Monica Calhoun

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Monica Calhoun
Born(1971-07-29) July 29, 1971 (age 43)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationLos Angeles County High School for Arts
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Website
www.monicacalhoun.com
 
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Monica Calhoun
Born(1971-07-29) July 29, 1971 (age 43)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationLos Angeles County High School for Arts
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Website
www.monicacalhoun.com

Monica Calhoun (born July 29, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Bagdad Cafe, The Players Club, The Salon, The Best Man, and its sequel The Best Man Holiday. Calhoun was Nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love" (1993). Calhoun was also nominated for the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Image Award for her portrayal of Mia Morgan in the 1999 comedy-drama film The Best Man.

Early life[edit]

Calhoun was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child star she worked with director F. Gary Gray (Set It Off) in a play. Calhoun is an alumnus of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (1989) alongside Anthony Anderson, Shondrella Avery, Tammy Townsend, and Jenna Elfman.

Career[edit]

She has also worked with Award winning actor Blair Underwood, R&B singer Shanice Wilson and Fame director and producer, Chris Stokes (He's Got Game) on a television pilot. Calhoun co-starred with actor Flex Alexander in the short-lived series, "Where I Live." Calhoun has also co-starred with veteran actors Robert Guillaume ("Benson") and Pam Grier in the television production, "Pacific Station." Calhoun appeared in several sitcoms including Bagdad Cafe (TV series- Starring Role), The Wayans Bros., A Different World and The Jamie Foxx Show. Her film work includes portraying the cousin of actress LisaRaye in Ice Cube's directorial debut The Players Club;The Best Man; Love & Basketball and 2007's The Salon with Vivica Fox. In 2009 Robert Townsend directed Monica Calhoun, Series Star, A Diary of a Single Mom, Season I, II and III (2008–2010) with Richard Roundtree("Shaft", 1971–73), Leon, Billy Dee Williams and Diahann Carroll. Monica Calhoun was the protagonist in the HBO special called Daddy's Girl or Daddy's Home. She was also the protagonist in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "What About Your Friends".

She has described Diary of a Single Mom as being night and day from The Best Man movies, but an "excellent experience." She called Diary of a Single Mom "a wonderful story about the struggles that single mothers go through trying to maintain family, raise healthy children and keep them out of trouble."[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Bagdad CafePhyllis
1993Jack the BearSondra
1993Younger and YoungerJaime-Lee
1993Sister Act 2: Back in the HabitClassroom Kid
1997Damn WhiteyYoung WomanShort film
1998Players Club, TheThe Players ClubEbony
1998Park DayTamala Davis
1999Best Man, TheThe Best ManMia Morgan
2000Love & BasketballKerry−212001Faux Pas
2002TurnaroundCammy
2002Civil BrandWet
2002Trois 2: Pandora's BoxMia DuBois
2003Love ChroniclesMaya
2003Gang of RosesRachel
2005Salon, TheThe SalonBrenda
2005Friends and LoversDebraVideo
2013The Best Man HolidayMia M. Sullivan
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Children of the NightWandaTV film
1989Heart and SoulTV short
1989CBS Schoolbreak SpecialVonetteEpisode: "15 and Getting Straight"
1990–1991Bagdad CafeDebbie15 episodes
1991She Stood AloneEliza HammondTV film
1992Jacksons: An American Dream, TheThe Jacksons: An American DreamRebbie JacksonTV film
1992CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCarolEpisode: "Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love"
1993Different World, AA Different WorldYolandaEpisode: "Homey, Don't Ya Know Me?"
1993Ernest Green Story, TheThe Ernest Green StoryMinnijean BrownTV film
1993Where I LiveKaiyaEpisode: "Big Mon on Campus"
1994Sweet JusticeKaraEpisode: "Fourth Quarter"
1995CBS Schoolbreak SpecialTemple BahamEpisode: "What About Your Friends"
1996Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros.VanessaEpisode: "Unbrotherly Love"
1996Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" ManigaultEvonneTV film
1997Ditchdigger's Daughters, TheThe Ditchdigger's DaughtersLindaTV film
1997Good NewsCynthia PorterEpisode: "Try a Little Tenderness"
1998Jamie Foxx Show, TheThe Jamie Foxx ShowKimEpisode: "Swing Out Sister"
1999Intimate BetrayalReese DelewareTV film
2000Malcolm & EddieHelenaEpisode: "Moving Violations"
2000Nature BoyMaria ColeTV short
2003NYPD BlueDenise WoodsonEpisode: "I Kid You Not"
2003Strong MedicinePaige WheelerEpisode: "Coming Clean"
2004JusticeShariceTV film
2006Grey's AnatomyMrs. WoodEpisode: "Break on Through"
2006Everybody Hates ChrisCharlotteEpisode: "Everybody Hates Funerals"
2007DirtChelleEpisode: "Pilot"
2008Cold CasePhoebe Curtis (1989)Episode: "Triple Threat"
2009–2011Diary of a Single MomOceanMain role (26 episodes)

TV shows[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reeves, Ronke Idowu (February 10, 2014). "Monica Calhoun: "I Heard They Are Doing a Third Best Man Film"". BET. 

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