Kimberly Elise

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Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise.jpg
Kimberly Elise in 2012
BornKimberly Elise Trammel
(1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 46)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Other namesKimberly Elise Oldham
Kimberly Oldham
OccupationActress
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Maurice Oldham (m. 1989–2005)
 
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Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise.jpg
Kimberly Elise in 2012
BornKimberly Elise Trammel
(1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 46)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Other namesKimberly Elise Oldham
Kimberly Oldham
OccupationActress
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Maurice Oldham (m. 1989–2005)

Kimberly Elise Trammel (born April 17, 1967), professionally known as Kimberly Elise, is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in such films as Set It Off, Beloved, John Q, The Manchurian Candidate, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and For Colored Girls.

Personal life[edit]

Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (née Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm.[1][2] She has three siblings. She studied film and acting at the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in Mass Communications.[3] She was married to Maurice Oldham (1989–2005). The couple had two daughters, AjaBleu Oldham (born June 25, 1990) and Butterfly Rose Oldham (born October 19, 1998). Maurice Oldham died from a "massive blood clot" in 2007.[4]

Elise's maternal descent is of the Songhai people.[5]

Career[edit]

Elise's first film was Set It Off (1996), in which she played one of four women who resort to robbing a bank for money. Her big break came in 1997 when she was cast in the Family Channel original television movie The Ditchdigger's Daughters, based on the Pulitzer-prize nominated and critically acclaimed 1995 memoir The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story, written by Yvonne S. Thornton and Jo Coudert. She received critical acclaim for her role in this film, and in 1997, she was recognized as Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries at the 19th annual CableACE Awards. A relative unknown at the time, she conveyed her anonymity upon receiving the award by saying: "Who is Kimberly Elise?" Her performance helped her land a role the next year in Beloved alongside Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She is often compared to a young Cicely Tyson, whom she resembles.

In 2004, she appeared in Woman Thou Art Loosed portraying Michelle, an abused young woman who finally got the help she needed behind bars. This role won her a Black Reel award for Best Actress. She also appeared in John Q, The Manchurian Candidate and Diary of a Mad Black Woman (she won a NAACP Image Award for the latter). From 2005 to 2007, she was part of the main cast of the CBS crime drama Close to Home, playing the Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) prosecutor Maureen Scofield. Her character was killed off in the last episode of the series. The series was cancelled on May 2007.

She has since made a guest appearance on the situation comedy Girlfriends, in which she played an HIV-positive woman.

Her most recent film role was in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010), as the battered wife Crystal. While the film itself received mixed to negative reviews,[6] her performance was praised by many critics. One journalist described her as "the great lost Best Supporting Actress contender of the 2010 season".[7]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Set It OffTisean 'T.T.' Williams
1998BelovedDenverChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2000BaitLisa Hill
2002John QDenise ArchibaldNominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004Woman Thou Art LoosedMichelle JordanBlack Reel Award for Best Independent Film Actress
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004The Manchurian CandidateEugenie RoseNominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005Diary of a Mad Black WomanHelen Simmons-McCarterBET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2007PrideSue Carter
2007The Great DebatersPearl Farmer
2009Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson StorySonya Carson
2010For Colored GirlsCrystal Wallace / Lady in BrownAfrican-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2011Ties That BindTheresa Harper
2012Highland ParkToniCompleted
2013Event 15Blaupost-production

Television work[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Newton's AppleBile duct supervisorEpisode "Jungle Survival/Liver/Emus"
1995In the HouseRouletteCredited as Kimberly Elise Oldham
Episode "Nanna Don't Play"
1996SentinelCandace BlakeEpisode "Black or White"
1997The Ditchdigger's DaughtersJeanetteTV movie
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
2000The Loretta Claiborne StoryLoretta ClaiborneTV movie
2001BojanglesFannieTV movie
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2002The Twilight ZoneJasmine Gardens / Police DetectiveEpisode "Another Life"
2003GirlfriendsReesie JacksonEpisodes " The Fast Track & the Furious", "The Pact"
2002-2003Soul FoodEstellaEpisodes "Falling from Grace", "Emotional Collateral"
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2005-2007Close to HomeMaureen ScofieldNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
2007Private PracticeAngie PagetEpisode "In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole"
2007Masters of Science FictionTilly VeeTV mini-series
2009Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson StorySonya CarsonTV movie
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
MovieGuide Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Prism Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
2009Grey's AnatomyDr. SwenderTV series
Episodes "Here's to Future Days", "Sweet Surrender", " Elevator Love Letter"
2011HawthorneEpisode "A Shot in the Dark"
2012Hannah's LawStagecoach MaryTV movie
2013Hit The FloorSloane

Awards and nominations[edit]

Acapulco Black Film Festival

African-American Film Critics Association

Black Reel Awards

CableACE Award

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

Golden Satellite Awards

NAACP Image Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

References[edit]

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