movies". Tribute.ca. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Dangerous Curves". Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Trade Winds". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Horst, Carole (11 September 1995). "Central Park West". Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "Shooting From The Lip". Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "STYLE & SUBSTANCE: MICHAEL MICHELE". 9 December 2001. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (14 August 2017). "'Star': Michael Michele Cast As Series Regular In Season 2 Of Fox Series". Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (26 July 2017). "'Queen Sugar' Renewed for Season 3, Ava DuVernay Inks First-Look TV Deal With Harpo Films". Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (April 10, 2000). "All the Right Moves". People. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 202. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  15. ^ "The 50 Hottest Biracial Women". Complex Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 

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