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Stacey Dash
BornStacey Lauretta Dash
(1967-01-20) January 20, 1967 (age 47)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Brian Lovell (1999–2005)
James Maby (2005–2006)
Emmanuel Xuereb (2007–2010)
 
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Stacey Dash
BornStacey Lauretta Dash
(1967-01-20) January 20, 1967 (age 47)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Brian Lovell (1999–2005)
James Maby (2005–2006)
Emmanuel Xuereb (2007–2010)

Stacey Lauretta Dash (born January 20, 1967) is an American film and television actress, known for starring in the 1995 feature film Clueless and the television spinoff of the same name. She has also appeared in films such as Moving, Mo' Money, Renaissance Man and View from the Top. Other television work by Dash includes appearances in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Single Ladies and the reality television show Celebrity Circus. She has also appeared in music videos for Carl Thomas' "Emotional" and Kanye West's "All Falls Down".

Early life

Stacey Dash was born in The Bronx, New York. She is an alumna of Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Her mother, Linda, was the general manager of DME Interactive Holdings.[1] Her father is a businessman.[2] She is part Barbadian, African American and Mexican.[3] Her brother is Darien Dash, the CEO of DME Interactive Holdings, and her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records.[4]

Career

Dash made her first TV appearance in Farrell for the People starring Valerie Harper and a yet-unknown Ed O'Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode. Her first notable appearance was as 'Michelle' in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend" alongside Lisa Bonet, and in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[5] Dash's first substantial television role was in the 1988 television series TV 101, which also featured Matt LeBlanc and Sam Robards. The series was canceled after 13 episodes.

Dash's first major film role was in the Richard Pryor comedy Moving in 1988. She also had sizeable roles in Mo' Money and Renaissance Man during this time. In 1995, Dash starred as a femme fatale in a low-budget film, Illegal in Blue. Dash received her big break with the 1995 film Clueless, which starred Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Dash played Cher's high school best friend Dionne Marie Davenport, even though Dash was twenty-eight at the time. In 1996 the film spawned a television spinoff, also called Clueless, in which Dash reprised her role as Dionne and Rachel Blanchard played Cher. The series ran from 1996–1999.

After the television series ended, she appeared in View from the Top (2003) and smaller budget films, including Gang of Roses (2003), and Getting Played (2005). She also has appeared in small guest roles on television shows such as Eve and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Dash played Vanessa Weir in the television series, The Strip, which was not successful and was canceled after several episodes.

In 2001, Dash was featured in a music video by Carl Thomas for the single "Emotional". In 2004, Dash was featured in a music video by Kanye West, label mate of her cousin Damon Dash for the single "All Falls Down." At age 40, Stacey Dash posed nude in the August 2006 issue of Playboy. Also in 2006, she was featured in singer Marques Houston's video, "Favorite Girl". In 2006, she launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.[6]

In 2007, she completed filming roles in I Could Never Be Your Woman, Nora's Hair Salon II, Fashion Victim, Ghost Image and American Primitive. For 2008 release, she filmed Phantom Punch and Secrets Of A Hollywood Nurse for television, and the feature film Close Quarters.

Dash performed in the 2008 reality television series, Celebrity Circus. Prior to the series premiere, Dash suffered a broken rib while training. Despite the injury, Dash performed on the trapeze bungee during the premiere and continued on to be a finalist. Dash finished second behind Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Dash made a guest appearance on the television series The Game in early 2009.

Dash starred in the first season VH1 original series Single Ladies, as Valerie "Val" Stokes, a woman who is a " 'good girl' looking for a good man".[7] She did not return for the second season.[8][9][10]

In 2012, Dash starred as Lisa, the female lead in the film Dysfunctional Friends, alongside Meagan Good, Tatyana Ali, Stacy Keibler and Terrell Owens. The film was written and directed by Corey Grant. It garnered favorable reviews from Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com[11] and Michael Dequina of TheMovieReport.com,[12] but a negative review by John Anderson of Variety.[13][14]

In 2012, Dash was featured in Funny or Die and Youtube broadcast trailers and shorts for her new web series Stacey Dash is Normal.[15] The scripted series will launch in 2013.[16]

Personal life

In 2010, Dash filed a divorce and restraining order against her now ex-husband Emmanuel Xuereb.[17][18] Dash claimed "Xuereb hit her on several occasions on her face, head and body throughout the marriage." [19]

On October 7, 2012, Dash posted an endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on her Twitter account. In response to this, other Twitter followers responded with criticism, racial epithets and calls for her to commit suicide.[20][21][22] Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan personally telephoned her. During their conversation, Ryan thanked Dash for supporting the Romney-Ryan ticket, and "told her she was brave".[23][24]

Since the 2012 elections, Dash has made it a point of publicly expressing her conservative views. She criticized Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba in April 2013. Dash asked her fans on Twitter if they "care that The Jay Zs have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?"[25]

