Countess Vaughn

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Countess Vaughn
BornCountess Danielle Vaughn
(1978-08-08) August 8, 1978 (age 35)
Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S.
Other namesCountess Vaughn James
OccupationActress/Singer
Years active1988—present
Spouse(s)Joseph James (2002–2005 – Filed for divorce) (2 children)
 
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Countess Vaughn
BornCountess Danielle Vaughn
(1978-08-08) August 8, 1978 (age 35)
Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S.
Other namesCountess Vaughn James
OccupationActress/Singer
Years active1988—present
Spouse(s)Joseph James (2002–2005 – Filed for divorce) (2 children)

Countess Danielle Vaughn (born August 8, 1978) is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Alexandria DeWitt on 227 and as Kim Parker on the UPN sitcom Moesha and spin-off The Parkers.

Early life and career[edit]

Vaughn was born in Idabel, Oklahoma. She began her performing career at the age of three in 1981 singing at church. At age nine in 1988, she sang "I'll Be There" to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion. She was married to Joseph James, with whom she has a son Jaylin. During an appearance on The Mo'Nique Show, she shared that she also has a daughter.

Acting career[edit]

Vaughn began her acting career in 1988 playing the role of Alexandria DeWitt on 227, followed by roles in Thea, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Roc. She also performed in several television specials including the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, The Magical World of Disney, the Orange Bowl Parade, the Easter Seals Telethon.

Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama, I Want to Sing! Part 3. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and R&B. The album's lead single, a cover of James Brown's "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World", charted in the top-100 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; the album itself sold a mere 3,000 copies. She starred in (and also sang the theme song for) the UPN sitcom, The Parkers, from 1999 until the show ended in 2004. In 2011, Vaughn made her return to television on the BET sitcom Let's Stay Together. Vaughn portrayed the friend of the character Kita portrayed by Erica Hubbard.

Reality television[edit]

Celebrity Fit Club[edit]

Vaughn appeared in the third season of Celebrity Fit Club which premiered in January 2006 on VH1. On episode four,she announced that her and husband, James, were ending their marriage. During the course of the show, she became the first cast member to ever gain weight, with a weight gain of 2 pounds. It was said on the season finale that she was simply trying to lose weight at the wrong time.

Celebrity Rap Superstar[edit]

Vaughn appears as a contestant on MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar which premiered August 30, 2007. She studied under Warren G for the show. On September 27, 2007, an illness caused her to be eliminated from the competition.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1999Trippin'Anetta Joney
2001Max Keeble's Big MoveOffice Admin. Assistant
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1988–1989227Alexandria13 episodes
1992Fievel's American TailsMonique (Voice)1 episode
1992–1993Hangin' with Mr. CooperKeisha3 episodes
1994TheaCharlene1 episode
1993–1994RocCarlita2 episodes
1996Minor AdjustmentsMonique1 episode
1996–1999MoeshaKimberly Ann Parker83 episodes
1997Goode Behavior1 episode
1999–2004The ParkersKimberly Ann Parker111 episodes
2003MADtvHerself11 episodes
2006CutsKelli1 episode
Thugaboo: Sneaker MadnessDee DeeVoice
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's AvenueDee DeeVoice
2009Life After: The ParkersHerself1 episode
2011Let's Stay TogetherChauntelle1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategorySeries
1989Young Artist AwardNominatedBest Young Actress Featured, Co-starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or Special227
1998NAACP Image AwardsWonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha
1999NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha'c'
2000Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Parkers

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