Tatyana Ali


First Name: Tatyana
Last Name: Ali
Nationality: American
Full Name: Tatyana Marisol Ali
Date of Birth: 24 January 1979
Birthplace: North Bellmore, Long Island, New York
Height: 5'4 (163cm)
Eye Color: Brown - Light
Hair Color: Black
Star Sign: Aquarius

Occupation: Actress, Singer

Biography:
Tatyana Ali was born January 24, 1979 in New York City, NY to Afro-Latino and Trinidadian parents, Tatyana Marisol Ali got her first taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969- ). Already a gifted songbird by the age of four, Ali's vocal talents made her a born performer and scene stealer. Thanks to her Panamanian-born mother's influence, Ali grew up speaking both English and Spanish, remaining fluent in both into adulthood.

Ali made her first major debut on stage opposite James Earl Jones in the 1985 Broadway production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Fences." This soon led to Ali getting her first big break on television in an episode of "Star Search" (CBS, 1983-2004). Showing off her phenomenal vocal abilities, the seven-year-old Ali beat several challengers and took home the top prize and title of "Best Junior Vocalist."

Moving with her family to Los Angeles in 1990, Ali promptly found work playing bit parts in a string of popular sitcoms. It was
then that Ali discovered her second greatest passion - acting. Within a year, the burgeoning actress landed her breakthrough role and established her career as Will Smith's cousin, Ashley Banks, on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." An immediate smash hit in the ratings, "The Fresh Prince" would also eventually solidify Will Smith as a major movie star by the end of its six year run.

Keeping busy while filming her sitcom, Ali continued to pop up in guest roles on other popular shows including "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), "Living Single" (FOX, 1993-98), Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1989-1994), and the kids' mystery series, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (Nickelodeon, 1992-96). She also completed her first made-for-television movie during this time, entitled "Kidz In the Wood" (1996) (also known as "Mr. Foster's Field Trip").

Capitalizing on a good thing, the producers of "The Fresh Prince" made frequent use of Ali's other remarkable talent by having her sing in several episodes. In one of them, Ali's memorable rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" so impressed star Will Smith, that he immediately offered to produce Ali's first album if she ever wished to pursue a recording career. To Smith's delight, Ali held him to his word. In the final season of "The Fresh Prince," Ali made her musical debut with the release of her first album, Kiss The Sky. A glossy compilation of Brandyesque love ballads and soft R&B melodies, the album spawned the hit single "Daydreamin'," which peaked at #6 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the mid 1990's, Ali began dating fellow actor-turned-teen heartthrob, Jonathan Brandis. A former child star himself, Brandis had been one of the leads of the NBC sci-fi drama "seaQuest DSV" (NBC, 1993-1996). Though the young actor was emotionally troubled and less mature than Ali, their romantic relationship blossomed. In 2003, however, after more than five years together, the couple broke up. The split, while reportedly amicable, seemed all the more tragic when, later that year, Brandis unexpectedly committed suicide.

However unfortunate a chapter this may have been in her personal life, Ali's ambitions remained ever focused. Taking a brief sabbatical from acting to complete her education, Ali graduated in 2002 from prestigious Harvard University. Soon after earning her degree, Ali returned to Los Angeles to resume her career.

At the onset of the new millennium arrived, Ali's plate seemed fuller than ever. In 2006, Ali was cast in a major role in the
critically praised sports drama, "Glory Road," based on the true story of Texas Western coach Don Haskins and his
history-making 1966 NCAA basketball team.

Filmography:

  • 2012 The Misguided Adventures of Dating in Hollywood
  • 2012 The Precious One
  • 2011 The Butterfly Chasers
  • 2011 23rd Psalm: Redemption 
  • 2011 Dysfunctional Friends
  • 2007-2011 Schatten der Leidenschaft
  • 2010-2011 Love That Girl! 
  • 2009-2010 Buppies
  • 2010 Privileged
  • 2009 Mütter und Töchter
  • 2009 Locker 13 
  • 2008 Hotel California
  • 2008 Nora's Hair Salon II
  • 2007/II The List
  • 2006 A Warm Place
  • 2006 Spiel auf Sieg
  • 2005 Domino One
  • 2005 Back in the Day
  • 2004 Nora's Hair Salon
  • 2003 National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze
  • 2003 Half & Half 
  • 2002 Fastlane
  • 2001/I The Brothers
  • 2000/I Brother
  • 1999 The Clown at Midnight
  • 1999 Der zuckersüße Tod
  • 1998 All That
  • 1997 413 Hope St.
  • 1997 Denn zum Küssen sind sie da
  • 1997 Fakin' Da Funk
  • 1996 Von Rache besessen
  • 1996 Kidz in the Wild
  • 1990-1996 Der Prinz von Bel-Air
  • 1996 Living Single
  • 1995 Ein schrecklich nettes Haus
  • 1994 TV's Funniest Families
  • 1994 Grusel, Grauen, Gänsehaut
  • 1993 Getting By
  • 1985-1990 Sesamstraße
  • 1989 Die Bill Cosby Show
  • 1989 Hawk
  • 1989 Wally and the Valentines
  • 1988 Wow, You're a Cartoonist!
  • 1988 'Crocodile' Dundee II

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