Successful movie actress who had roles in several mainstream films including Coming to America, What's Love Got to Do with It, and Crimson Tide. Throughout her career, she has been nominated for more than five NAACP Image Awards.
She started out as a dancer and she appeared in the initial Broadway production of Dreamgirls.
Before breaking into the film industry, she had minor roles on several popular TV shows including All My Children and A Different World.
She married anesthesiologist Dr. Anthony Calloway in 1988 and the pair had two daughters together.
She appeared in several episodes of the TV series Hawthorne, which starred Jada Pinkett Smith.