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1987Enemy TerritoryToni Briggs
1988MovingCasey Pear
1989Tennessee NightsMinnie
1992Mo' MoneyAmber Evans
1994Renaissance ManPvt. Miranda Myers
1995CluelessDionne DavenportYoung Artist Award (nominated)
Illegal in BlueKari Truitt
1997Cold Around the HeartBec Rosenberg
1997PersonalsLeah
2001The PaintingHallie Gilmore at 18a.k.a. Soldiers of Change
2002Paper SoldiersTamika
2003View from the TopAngela Samona
Gang of RosesKim
Ride or DieReal Venus
2005Lethal EvictionAmanda
Getting PlayedEmily
2007I Could Never Be Your WomanBrianna Minx
Ghost ImageAlicia
2008Christmas BreakSmokin' WomanShort film
Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut AboveSimone
Fashion VictimCara Wheeler
American PrimitiveJoy Crowley
Phantom PunchGeraldine Liston
2009Chrome AngelsLady
Close QuartersKate
2010House ArrestChanel
2012Dysfunctional FriendsLisa
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Farrell for the PeopleDenise GreyNBC TV film
1985The Cosby ShowMichelleEpisode: "Denise's Friend"
1988St. ElsewherePenny FranksEpisodes: "Their Town"
"The Naked Civil Surgeon"
"Requiem for a Heavyweight"
"Split Decision"
1988–1989TV 101Monique
1994The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirMichelle MichaelsEpisode: "When You Hit Upon a Star"
Harts of the WestEpisode: "Drive, He Said"
1996–1999CluelessDionne "Dee" DavenportSeries regular
1998Penn & Teller's Sin City SpectacularEpisode: 1.9
1999–2000The StripVanessa WeirSeries regular
2001Going to CaliforniaJanieEpisode: "A Pirate Looks at 15 to 20"
Men, Women & DogsMegEpisode: "Pilot"
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAmy YoungEpisode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2003EveCorrynEpisode: "The Ex Factor"
2005Duck DodgersPaprika SoloVoice role
Episode: Diamond Boogie/Corporate Pigfall
2008Secrets of a Hollywood NurseReporterTV film
American Dad!Janet LewisEpisode: "Escape from Pearl Bailey"
2009–2011The GameCamilleEpisode: "Truth and Consequences"
Episode: "Put a Ring On It"
Episode: "The Fall of the Roman"
Episode: "The Wedding Episode"
Episode: "The Right to Choose"
2011Single LadiesValerie "Val" StokesLead role (season 1)
2013The ExesDanaEpisode: "Trading Places"

References

  1. ^ "Dash, Darien(1972–) - Entrepreneur, business executive, Becomes Technology Entrepreneur, Chronology, Serves Community and National Ventures, Awards and Service - JRank Articles". Encyclopedia.jrank.org. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  2. ^ Finn, Robin. "PUBLIC LIVES; Pulling for, and Pushing, an Urban Internet", The New York Times, February 17, 2000. Accessed July 3, 2011. "The appointment came 10 years after he returned home from school, a kid himself, to find his father, a methadone addict, dead of a heart attack on Boston Road in the Bronx."
  3. ^ "Stacey Dash- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Friedman, Roger (2002-05-16). "Jay-Zs Producer on a Roll". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Stacey Dash: Full biography". hollywood.com. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Letters of Marque". Letters of Marque. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Cast Bios". VH1. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Stacey Dash Breaks Her Silence About "Single Ladies" (EXCLUSIVE)". Global Grind. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  9. ^ Jensen, Jeff (2011-08-31). "Stacey Dash exiting VH1's 'Single Ladies' | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Breaking News: Stacey Dash Reveals To Global Grind That She Is Not Returning To Single Ladies". Blog.vh1.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  11. ^ Morales, Wilson (February 3, 2012). "Dysfunctional Friends". BlackFilm.com
  12. ^ Dequina, Michael (February 3, 2012). "The Movie Report Archive: February 2012". TheMovieReport.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Anderson, John (February 5, 2012). "Dysfunctional Friends". Variety.
  14. ^ "Dysfunctional Friends (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  15. ^ [1] The Huffington Post. 2 July 2012
  16. ^ [2] Quickies: Tamar’s Single, Amber’s Miscarriage, Stacey’s ‘Normal’] Electronic Urban Report. 16 February 2013
  17. ^ Oliver, Kealan (2010-04-09). "Stacey Dash from "Clueless": My Husband Emmanuel Xuereb Beat Me, I Was Afraid to Tell Police". CBS News. 
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Superior Court Temporary Restraining Order". TMZ. 
  19. ^ Matthews, Laura (October 1, 2011). "‘Single Ladies’ Stacey Dash Divorces Actor Emmanuel Xuereb [Restraining Order]". International Business Times. 
  20. ^ Hollie McKay (October 8, 2012). "Actress Stacey Dash hit with racially-charged attacks after endorsing Romney". FoxNews.com. 
  21. ^ Dennis Romero (October 8, 2012). "Stacey Dash's Romney Endorsement Spawns Twitter Backlash, GOP Support". LA Weekly. 
  22. ^ Chenda Ngak (2012-10-10). ""Clueless" actress Stacey Dash target of Twitter backlash after endorsing". CBS. 
  23. ^ Leslie Larson; Meghan Keneally (2012-10-10). "'I chose Romney not by color of his skin but by the content of his character': Clueless star Stacey Dash hits back at her race-hate Twitter critics". Daily Mail. 
  24. ^ Ann Oldenburg (2012-10-10). "Stacey Dash 'shocked' by 'fury' over her Romney support". USA Today. 
  25. ^ Rahim Ali (2013-11-04). "Stacey Dash Blasts Jay-Z and Beyoncé for Cuba Trip". BET. 

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