Terri J. Vaughn

Highest Rated: 50% Dirty Laundry (2006)
Birthday: Oct 16, 1969
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
A dedicated actress who has transcended her meager beginnings to become a valuable onscreen commodity, Terri J. Vaughn did her best to keep off of the streets while growing up in San Francisco's Ridgeview Terrace Housing Project -- and one look at her impressive film credits shows that all of the hard work most definitely paid off. The daughter of a hardworking secretary and department-store employee, Vaughn divided her time between studying, singing in the church choir, modeling, and working at McDonald's early on. And while all of this served well to instill the ambitious young woman with a solid sense of self and purpose, her peers weren't always so impressed. It was during this period in her life that Vaughn became a frequent target for neighborhood bullies, which helped her to realize just how hopeless some of her peers truly felt. Later, Vaughn was determined to purchase her own car and go to college -- a goal she ultimately achieved by working as an operator and a post-office employee in order to pay both her car payments and her tuition at California State University. At a friend's request, Vaughn participated in the Miss Black California Pageant while a senior at CSU. Her reading of a passage from Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf marked a turning point when she earned a spot in the Los Angeles finals and one of the judges asked her to appear in a play he was producing. Soon spirited away on a 20-city tour of Tellin' It Like It Tiz, Vaughn had finally found her calling in life. Numerous stage roles were quick to follow, with a brief appearance on the hit television series Living Single marking her arrival as a film and television actress. Throughout the 1990s, Vaughn's career gained momentum thanks to parts in such films as Friday, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, with subsequent television roles in The Steve Harvey Show, Soul Food, and All of Us showing that the rising starlet was equally comfortable on screens both large and small. In 2006 and 2007, respectively, Vaughn could be seen in the independent comedy drama Dirty Laundry and the Tyler Perry drama Daddy's Little Girls. In addition to her acting work, Vaughn has shown her commitment to bettering the lives of young girls growing up in public housing and foster care by founding the Take Wings Foundation -- which aims to motivate, uplift, and inspire adolescents aged 13 to 18 by encouraging them to be positive, productive, and successful.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet #DigitalLivesMatter Director 2017
No Score Yet 72 Hours Actor 2015
No Score Yet Girlfriends' Getaway 2 Sophie 2015
No Score Yet A Cross to Bear Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer 2014
No Score Yet Girlfriends' Getaway Sophie 2014
No Score Yet Where's the Love? Kai Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet Hamlet & Hutch Kendall Producer 2014
No Score Yet Probable Cause Actor 2014
No Score Yet In The Meantime Nina 2013
No Score Yet Dreams Elise 2013
No Score Yet Who Did I Marry? Jennifer 2013
No Score Yet Between Sisters Benita 2013
No Score Yet Life, Love, Soul Tiffany 2012
No Score Yet If You Really Love Me Executive Producer Producer 2012
No Score Yet The Marriage Chronicles Kamel Jackson 2012
No Score Yet Baby Mama's Club Actor 2010
No Score Yet Love Me or Leave Me Actor 2010
No Score Yet Three Can Play That Game Linda 2008
No Score Yet Redrum Amber 2007
No Score Yet Angels Can't Help But Laugh Producer Actor 2007
26% Daddy's Little Girls Brenda $31.4M 2007
50% Dirty Laundry Jackie 2006
31% Stick It Susie Mack $26.9M 2006
No Score Yet From This Day Forward Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet Fair Game Actor 2005
No Score Yet Detonator Sharona Brown 2003
No Score Yet Black Scorpion II Tender Lovin' 1997
No Score Yet Carnosaur 3: Primal Species B. T. Coolidge 1996
31% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood Keisha 1996
No Score Yet Black Scorpion Veronica / Tender Lovin' 1995
No Score Yet Excessive Force II: Force on Force Grace 1995

TV

CREDIT
44% Rel
2018
Tia
  • 2018
No Score Yet Greenleaf
2016
Melisse
  • 2016
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
2009
Renee
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Mrs. Gleaon Betty
  • 1999
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
Guest
  • 1994
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Connie
  • 1994

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