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Vanessa Bell Calloway
Born Vanessa Bell
March 20, 1957 (1957-03-20) (age 52)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 1985 - present
Spouse(s) Dr. Anthony Calloway (1988 - present)
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Vanessa Bell Calloway (born March 20, 1957) is an American actress who has appeared in a number of films, including Biker Boyz, Love Don't Cost a Thing, What's Love Got to Do with It, Coming to America, and Cheaper by the Dozen.



Born Vanessa Bell in Cleveland, Ohio,[1] she received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University where she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Calloway also studied dance with Alvin Ailey, George Faison, and Otis Sallid. Calloway began her career as a dancer in Michael Bennett's original Broadway production of Dreamgirls.[2][3]

Calloway first began acting in the long-running soap opera All My Children in 1982. She has appeared in various guest roles in television including Falcon Crest, 1st & Ten, L.A. Law, Diagnosis Murder, The Closer, and All of Us. She made her film debut in the comedy Coming to America as Eddie Murphy's subservient bride-to-be.

Personal life

She has been married to anesthesiologist Dr. Anthony Calloway since 1988. The couple have two daughters, Ashley and Ally.[1] Ashley is one of the stars of the BET series Baldwin Hills.[4]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1985 All My Children Yvonne Caldwell TV
Days of our Lives Denise Preston TV, Unknown episodes
1986 The Colbys Lowell Sherman TV, 1 episode
Simon & Simon Julie TV, 1 episode
1987 227 Sherry TV, 1 episode
1988 Coming to America Imani Izzi
1989 In the Heat of the Night Audrey Moore TV, 1 episode
Polly Nancy Television movie
1990 China Beach Sweet Hula TV, 1 episode
1990-1991 A Different World Lily Connors/Danielle Vinson TV, 2 episodes
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Emily TV, 1 episode
1992 Bébé's Kids Jamika Voice
Stompin' at the Savoy Dorothy Television Movie
Dream On Jeanette TV, 2 episodes
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Jackie
The Sinbad Show Michelle Michaels TV, 2 episodes
1994 The Inkwell Francis Phillips Alternative title: No Ordinary Summer
1995 Touched by an Angel Debra Willis TV, 1 episode
1996 Daylight Grace Calloway
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Princess Katusha (Voice) TV, 1 episode
Sparks Monique TV, 1 episode
1998 Prey Grace TV, 2 episodes
Moesha Dr. Woods TV, 1 episode
miniseries Jonnie Mae Matthews TV movie
1999 Malcolm & Eddie Viva Jensen TV, 1 episode
2001 The Brothers Dr. Thelma Woolridge
Boston Public Mrs. Michelle Ronning TV, 3 episodes
The Division Dana TV, 1 episode
2002 Dawg Christine Hodges Alternative title: Bad Boy
One on One Michelle McCall TV, 1 episode
The Parkers Alaina TV, 1 episode
2003 Biker Boyz Anita
Love Don't Cost a Thing Vivian Johnson Alternative title: Love Don't Co$t a Thing
Cheaper by the Dozen Diana Philips
2003-2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Gina Barnes TV, 3 episodes
The District Gina Hendrix TV, 5 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Tonya Washington TV, 1 episode
Strong Medicine Melanie Rhodes TV, 1 episode
2005 Joan of Arcadia Corey Phillips TV, 1 episode
2006 The Closer Lynn Talmadge TV, 1 episode
All of Us Marvella James TV, 2 episodes
2007 Stompin'
2008 Killing of Wendy Wendy
2009 Aussie and Ted Mother Jones

Award nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1996 Nominated NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Under One Roof
1997 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series America's Dream
1998 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orleans
1999 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series The Temptations
2002 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Boston Public
2004 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The District


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