Monique Dupree

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Monique Dupree
Monique Dupree modeling her "Liz" Store merchandise 2014 2014-06-23 00-47.jpg
Dupree modeling her "Liz" Store merchandise 2014
Born Monique Gata Dupree
(1974-12-10) December 10, 1974 (age 43)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation actress, singer, producer, store owner
Years active 2000-present
Spouse(s) Anthony Saint Thomas

Monique Gata Dupree (born December 10, 1974) is an American singer and a B-movie horror actress, producer and mother of ten, often referred to as Tha Original Gata or the First Black Scream Queen.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Monique Dupree was born in Newark, New Jersey.

Debut[edit]

Her film career began at the age of 14, when she appeared in the 1989 Morgan Freeman film Lean On Me, about school principal Joe Clark. It was then that she realized that she wanted to pursue acting as a career. By the age of 18, she had done numerous stage productions, including the play Cry of the People by Robert Banks. Dupree's career saw success when she appeared on Fangoria Radio for a "Scream Queen" contest, for it was then that she first met Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment, who, in turn, signed her to a role in the movie Pot Zombies.

Film experience[edit]

After her initial encounter with Kaufman, Dupree acted in over 60 films, as of the middle of April 2017, including American Gangster, Life Support, The Replacements, Satan Hates You, and Bikini Bloodbath Christmas. She also appeared, wearing extensive makeup in character, as the vampire Emerald in the film Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned. In 2006, Dupree was named Silver Bullet Pictures's "Scream Queen of the Year".[2]

Modeling[edit]

Dupree's experience also included her having worked as a model. In working with Troma Entertainment in films, she was the first African American "Tromette," and the first to be a Tromette twice.[1] She appeared in numerous magazines across the world, including The Autograph Collector Magazine[3] and Primera Linea.[4] She also worked as a comicbook model. In Gingerstein: Rise of the Undead, she acted out the character of Edie Van Horne.[5]

Music[edit]

Dupree is also known, chiefly in the music world, as "Tha True Original Gata.™" She is lead singer of the musical team Negro Childe.[6]

As a conventioneer[edit]

Dupree appears at horror and comic book conventions across the United States, including Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, Dark X mas, Monster Mania, Big Apple Convention, and Fear Fest 2.[7]

"The Double Ds" of pro wrestling[edit]

In her recent career, Dupree has been a pro wrestler for the promotion House of Hardcore along with her daughter, Monet Dupree. Together, they are called "The Double D(upree)s."

Personal life[edit]

Dupree married[when?] Anthony Saint Thomas; the 10 children they have between them are all in the entertainment industry in some form or fashion.

Monique also has a host of siblings from both her mother's and her father's side of the family. Her most notable sibling is the iconic Tony Todd, who, in his own right, was known for Candyman, The Rock, and many other titles.

Filmography[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Sci Fi España January 8, 2008, Vol. 1, Iss. 19, pg. 65
  • Autograph Collector Magazine November 1, 2008, pg. 36
  • The YO Magazine December 6, 2007, Vol. 1, Iss. 2
  • Sirens of Cinema July 10, 2008, Vol. 2, Iss. 12, pg. 40-41
  • Fangoria Magazine[volume & issue needed]
  • Scars Magazine 2009 Calendar
  • Spanish GQ July/August 2008, Iss.135
  • Shriekfreak Quarterly[volume & issue needed]
  • Primera Linea November 1, 2008, pg. 64, 66

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