Shari Headley

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Shari Headley
Born (1964-07-15) July 15, 1964 (age 51)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Known for Lisa McDowell in Coming to America
Mimi Reed in All My Children
Juanita Barnes in 413 Hope St.
Spouse(s) Christopher "Play" Martin (m. 1993–95) (1 child)

Shari Headley (born July 15, 1964) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for portraying police officer Mimi Reed Frye Williams on the soap opera All My Children from May 1991 to April 1994, in February 1995 and from June 2005 until her final appearance on October 14, 2005. She has also acted on the big screen, and is known for her leading role as Lisa McDowell, opposite Eddie Murphy in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America.


Born In Queens, New York, Headley made her acting debut on The Cosby Show in 1985. Headley co-starred in an episode of Miami Vice in 1984 and on The Cover Girl episode of Andy Griffith's Matlock series on November 20, 1990.

In 1997, she had a leading role in the short-lived FOX ensemble drama 413 Hope St. Headley made a cameo appearance in Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" music video and also starred in Blackstreet's video "Before I Let You Go".

In 2004, she played Mack Johnson's (portrayed by Steve Harvey) wife Jacqueline in Johnson Family Vacation. Headley portrayed Felicia Boudreau on Guiding Light from November 2001 until May 2002.

She made a guest appearance in TV Episode: Walker: Texas Ranger as Trivette's date. She also appeared in the episode of the ABC Family comedy series 10 Things I Hate About You, "The Winner Takes It All" as Marcheline.

In 2007, she appeared in the movie Towelhead.

Headley was married to rapper/actor Christopher "Play" Martin from May 1993 until they divorced in June 1995. In April 1994, Headley gave birth to a son, Skyler Martin.



Year Film Role
1988 Coming to America Lisa McDowell
1996 The Preacher's Wife Arlene Chattan
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Jacqueline Johnson
2007 Towelhead Mrs. Bradley
2008 Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club Alexis


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Cosby Show Expectant Mother Two episodes (NBC)
1986 Miami Vice Cindy Season 2 Episode 17, "French Twist" (NBC)
1989 Kojak: Ariana Trish Van Hogan T.V. movie (syndicated)
1989 Gideon Oliver Zina Oliver Three episodes (ABC)
1990 Quantum Leap Violet Walters Season 2 Episode 16, "Pool Hall Blues" (NBC)
1990 Kojak: None So Blind Trish Van Hogan T.V. movie (syndicated)
1990 Matlock Carla Royce Season 5 Episode 9, "The Cover Girl" (NBC)
1991–1994; 1995; 2005 All My Children Det. Mimi Reed (ABC)
1995 New York Undercover Leanne Season 2 Episode 4, "Brotherhood" (Fox)
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Vanessa St. John Season 4 Episode 20, "Behind the Badge" (CBS)
1996 Cosby Nude Model Season 1 Episodes 9, "No Nudes Is Good Nudes" (CBS)
1997–1998 413 Hope St. Juanita Barnes Ten episodes (Fox)
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Barbara Season 1 Episode 1, "Smooth Sailing" (UPN)
1998 Getting Personal Fake Robyn Season 1 Episode 9, "Bring in 'Da Milo, Bring in 'Da Robyn" (Fox)
1998 Malcolm & Eddie Veronica Season 3 Episode 4, "Twisted Sisters" (UPN)
1998 For Your Love Maya Season 2 Episode 6, "The Sister Act" (WB)
1999 The Wayans Bros. Dawn Two episodes (WB)
2001–2002 The Guiding Light Felicia Boudreau One episode (CBS)
2003 Half & Half Barbara Season 2 Episode 10, "The Big Bitter Baby Shower Episode" (UPN)
2004 One on One Pamela Season 3 Episode 19, "Sleepless in Baltimore" (UPN)
2004–2007 The Bold and the Beautiful Heather Engle Seven episodes, (CBS)
2005 Veronica Mars Vanessa Hamilton Season 1 episode 13, "Lord of the Bling" (UPN)
2005 House M.D. Dr. Arlene Marks Season 1 Episode 19, "Kids" (Fox)
2009 Castle Nicole Cameron Season 2 Episode 9, "Love Me Dead" (ABC)
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Marcheline Season 1 Episode 15, "The Winner Takes It All" (ABC Family)
2011 White Collar Isabel Wilson Season 3 Episode 8, "As You Were" (USA)
2014 Love That Girl Maxine Season 4 Episode 25, "Gullible Is as Gullible Does" (TV One)
2014 The Haves and the Have Nots D.A. Season 2

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