Vanessa Bell Calloway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Vanessa Bell Calloway
Vanessa Bell Calloway.jpg
Vanessa Bell Calloway, September 2007
BornVanessa Bell
(1957-03-20) March 20, 1957 (age 57)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Anthony Calloway (m. 1988)
Jump to: navigation, search
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Vanessa Bell Calloway.jpg
Vanessa Bell Calloway, September 2007
BornVanessa Bell
(1957-03-20) March 20, 1957 (age 57)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Anthony Calloway (m. 1988)

Vanessa Bell Calloway (born March 20, 1957) is an American actress who has appeared in a number of films, including Biker Boyz, Love Don't Cost a Thing, What's Love Got to Do with It, Coming to America, and Cheaper by the Dozen.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Vanessa Bell in Toledo, Ohio,[1] she received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University where she was a member of the African-American Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Calloway also studied dance with Alvin Ailey, George Faison, and Otis Sallid. Calloway began her career as a dancer in Michael Bennett's original Broadway production of Dreamgirls.[2][3] She also was in the ensemble of the short-lived musical Bring Back Birdie.[4]

It was during this time period that Calloway directed the music video Angel Man for soul singer Rhetta Hughes.

Calloway first began acting in the long-running soap opera All My Children in 1982. She has appeared in various guest roles in television including Falcon Crest, 1st & Ten, L.A. Law, A Different World, Doctor Doctor, Dream On, Diagnosis: Murder, The Closer. In 1995, she co-starred opposite James Earl Jones and Joe Morton in the short-lived CBS drama Under One Roof. For her role on the series, Calloway was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received two Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Boston Public and The District.

In addition to television and stage work, Calloway has also appeared in several films. She made her film debut in the comedy Coming to America as Eddie Murphy's subservient bride-to-be. Calloway later appeared in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) opposite Angela Bassett, Crimson Tide (1995) starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, and Lakeview Terrace (2008) starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to anesthesiologist Dr. Anthony Calloway since 1988. The couple have two daughters, Ashley and Ally.[1] Ashley is one of the stars of the BET series Baldwin Hills.[5]


Calloway with her daughter Alexandra in December 2010
1988Coming to AmericaImani Izzi
1992Bébé's KidsJamikaVoice
1993What's Love Got to Do with ItJackie
1994Inkwell, TheThe InkwellFrancis PhillipsAlternative title: No Ordinary Summer
1995Crimson TideJulia Hunter
1996DaylightGrace Calloway
2001Brothers, TheThe BrothersDr. Thelma Woolridge
2002DawgChristine HodgesAlternative title: Bad Boy
2003Biker BoyzAnita
2003Love Don't Cost a ThingVivian Johnson
2003Cheaper by the DozenDiana Philips
2008Lakeview TerraceAunt Dorrie
2009Killing of WendyWendy
2010Obama Effect, TheThe Obama EffectMolly Thomas
2012Last Fall, TheThe Last FallMarie Bishop
1985All My ChildrenYvonne Caldwell3 episodes
1985Days of our LivesDenise PrestonUnknown episodes
1986Colbys, TheThe ColbysLowell ShermanEpisode: "The Trial"
1986Simon & SimonJulieEpisode: "Act Five"
1987227SherryEpisode: "The Honeymoon's Over"
1989In the Heat of the NightAudrey MooreEpisode: "Accused"
1989PollyNancyTelevision movie
1990China BeachSweet HulaEpisode: "One Giant Leap"
1990Polly: Comin' HomeNancy DoddsTelevision movie
1991Father Dowling MysteriesEmilyEpisode: "The Monkey Business Mystery"
1992Stompin' at the SavoyDorothyTelevision Movie
1993Sinbad Show, TheThe Sinbad ShowMichelle MichaelsEpisode: "The Par-tay"
1995Touched by an AngelDebra WillisEpisode: "The Driver"
1996Cherokee Kid, TheThe Cherokee KidAbby HolsoppleTelevision movie
1997SparksMoniqueEpisode: "Too Hot Not to Cool Down"
1998PreyGraceEpisodes: "Revelations"
1998MoeshaDr. WoodsEpisode: "Psyche Your Mind"
1998Temptations, TheThe TemptationsJonnie Mae MatthewsMiniseries
1999Malcolm & EddieViva JensenEpisode: "Daddio"
2001Division, TheThe DivisionDanaEpisode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"
2002One on OneMichelle McCallEpisode: "The Way You Make Me Feel"
2002Parkers, TheThe ParkersAlainaEpisode: "And the Winner Is..."
2003–200410-8: Officers on DutyGina BarnesEpisodes: "Blood Sugar Sex Magik"
"Late for School"
"Love Don't Love Nobody"
2004CSI: MiamiTonya WashingtonEpisode: "Speed Kills"
2004Strong MedicineMelanie RhodesEpisode: "Foreign Bodies"
2005Joan of ArcadiaCorey PhillipsEpisode: Shadows and Light"
2006Closer, TheThe CloserLynn TalmadgeEpisode: "Slippin'"
2009CSIJudge HimmelEpisode: "Miscarriage of Justice"
2009Cold CaseGeraldine Watkins (1970)Episode: "Soul"
2010DexterCrisis CounselorEpisode: "Practically Perfect"
2010HawthorneGail Strummer10 episodes
2011ShamelessCarol FisherRecurring
2012RingerRoyce WeiglerEpisode "I'm the Good Twin"
2012Rizzoli & IslesAssistant District Attorney3 episode
2013CastleBeryl WickfieldEpisode: "Time Will Tell"
2014NCISSally HammondEpisode "Crescent City: Part 1"
2014RecklessJudge KressEpisode "Parting Shots"

Award nominations[edit]

Award nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1996NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesUnder One RoofNominated
1997NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesAmerica's DreamNominated
1998NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesOrleansNominated
1999NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesTemptations, TheThe TemptationsNominated
2002NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesBoston PublicNominated
2004NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesDistrict, TheThe DistrictNominated


  1. ^ a b "Vanessa Bell Calloway Biography (1957–)". Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Outstanding accomplishments: Ohio University's Greek community honors three alumni". Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Official biography". Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  4. ^ IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information
  5. ^ "Bet’s ‘Baldwin Hills’ Returns With Fresh Faces and New Drama". 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-08-16. [dead link]

External links[edit]