Vivica A. Fox

Vivica Anjanetta Fox (born July 30, 1964)[1] is an American actress, producer and television host. Fox began her career on Soul Train in (1983–1984). Then she eventually continued her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and Generations (1989–1991), subsequently shifting to the prime-time slot starring opposite Patti LaBelle, in the NBC sitcom Out All Night (1992–1993). Fox's breakthrough came in 1996, with roles in two box-office hit films, Roland Emmerich's Independence Day and F. Gary Gray's Set It Off.

Vivica A. Fox
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Fox at the New York Comic Con in October 2017
Born
Vivica Anjanetta Fox

(1964-07-30) July 30, 1964 (age 56)
OccupationActress, producer, host
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
Christopher Harvest
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
Websitevivicafox.com

Fox subsequently has starred in films Booty Call (1997), Soul Food (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Kingdom Come (2001), Two Can Play That Game (2001), and Boat Trip (2002). Fox played Vernita Green in Kill Bill, and played supporting parts in films like Ella Enchanted (2004). Fox had the leading roles in the short-lived Fox sitcom Getting Personal (1998), and CBS medical drama City of Angels (2000). From 2003 to 2006, she co-starred in and produced the Lifetime crime drama series, Missing, for which she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Fox has also produced a number of straight-to-video films.

Early lifeEdit

Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator.[1] She is African-American. Her parents relocated to the Benton Harbor, Michigan, area soon after her birth. Fox is a 1982[2][3][4] graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis and subsequently graduated from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, with an AA degree in Social Sciences.[5]

CareerEdit

1982–1995Edit

In 1982, Fox relocated to California in order to attend Golden West College.[5] While in California, she was a dancer on Soul Train from 1983 to 1984, and also appeared in the music video for R&B group, Klymaxx's hit single, Meeting in the Ladies Room. Afterwards, she started acting professionally, first on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1988 playing Carmen Silva. After making her debut as a hooker in Oliver Stone's war drama film Born on the Fourth of July (1989),[6] she was cast as Emily Franklin in the pilot episode of ABC comedy series, Living Dolls, a spin-off of the sitcom Who's the Boss? but was replaced with Halle Berry for the remaining episodes. Later that year, Fox was cast as Maya Reubens, the leading character in the NBC daytime soap opera Generations. The series broke new ground as the first soap opera to feature from its inception an African-American family.[7]

In the early 1990s, Fox began appearing in prime time television, playing guest-starring roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, 90210, Family Matters, Matlock and Martin. In 1992, she was cast as Patti LaBelle's fashion-designer daughter, Charisse Chamberlain, on the NBC sitcom Out All Night. In addition to her role, she returned to soap operas with role of Dr. Stephanie Simmons on CBS' The Young and the Restless during 1994–95. In 1995, she had a cameo role in the comedy film Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.[8]

1996–2004Edit

 
Fox in 1998

In 1996, Fox played Will Smith's character's girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow, in the epic science fiction disaster blockbuster Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich. The film grossed over $800 million worldwide.[9] Fox received an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Smith, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.[citation needed] Later that year, she played Francesca "Frankie" Sutton in the crime action film Set It Off opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Set It Off became a critical and box office success, grossing over $41 million against a budget of $9 million.[10] In 1997, Fox starred in three movies: Booty Call, a Columbia Pictures comedy opposite Jamie Foxx; the superhero film Batman & Robin;[11] and 20th Century Fox's critically acclaimed comedy-drama Soul Food.[12] The latter was a major box office success.[13] For her role, Fox received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture nomination, and MTV Movie Award for Best Performance.[citation needed]

In 1998, Fox starred alongside Halle Berry, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate in the romantic drama film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, playing one of the three wives of singer Frankie Lymon.[14] The following year, she appeared in stoner comedy horror Idle Hands, and Teaching Mrs. Tingle with Helen Mirren. Fox had additional leading roles on television. She also takes a leave of absence on Out All Night to starred opposite Arsenio Hall in the short-lived ABC sitcom Arsenio in 1997,[15] and returned to Out All Night after her show was canceled. After she left the cast shortly after Out All Night ended its run in 1998, she was lead actress in the short-lived Fox sitcom Getting Personal in 1998. She played Queen of Sheba in the British television film Solomon in 1997. In 2000, she starred alongside Blair Underwood in the short-lived CBS medical drama, City of Angels.[16]

