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Tichina Arnold

Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 24, 2008
Born Tichina Rolanda Arnold
June 28, 1971 (1971-06-28) (age 38)[1]
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Lamon Brewster (divorced)
Official website

Tichina Rolanda Arnold (born June 28, 1971)[2] is an American actress. She is likely best known for her roles as Pamela James on the Fox sitcom Martin from August 1992 until May 1997, and as the matriarch Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris from September 2005 until May 2009. She also played the recurring role of Nicole Barnes on the television series One on One.

Her other television credits include Listen Up!, Soul Food, The Norm Show, Pacific Blue, The Jamie Foxx Show, All My Children, Law & Order, The Cosby Show and Ryan's Hope.

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Biography

Arnold was born to a middle-class family in Queens, New York. Her mother was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer [3]. She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts [4]. Her penchant for performing began in her childhood, holding church congregations enthralled as a four-year-old. When she turned eight, her mother and uncle encouraged her to audition, and she won a part in her first play The Me Nobody Knows at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn[citation needed]. She continued to perform in the theater and at supper clubs, starring in such production as Hair, Romance and Hard Times[citation needed]. She then landed bit parts in TV movies such as The Brass Ring in 1983 and PBS' House of Dies Drear the year after[citation needed].

Personal life

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai (born April 11, 2004 [5][6]), with music producer Carvin Haggins.

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags" [7]. The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandannas. Celebrities such as her best friend Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs [8]. When her daughter was born she stopped production [9]. Arnold and her daughter live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career

In 1986, Tichina Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. Arnold was only 15 at the time, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One. In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House. In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand [10]. In a departure from her normally comedic casting, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story, which was about the first woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009.

Partial filmography

Film

Year Film Role Other notes
1983 The Brass Ring Mary Made for television movie
1984 House of Dies Drear Pesty Made for television movie
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie Evelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got Into College Vera Cook
1991 Scenes from a Mall Ticket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1998 Perfect Prey Susie
1999 A Luv Tale
2000 Dancing In September Robber
2000 Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
2002 Yo Alien Ray Goods
2005 On the One (Preaching to the choir) Desiree
2005 Getting Played Woman In Restaurant
2006–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Royshell 2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
2008 The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mama

Television

Awards and nominations

  • BET Awards
    • 2006, Best Actress: (Nominated)
    • 2007, Best Actress: (Nominated)

References

External links


Tichina Arnold
File:Tichina arnold
Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 24, 2008
Born Tichina Rolanda Arnold
June 28, 1971 (1971-06-28) (age 39)
Queens, New York, USA
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse Lamon Brewster (divorced),
Carvin Haggins, 1 child
Website
http://www.myspace.com/tichinaarnold
Tichina Rolanda Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress and singer . She is best known for her roles as Pamela James on the FOX sitcom Martin, and as family matriarch Rochelle on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.

Contents

Biography

Arnold was born to a middle-class family in Queens, New York. Her mother was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer [1]. She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts [2]. Her penchant for performing began in her childhood, holding church congregations enthralled as a four-year-old. When she turned eight, her mother and uncle encouraged her to audition, and she won a part in her first play The Me Nobody Knows at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn[citation needed]. She continued to perform in the theater and at supper clubs, starring in such production as Hair, Romance and Hard Times[citation needed]. She then landed bit parts in TV movies such as The Brass Ring in 1983 and PBS' House of Dies Drear the year after[citation needed].Has relatives in Jacarezinho;in Brazilian state of Parana, Arnold has one sister

Personal life

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai (born April 12, 2004 [3][4]), with music producer Carvin Haggins.

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags" [5]. The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandannas. Celebrities such as her best friend Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs [6]. When her daughter was born, she stopped production.[7]. Arnold and her daughter live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career

In 1986, Tichina Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. Arnold was only 15 at the time, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One. In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House. In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand [8]. In a departure from her normally comedic casting, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story, which was about the first woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. She also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks, episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch" which aired in 2007.

Her most recent stage credits, include: The Wiz Revival at the NY City Center as the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West. In 2010 she guest starred in the premiere of the disney xd series Pair of Kings as Brady and Boomer's aunt.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Brass Ring Mary
1984 House of Dies Drear Pesty
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie Evelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got into College Vera Cook
1991 Scenes From a Mall Ticket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1999 A Luv Tale
2000 Dancing in September Robber
Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
Yo Alien Ray Goods
2005 Preaching to the Choir Desiree
Getting Played Woman in Restaurant
2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mamma

Television

Year Television Role Notes
1987–1989 Ryan's Hope Zena Brown 2 episodes
1989 The Cosby Show Delores Episode: "Theo's Women"
1989–1991 All My Children Sharla Valentine 2 episodes
1990 Law & Order Leona Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1992–1997 Martin Pamela 'Pam' James 124 episodes
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Carla Episode: "Soul Mate to Cellmate"
1999 Pacific Blue Episode: "Ghost Town"
The Norm Show Mrs. Murphy Episode: "Norm vs. the Boxer"
2001–2005 One on One Nicole Barnes 15 episodes
2002 Soul Food Adina Episode: "Past Imperfect"
2004 Listen Up Kiara Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Rochelle 88 episodes
2007 The Boondocks Nicole Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch"
voice
2009 Sherri Russell's Mamma Episode: "Pilot"
Brothers Cynthia Episodes: "Lenny", "Commercial/Coach DMV", "Christmas"
2010 Pair of Kings Aunt Nancy Episode: "Return of the Kings"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series Ryan's Hope Nominated
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime Nominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Martin Won
2006 BET Awards Best Actress Herself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
TV - Choice Actress: Comedy Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2007 Nominated
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2010 Nominated

References

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