One of the versatile personalities Jasmine guy was born on March 10, 1962, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is an American actress, dancer, singer, thespian and director and has a diverse career in television, theater and films as well. Her father was a black man and mother was a Cape-Verdean American Woman with such an exotic background she easily set her foot in the industry.
She is of African American and Portuguese American descent. She has grown up in affluent historic collier Heights neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.
Her mother, Jaye Rudolph is a former high school teacher and her father Reverend William Guy was a pastor at the Historic Friendship church of Atlanta. Her father was a college instructor in philosophy and religion as well. She got hitched with Terrence Duckett in August 1998 and the couple has a daughter named Imani Guy Duckett born in 1999.
Their daughter was named after a character from the show ‘A Different World who is also trying to set his foot in the acting industry and following her mother’s footsteps. They got divorced in 2008 and the custody of daughter was given to Jasmine. And the Guy shifted to her hometown of Atlanta along with her daughter after the divorce.
Education: She went to Northside Performing Arts High School which was renamed as North Atlanta High School. At the age of 17, she attended the Alvin Ailey American dance center for which she moved to New York.
The first skill which developed in guy was dancing and she was taking ballet lessons from an early age of 5 years which shows how serious she was about it. Until the age of 12 she studied dance at the Spelman College Dance School and during high school, she pursued performing arts. At the age of 17 Years, jasmine won a scholarship to learn dance at prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and before his television debut in ‘Fame’ she worked as a concert dancer continuously for three years in a row
She made her first appearance on television with a non-speaking role in the television series named ‘Fame’ in the year 1982 and she acted in just 10 episodes. Moreover, she played the role of Will Smith’s girlfriend Kayla in an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the year 1991. During the running of the show ‘A Different World’ she released her self-titled debut album in the year 1990 which contained three singles named, ‘Try Me’, ‘Another Like My Lover’ and ‘Just Want to Hold You’. The album made of record with selling 168,000 copies and the last single hit the main US Top 40 Singles Chart.
She starred in the 1987 off-Broadway hit Musical Beehive and she also starred in The Wiz, Leader of the Pack, Grease, and Chicago. She has acted in Spike Lee’s musical-drama film school daze in 1988. In 1989, she played the role of Dominique La Rue in the movie Harlem Nights starring both Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. In Stage performances, she has won six consecutive N.A.A.C.P. Image awards for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series from the year 1990 to 1995.
Some of her famous television appearances are: ‘Melrose Place’, ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ and ‘Living Single’.
Currently, she has acted in the movie ‘October Baby’. In the theater, she has worked with famous personalities like Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. One of her favorite roles is Roxy; the grim reaper maid on Showtime’s hit series ‘Dead like Me’. She wrote three episodes of the show ‘A Different World” and directed one episode as well. She started working as a co-star in the show but at the end up replaced the Leading Actress of the show ‘Lisa Bonet’ who left the series.
She has also acted in hit TV shows named like my parents, my sister and me (2009), Drop Dead Diva (2010) and Lets’s Stay Together (2012). She has worked on a film named Big Stone Gap, a story which revolves around exploring the life of Ave Maria Mulligan and her dedication to her community. She has played the role of Leah Grimes in the movie.
Further, she has worked in Reconcilable (2014) in which is she played the role of a sober mother named Robye who is ready to see her family once again after a long battle with illness and addiction. She has also hosted the American show ‘Ballroom Challenge’. She has also given her voice to the animation ‘cats Don’t Dance’ and an educational video between the lions. She has also published some books including one on the life of Afeni Shakur who is the mother of Tupac Shakur. She is also involved with some schools and organization and contributing to the African American community as well.
At present, she is working as the Executive Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. She has also judged on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and has played a recurring role in the series The Vampire Diaries and Cosby Show as well. She is better known for her roles in the movies in documentaries which raise serious and deeper issues.
She has many qualities, for instance, she can sing, act and dance as well. As a director, her first project was ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow isEnuf’ in the year 2009 and it was a production of the theater company ‘true colors which brought home an Obie Award. She has also produced ‘The colored Museum for the same company’. Her some of the other directorial projects are ‘Brownie Points’ and ‘The Bluest Eye’. Further, she wrote an essay named ‘The Last to Know’ which was in the compilation ‘Not in My Family: The Aids in The African American Community’. She is also linked up with the organizations like the Lupus Foundation, Jackie Robinson Foundation, The women at Risk Foundation.
Jasmine Guy Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $4.5 Million US Dollars
She gained the most famous by playing the role of Whitley Gilbert in the Television Sitcom “a different world”. She has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million US dollars as of 2017 and still growing because of her work in different fields which proves that she is an all-rounder.
Jasmine Guy Business Model
The lady has many sources of business as she is a versatile personality. She Sings, Dances, acts and writes as well. She also gives appearances at many concerts, functions and other programs which bring a lot of wealth to her. Money has never been a problem to her because her hard work since childhood has paid her a lot and is still continued. She has also signed many endorsements and acted in a lot of blockbusters as well as hit Television Shows. Her acting in Television show ‘A Different World’ was the turning point of his life and brought success to her door.
Recently on February 20, 2017, Jasmine was seen speaking at the Hattiesburg Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Her appearance was the part of the Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series. She is known worldwide as an activist and an eminent actress.
Jasmine guy is one of the well established American actresses who have an excellent career behind her. she has proved herself in various fields like singing, dancing, acting, and reading which is an example to the world that how a person with her determination can make even impossible things possible. Her career is an inspiration for all the ladies who want to make their own identity and achieve something bigger. We wish her good health and luck and may she keep contributing in the industry with her excellent work.