In 2001, Fox had starring roles in three films. First was Kingdom Come, a comedy-drama starring LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith and Whoopi Goldberg. She played the lead in the romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game,[17][18] and had supporting role in the independent comedy-drama Little Secrets. In 2002, she starred alongside Miguel A. Núñez Jr. in Juwanna Mann, and with Cuba Gooding Jr. in Boat Trip. In 2003, Quentin Tarantino cast her as Vernita Green in his two-part martial arts film Kill Bill.[19]

2005–presentEdit

From 2004 to 2006, Fox co-produced and starred as FBI special agent Nicole Scott in the Lifetime television crime drama series Missing. She received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in 2006. Also in the 2000s, she produced (and played the leading roles) several films, include Motives, The Salon, Getting Played and Three Can Play That Game. From 2007 to 2009, she had the recurring role in the HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm as a mother of a family displaced by a hurricane and taken in by Larry and Cheryl.

Fox was a judge on The WB's talent show The Starlet. Fox participated in the third season of ABC's hit television show, Dancing with the Stars,[20] she was voted off after the fourth week. In 2009, Fox served as celebrity spokesperson for the newly revamped Psychic Friends Network. After receiving backlash for her involvement with the network, Fox denied any involvement with the company, despite having filmed a commercial and promo video which had already gone to air.[21] Fox also hosted her own VH1 reality series Glam God with Vivica A. Fox (2008), TV Land's The Cougar (2009), and Lifetime's Prank My Mom (2012). She was contestant on The Apprentice in 2015.[22]

 
Fox at The Heart Truth in 2009

In the late 2000s and 2010s, Fox had supporting roles in poorly received by critics movies such as The Hard Corps (2006) alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) starring Jamie Kennedy, and Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008) with Jessica Simpson. On television, Fox had guest star roles on Law & Order, Drop Dead Diva, Melissa & Joey and Raising Hope. As regular, she starred in the syndicated sitcom Mr. Box Office alongside Bill Bellamy and Jon Lovitz.[23]

In 2012, she acted in the Nigerian action drama film Black November, starring Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Akon and Wyclef Jean.[24][25]

In 2013, she took part in the Christian sports drama film Home Run.[26] The film had a limited release on April 19, 2013 in the United States and has grossed over $2.8 million.[27] On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film received 45% positive reviews from 11 critics.[28] She also gave her voice to the direct-to-DVD animated movie Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright.[29][30][31] On October 1, 2013, she was a supporting role in the christmas movie So This Christmas, alongside Eric Roberts.[citation needed]

In 2014, she participated in the acclaimed and parodic TV movie Sharknado 2: The Second One.[32] Later, the same year, she was one of main actress of the action film starring Mercenaries, alongside Kristanna Loken, Brigitte Nielsen, Cynthia Rothrock, Zoë Bell, and Nicole Bilderback.[33]

In 2015, she was cast as Cookie Lyon's sister for the second season of the Fox prime time soap opera, Empire.[22][34] She was recurring cast member as of the second season and was promoted to series regular for its six and final season.[35] In parallel, she was acted in the comedy-drama film Chocolate City, alongside Robert Ri'chard, Michael Jai White, Carmen Electra.[36] In the United States, the film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on May 22, 2015. Freestyle Releasing handled the theatrical release with Paramount Home Entertainment handling the video on demand and home media release of the film. The film also debuted on BET on June 10, 2015.[37][38] She also took part in the crime action thriller The Good, the Bad, and the Dead, starring Johnny Messner, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo and Michael Paré.[39] She was present in the thriller movie True to the Game, based on Teri Woods' novel of the same name.[40]

 
Fox speaking at the 2017 Arizona Ultimate Women's Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona

