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Troy Byer
Born Troy Yvette Byer
November 7, 1964 (1964-11-07) (age 45)
New York, New York
Years active 1984—
Spouse(s) Mark Burg (divorced)

Troy Beyer (born November 7, 1964) is an American film director, screenwriter and actress.

Born in New York City to an African American mother and a Caucasian Jewish father,[1] Beyer began her acting career with a role on the children’s program Sesame Street when she was just four years old. She studied acting and psychobiology at City University of New York's School for the Arts. After landing a bit part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), Beyer moved to Los Angeles, where she became a regular on the ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty in 1986, playing Jackie Deveraux, the daughter of Diahann Carroll's character Dominique Deveraux. She went on to earn ShoWest's Newcomer of the Year Award for her leading role in the feature Rooftops (1989).

Since then, Beyer has acted in features such as Disorderlies (1987), Weekend at Bernie's II (1993), Eddie (1996) starring Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Altman’s The Gingerbread Man (1998) starring Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey Jr., and John Q (2002) starring Denzel Washington.

But it was in 1997 that she put her writing skills to use, making her screenwriting debut with B*A*P*S, starring Halle Berry. Unhappy with how her script had been changed during the course of filming, the following year she decided to direct her next screenplay, Let's Talk About Sex (1998), also playing a starring role. Beyer made a trailer and took it to the Sundance Film Festival, where she handed it out to film executives. The film was quickly picked up by Fine Line Features. She next wrote and directed Love Don’t Co$t a Thing (2003) for Warner Brothers, based on the hit 1987 movie Can’t Buy Me Love.[2]

Beyer appeared in the video for Prince's song "Sexy MF".

She was married to producer Mark Burg and they have a son.

Beyer, who now goes by her birth name, Troy Byer, is a motivational speaker and self-help author who has written a book entitled Ex-Free: 9 Keys to Freedom After Heartbreak. She is a regular guest on The Steve Harvey Morning Show. [3]


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