Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold
Tichina arnold 2008.jpg
Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2008.
BornTichina Rolanda Arnold
(1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 43)
Queens, New York, U.S.
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School
OccupationActress, Model, Comedian, Singer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Lamon Brewster (m. 1991–95)
Rico Hines (m. 2012)
Partner(s)Carvin Haggins
(1 child; Alijah Kai)
Website
tichinaarnold.com
www.myspace.com/tichinaarnold
 
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Tichina Arnold
Tichina arnold 2008.jpg
Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2008.
BornTichina Rolanda Arnold
(1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 43)
Queens, New York, U.S.
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School
OccupationActress, Model, Comedian, Singer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Lamon Brewster (m. 1991–95)
Rico Hines (m. 2012)
Partner(s)Carvin Haggins
(1 child; Alijah Kai)
Website
tichinaarnold.com
www.myspace.com/tichinaarnold

Tichina Rolanda Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, model and singer. She is known for having portrayed the roles of Pamela James on the FOX comedy sitcom Martin (1992–97) and the family matriarch Rochelle on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. She also portrayed Judi Mann in the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced.

Early life[edit]

Arnold was born in Queens, New York, to a middle-class African-American family. Her mother was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer.[1] She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1986, Tichina Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. Arnold was only 17 at the time, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One. In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House. In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his character's wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand.[3] In a departure from her normally comedic casting, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story, which was about the first woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. She also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks, episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch" which aired in 2007. Her most recent stage credits, include: The Wiz Revival at the NY City Center as the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West. In 2010 she guest starred in the one-hour episode premiere of the Disney XD Original Series Pair of Kings as Aunt Nancy, and also reprise her role for one more episode.

Although not as widely known for her work in music, Arnold has experienced success as a recording artist; she co-wrote and performed the duet, "Movin Up," which reached #2 on the Billboard Club Play chart with fellow high school alum and house music artist Inaya Day. Arnold is credited using the moniker China Ro, a pseudonym that was derived from the using only the latter part of her first name and the first two letters of her middle name. Tichina Arnold played the best friend of Fran Drescher in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced, which is based on Fran Drescher's real-life marriage and divorce to series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags".[5] The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities such as her best friend Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs.[6] When her daughter was born, she stopped production.[7]

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai (born March 16, 2004),[8][9] with music producer Carvin Haggins. On August 18, 2012, Arnold married St. Johns Men's Basketball assistant Coach and former Golden State Warrior's Assistant Coach, DaRico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1983The Brass RingMary
1984House of Dies DrearPesty
1986Little Shop of HorrorsCrystal
1988Starlight: A Musical MovieEvelyn Ruth
1989How I Got into CollegeVera Cook
1991Scenes From a MallTicket Seller
1997Fakin' Da FunkTracy
1999A Luv Tale
2000Dancing in SeptemberRobber
2000Big Momma's HouseRitha
2002Civil BrandAisha
2002Yo AlienRay Goods
2005Preaching to the ChoirDesiree
2005Getting PlayedWoman in Restaurant
2007Wild HogsKaren Davis
2008Drillbit TaylorPhotography Teacher
2008Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker StoryLena Baker
2009Dance FlickRay's Mamma
2010Alex in Wonderland: Rehearsing WonderlandRed Queen/Miss Pippyvideo short
2010Alex in Wonderland: Interview with Debbie AllenRed Queen/Miss Pippyvideo short
2012Stolen ChildClaudiaTelevision Movie
2012The Great DivideTosha
2013SummonedMyleneTelevision Movie
2014More to LoveMargo
2014A Day Late and a Dollar ShortCharlotteTelevision Movie


Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987–1989Ryan's HopeZena Brown
1989The Cosby ShowDelores1 episode Episode: "Theo's Women"
1989–1991All My ChildrenSharla Valentine
1990Law & OrderLeonaEpisode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1992–1997MartinPamela 'Pam' JamesSeries Regular, 124 episodes
1998The Jamie Foxx ShowCarla1 episode Episode: "Soulmate to Cellmate"
1999Pacific Blue1 episode
1999The Norm ShowMrs. Murphy1 episode
2001–2005One on OneNicole BarnesRecurring Role, 15 episodes
2002Soul FoodAdina1 episode
2004Listen UpKiara1 episode
2005–2009Everybody Hates ChrisRochelleSeries Regular, 88 episodes
2007The BoondocksNicole (voice)1 episode Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung Fu Wolf Bitch"
2009SherriRussell's Mamma1 episode
2009BrothersCynthia3 episodes
2010–2011Pair of KingsAunt Nancy2 episodes
2011Raising HopeSylvia3 episodes
2011Are We There Yet?Vicky Howard1 episode Episode: "The Fight Party"
2011–2013Let's Stay TogetherDr. Knotts2 episodes
2011–2013Happily DivorcedJudi MannSeries Regular, 34 episodes
2014Hit the FloorDerek's Mother2 episodes
2014Survivor's RemorseCassie6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1988Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Ingenue in a Drama SeriesRyan's HopeNominated
1989Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Female Newcomer: DaytimeNominated
1996Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMartinWon
2006BET AwardsBest ActressHerselfNominated
Teen Choice AwardsTV - Choice Parental UnitEverybody Hates ChrisWon
TV - Choice Actress: ComedyNominated
Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesWon
2007Nominated
2008Nominated
2009Nominated
2010Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valorie Burton Listen to Your Life Spotlight: Tichina Arnold. Blackamericaweb. December 20, 2004
  2. ^ Tichina Arnold Biography - Yahoo! Movies. Movies.yahoo.com (1971-06-28). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  3. ^ Nathan Southern "Allmovie"
  4. ^ Star, Tyrell "Tichina Arnold’s New TV Show Pilot Happily Divorced", Tyrell Star, February 1, 2011.
  5. ^ China Moon Rags pag
  6. ^ September 2005 Interview. Thecrusade.net. Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  7. ^ Essence Magazine 2008 Interview. Realgossip101.blogspot.com (2008-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  8. ^ Tichina Arnold On Wendy Williams Show, Friday 26 November 2010[dead link]
  9. ^ Jet Magainze Birth Announcement. Findarticles.com (2004-04-12). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  10. ^ http://ballerwives.com/2011/08/05/actress-tichina-arnold-talks-upcoming-wedding-shows-off-her-engagment-ring/comment-page-1/#comment-66664,

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