In 2016, she reprised her Independence Day role in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence.[41] The film was released on June 24, 2016. That same year, it was announced that she would portray the president of the United States in the science fiction film "Crossbreed", making her the first African-American woman to portray the role in a feature film.[42] At the same time, she was cast in the television film The Wrong Roommate.[43][44][45]

On January 4, 2017, Lifetime launched the premiere of Vivica's new venture "Vivica's Black Magic" which was an exotic male review. At the same time, she had a supporting role in the movie Chocolate City: Vegas Strip guest-starring Robert Ri'chard, Michael Jai White, Mekhi Phifer, Ginuwine and Melanie Brown.[46] The movie is available since August 12, 2017 on Netflix.[47][48][49] Fox appeared as Cheer Goddess in the film Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack.[citation needed] She also starred in the tv biopic Bobbi Kristina, based on the life of the Whitney Houston daughter's Bobbi Kristina.[50][51] Furthermore, she was acted in the independent drama film Jason's Letter.[52][53] The film made its premiere on June 11, 2017 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover.[54][55]

Vivica's Every Day I'm Hustling (St. Martin's Press, 2018) is a "part memoir, part inspirational" book that focuses on her career and relationships.[56] The same year, she appeared in the famous tv movie The Last Sharknado: It's About Time.[57] She appeared in the movie erotic romantic thriller Kinky.[58] The film was released in the United States on October 12, 2018,[59] by Patriot Pictures.[60] She also starred in two Christmas movies, Christmas with a View, starring Patrick Duffy and A Wedding for Christmas.[citation needed]

In 2019, she starred in several David DeCoteau TV movies, including The Wrong Stepmother, The Wrong Boy Next Door, The Wrong Mommy, The Wrong Tutor and The Wrong Cheerleader. She appeared as Dr. Angela Foster in the TV series The Bay. She was starred in the drama movie Fire And Rain. She was played in two christmas tv movie 2nd Chance for Christmas and Christmas Matchmakers starring Dorian Gregory.[citation needed]

In 2020, she starred in the movie Arkansas, alongside Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich and Vince Vaughn.[61] On 20, March, 2020, she starred in the movie Hooking Up. She starred in the movie True To The Game 2, starring Tamar Braxton. The movie will be releasing the 10 april 2020. and will star in the upcoming movie Rev.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

In December 1998, Fox married singer Christopher "Sixx-Nine" Harvest. The couple divorced in 2002.[62] Fox later dated rapper 50 Cent in 2003.[63] In November 2011, Fox and club promoter Omar "Slim" White broke off their ten-month engagement.[64] Fox has stated that she regrets that she did not have children, and that it is her biggest regret in life.[65]

On September 20, 2020, Fox backed out of co-hosting E!'s Live From the Red Carpet virtual pre-show for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, because she tested positive for COVID-19.[66]

