|Born||Yvette Renee Wilson
March 6, 1964
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||June 14, 2012
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cervical cancer|
|Education||Wilson State University|
|Known for||Lynette Armstrong–Russell on Thea
Andell Wilkerson on Moesha
Andell Wilkerson on The Parkers
|Spouse(s)||Jerome Harry (m. 2001–12)|
Yvette Renee Wilson (March 6, 1964 – June 14, 2012) was an American comedian and actress. Wilson was best known for her role as Andell Wilkerson, the shopkeeper of the local hangout on the UPN sitcom Moesha (1996–2000); and restaurant owner and Nikki's (played by Mo'Nique) bestfriend on its spinoff The Parkers (1999–2004). She had appeared in many comedy films such as House Party 3, Friday, and on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. Wilson died from cervical cancer at the age of 48.
Before she started her career in the entertainment business, Wilson attended San Jose State University and majored in communications. Wilson first entered comedy when she lost a bet and had to perform as a stand-up comedian at a friend's club. She decided to make a living off comedy and never turned back.
Her big break came with Thea, a short-lived sitcom from 1993 to 1994. Thea was cancelled after 19 episodes but the show helped her get a role in House Party 3. In addition, Wilson also had a minor role in the 1995 comedy movie Friday as Smokey's blind date and appeared in films such as Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson, and the film parody Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
In 1995, she got the most important role of her career: Andell Wilkerson, a supporting character on the sitcom Moesha, which starred one of her castmates from Thea, R&B singer Brandy Norwood. Wilson's Andell character was the owner of The Den, a local teen hot spot on the show. In 2000, she left Moesha for its spin-off The Parkers, where she also played as Andell Wilkerson, who was the best friend of Mo'Nique's character Nikki Parker. After The Parkers ended, she went on to appear in shows like HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Fox Network shows. Wilson final acting role was in 2005's Ganked.
Wilson was married to record producer Jerome Harry from 2001 until her death in 2012. Wilson battled cervical cancer as well as kidney disease, and needed a kidney transplant. A friend, Jeffrey Pittle, created a website for people to donate money to help with her medical bills and help with transportation costs. The website raised 56% of the $25,000 needed. Wilson died on June 14, 2012, aged 48.
|1992–1993||In Living Color||Various||3 episodes|
|1993||Poetic Justice||Colette||Film Debut|
|1993–1994||Thea||Lynette Armstrong-Russell||19 episodes|
|1996||Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood||Nurse|
|1996–2000||Moesha||Andell Wilkerson||105 episodes|
|1997||The Jamie Foxx Show||Mary Jane||Episode "Break Yourself, Fool"|
|1999–2004||The Parkers||Andell Wilkerson||100 episodes|