Karyn Parsons

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Karyn Parsons
Born(1966-10-08) October 8, 1966 (age 46)[1]
Hollywood, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Randy Brooks (divorced)
Alexandre Rockwell (2003-present) 2 children
 
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Karyn Parsons
Born(1966-10-08) October 8, 1966 (age 46)[1]
Hollywood, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Randy Brooks (divorced)
Alexandre Rockwell (2003-present) 2 children

Karyn Parsons (born October 8, 1966)[2] is an American television and film actress and model best known for the role of Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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Early life

Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Louise Hubert is a black Trinidadian while her father, Kenneth B. Parsons, is white French-Canadian. During an interview with Essence in 2008,[3] she described her parentage. She attended Santa Monica High School.[4]

Career

Parsons is known for her role as Hilary Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran from 1990 to 1996. She co-created, co-produced and co-starred in the sitcom Lush Life in 1996, which was later canceled. In 2001, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series The Job with Denis Leary.

Besides television, Parsons has also starred in several films, particularly in comedies such as Late Nights (1992), Major Payne (1995) and The Ladies Man (2000). Parsons' current project is Sweet Blackberry, producing a line of animated films about unsung black heroes. The first in the series is about Henry Box Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom.[5]

Personal life

Parsons' first marriage was to The Young and the Restless actor Randy Brooks, but they later divorced in the '90s. Parsons remarried to director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003. Together they have a daughter named Lana (born March 2003) and a son named Nico (born May 2007).[6]

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1992Class ActEllen
1995Major PayneEmily Walburn
1998Mixing NiaNia
2000The Ladies ManJulie Simmons
200213 MoonsLily
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987The Bronx ZooGirl
Student #2
Episode: Changes
Episode: The Power of a Lie
1988HunterElizabeth ChildsEpisode: Renegade
CBS Summer PlayhouseLynetteEpisode: Roughhouse
19901996The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirHilary Banks
1992BlossomHilary BanksEpisode: Wake Up Little Suzy
Out All NightHilary BanksEpisode: The Great Pretender
1995The John Larroquette ShowAnnieEpisode: Several Unusual Love Stories
1996Gulliver's TravelsLady-in-WaitingNBC Miniseries
Lush LifeMargot Hines
1999Melrose PlaceJackie ZambranoEpisode: How Amanda Got Her Groove Back
Episode: Unpleasantville
Linc'sElaineEpisode: Dog Day Afternoon
2001The JobToniEpisode: Foot
2002-2004Static ShockTracyVoice Role
Episode: Static Shaq

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