Fox is a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority; she was inducted as an honorary member in November 2020. [67]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Hooker – VA Hospital
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen Charlene Television film
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Ashtray's Mother
Independence Day Jasmine Dubrow MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Will Smith
Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Genre Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Set It Off Francesca "Frankie" Sutton
1997 Booty Call Lysterine
Batman & Robin Miss B. Haven
Soul Food Maxine Chadway Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Solomon Queen of Sheba Television film
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Elizabeth "Mickey" Waters
1999 Idle Hands Debi LeCure
A Saintly Switch Sara Anderson
Teaching Mrs. Tingle Miss Gold
2000 Hendrix Faye Pridgeon Television film
2001 Double Take Shari Uncredited cameo
Kingdom Come Lucille Slocumb Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Two Can Play That Game Shante Smith Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Little Secrets Pauline
2002 Juwanna Mann Michelle Langford Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Boat Trip Felicia Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
2003 Ride or Die Lisa Producer
Kill Bill: Volume 1 Vernita Green / Jeanie Bell / Copperhead Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Future Monique Television film
2004 Ella Enchanted Lucinda Perriweather
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Vernita Green / Jeanie Bell / Copperhead
Motives Constance Simms Producer
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Independent Film
Blast Agent Reed
2005 The Salon Jenny Smith Producer
2006 Getting Played Andrea Collins
The Hard Corps Tamara Barclay
Citizen Duane Miss Houston
2007 Kickin' It Old Skool Roxanna Jackson
Motives 2 Constance Simms Direct to video
Father of Lies Barbara Robinson
Three Can Play That Game Shante Smith Producer
Cover Zahara Milton
2008 San Saba Kate
Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare Dotty Tortoise Voice
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Sgt. Louisa Morley
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Nutella
Hollywood & Wine Jackie Johnson
There's a Stranger in my House Harmony's mother
Shark City Veronica Wolf
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Violet Martin[68]
Junkyard Dog Samantha Deatherage
Miss Nobody Nan Wilder
Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Janet
The Land of the Astronauts Studio Executive
Farewell Mr. Kringle Zoe Marsden Television film
2011 Black Gold Jackie
Lord, All Men Can't Be Dogs Lisa
A Holiday Heist Dean Erma
Cheaper to Keep Her Morgan Mays
Annie Claus is Coming to Town Lucy
Searching for Angels Nurse Carter
1 Out of 7 Devon
2012 Black November Angela
In the Hive Billie
Solid State Agent Fox
Cool Cat Stops Bullying Herself
2013 Crosstown Gabrielle
Caught on Tape Nadine
The Pastor and Mrs. Jones Mrs. Jones
Line of Duty Agent Montelongo
Home Run Helene
Queen City Lady Midnight
It's Not You, It's Me Gina[69]
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Lotte Lavoie Voice
The Power of Love PJ Payton
So This Is Christmas Sharon
A Christmas Wedding Sharon Douglas
2014 Whatever She Wants Vivian Wolf
Looking for Mr. Right Della
Sharknado 2: The Second One Skye Television film
Mercenaries Donna "Raven" Ravena
30 Days in Atlanta Wilson's Wife
2015 Chocolate City Katherine McCoy
Assassin's Game The Target
Blaq Gold Mayor Morgan Hardaway Television film
6 Ways to Die Veronica Smith
4Got10 Imani Cole
Golden Shoes Mary
Carter High Mrs. James
A Royal Family Holiday Mona Levi Television film
Royal Family Christmas
The Good, the Bad and the Dead Imani Cole
Cool Cat Saves the Kids Herself
2016 The Stepson – Evil in the House Renee Chamberlain
True to the Game Shoog
The Wrong Roommate Detective Valdez Television film, also producer
Gibby Director
Independence Day: Resurgence Jasmine Dubrow CinemaCon Award for Best Ensemble
The Wrong Child Renee
Summer in the City Alyssa Television film
A Husband for Christmas Brooke Harris
2017 Jason's Letter Sammi Brooks
The Wrong Student Gibson Television film, also producer
Illicit Linda Steele
Chocolate City: Vegas Strip Katherine McCoy
Fat Camp Barb
Bobbi Kristina Pat Houston Television film
Crossbreed The President
Kinky Marshalla
The Sky Princess Moon Queen Voice
Garlic & Gunpowder Mayor Brown
Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack Cheer Goddess Direct to video
Lust For Murder Gibson Television film
A Christmas Cruise Pam
2018 Cool Cat Kids Superhero Herself
The Wrong Cruise Claire Tanner Television film, also producer
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Skye Television film[70]
Mr. Malevolent Chris
The Wrong Friend Principal Atkins Also producer
Christmas with a View Lydia Television film, also producer
A Wedding for Christmas Ms. Reynolds Television film, also producer
The Wrong Teacher Ms. Burns Television film, also producer
2019 Crossbreed President Ellen Henricksen
The Wrong Stepmother Ms. Price Television film, also producer
The Wrong Boy Next Door Detective Watkins Television film, also producer
The Wrong Mommy Samantha Television film, also producer
The Wrong Tutor Carol 2019 Television film, also producer
The Wrong Cheerleader Coach Flynn Television film, also producer
Christmas Matchmakers Kate Television film
Fire and Rain Casey
2020 The Wrong Housesitter Debbie Television film, also producer
True To The Game 2 Shoog
Arkansas Her
Rev Detective Reid
Humble Pie Christine Robinson
A Beautiful Distraction Claire
Hooking Up Cindy Brighton
2021 Aquarium of the Dead Clu
True to the Game 3 Shoog

