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Tempestt Bledsoe
Born August 1, 1973 (1973-08-01) (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984—present

Tempestt Bledsoe (born August 1, 1973) is an American actress best known for her role as Bill Cosby's character Cliff Huxtable's daughter and fourth child, Vanessa Huxtable, on the sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992). She was born in Chicago, Illinois.



In the mid-1990s, Tempestt enjoyed a year long run as the host of her own daytime talk show, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show, produced by Columbia-Tristar and Dick Clark. She made a brief appearance in the sitcom The Parkers, and has been featured in the recurring role of a single mother on the ABC show The Practice, the Lifetime show Strong Medicine, and South Of Nowhere. Her most recent credits include starring as Nina in the Oxygen Channel's original television movie, Husband for Hire, Steven Bochco's Raising the Bar, and Abby in the third season of Disney Channel's animated series The Replacements.

She appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.

Personal life

In addition to her acting career, she received a degree in finance from New York University and enjoys music. She is dating actor Darryl M. Bell, who co-starred in the NBC TV comedy A Different World. The couple appear together in the Fox Reality Channel series Househusbands of Hollywood, which debuted August 2009.[1]


Bledsoe is mentioned in Stephen Levitt's book Freakonomics; a mother named her child Temptress after Bledsoe, having mistaken her name.


  1. ^ The Obenson Report, 12/21/2008 (accessed 2/16/2009)

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