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Days of Our Lives Carmen Silva Recurring role
China Beach Toffee Candette Episodes: "Lost and Found" and "Lost and Found: Part 2"
1989 Who's the Boss? Emily Franklin Episode: "Living Dolls"
1989–1991 Generations Maya Reubens Series regular
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Janet Episode: "It Had to Be You"
Beverly Hills, 90210 Sherice Ashe Episode: "Ashes to Ashes"
1992 Family Matters Halawna Episode: "Jailhouse Blues"
1993 Matlock Celebrity Patient at Clinic Episode: "The Obsession"
1992–1993 Out All Night Charisse Chamberlain Series regular, 20 episodes
1994–1995 The Young and the Restless Stephanie Simmons Series regular
1995 Martin Patrice Episode: "The Ex-Files"
The Watcher Elizabeth Episode: "Second Chances"
1996 Soul Train Herself Guest host, two episodes
Living Single Tina Episode: "Do You Take This Man's Wallet?"
1997 Arsenio Vicki Atwood Series regular, 7 episodes
1998 Getting Personal Robyn Buckley Series regular, 18 episodes
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
1999 Cosby Anita Episode: "War Stories"
The Hughleys Regina 3 episodes
2000 City of Angels Dr. Lillian Price Series regular, 13 episodes
2001 The Proud Family Margaret (Voice) Episode: "Seven Days of Kwanzaa"
2002 My Wife and Kids Kelly Kyle Episode: "Sister Story"
2003 Ozzy & Drix Ellen Patella (Voice) 6 episodes
The Twilight Zone Adelaide Tyler Episode: "Memphis"
Tremors Delores Episode: "The Key"
The Parkers Claire Episode: "Kimmie Has Two Moms"
2004 Alias Toni Cummings Episodes: "After Six" and "Legacy"
2004–2006 1-800-Missing FBI Agent Nicole Scott Series regular, 37 episodes, also co-executive producer
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
2005 Loonatics Unleashed Black Velvet (Voice) Episode: "The Cloak of Black Velvet"
2006 All of Us Beverly Hunter Episodes: "Surprise, Surprise: Part 1" and "Surprise, Surprise: Part 2"
2007–2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Loretta Black 11 episodes
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2008)
2008 Law & Order Kate Tenny Episode: "Sweetie"
Glam God with Vivica A. Fox Host Executive producer
2009 'da Kink In My Hair Karen Episode: "Oil's Well That Ends Well"
2010 True Jackson, VP True's Mom Episode: "Pajama Party"
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Angel Dynamite/Cassidy Williams Voice, 20 episodes
2010 Drop Dead Diva Maria Ellis Episode: "The Long Road to Napa"
2011 Melissa & Joey Tasha Episode: "Toledo's Next Top Model"
The Protector Captain Lisa Novak Episode: "Ghosts"
2011 Miss Universe 2011 Judge Miss Universe 2011
2012 Raising Hope Sara Louise Episode: "Hogging All the Glory"
Prank My Mom Host 15 episodes
2012–2015 Mr. Box Office Casandra Washington Series regular, 36 episodes
2013 The Eric André Show Herself Episode: "Jodie Sweetin; Vivica A. Fox"
2015–2016 Mann & Wife Michelle Recurring role
2015 Sofia the First Carol (voice) Episode: "Carol of the Arrow"
2015–2020 Empire Candace Mason Recurring (seasons 2–5), series regular (season 6)
2018–2019 The Bay Dr. Angela Foster 4 episodes
2018 Face the Truth Herself Talk Show Host/Moderator
2019 To Tell the Truth Panelist
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Hitman: Absolution Lasandra Dixon[71]

Music video appearancesEdit

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