Kim Wayans

Kim N. Wayans (born October 16, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, producer, writer and director. Wayans is the sister of Keenen Ivory, Damon, Sr., Marlon, Shawn and Nadia Wayans. She is best known for her numerous roles on the Fox sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990–94), and Tonia Harris on In the House (1995–98). Wayans is also best known as the family matriarch of The Wayans Family.

Kim Wayans
Kim Wayans in 2012
Born
Kim N. Wayans

(1961-10-16) October 16, 1961
EducationWesleyan University
OccupationActress, comedian, producer, writer, director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Kevin Knotts
RelativesSee Wayans family

Early life

Wayans was born in New York City, the daughter of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager.[1][2][3] Her family was involved in the Jehovah's Witnesses religion.[4][5] She and her family lived in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.

Career

In film she appeared in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (both directed by her brother Keenen), and had a starring role in the art film Talking About Sex and later co starred in Juwanna Mann as Latisha Jansen. She starred with her siblings on the Fox variety show In Living Color and A Low Down Dirty Shame.

Her other television work includes regular appearances on the sitcom In the House with LL Cool J and a recurring role on A Different World. Recently, she has worked as a story editor on her brother Damon's sitcom My Wife and Kids. In 2008, she co wrote a series of children's books with her husband Kevin Knotts, entitled Amy Hodgepodge, about a multiracial girl adjusting to life in public school after years of homeschooling.

In December 2011, she got a chance to showcase her dramatic chops with a supporting role as a mother who struggles to understand her seventeen-year-old daughter in Pariah. She was nominated (alongside co star Pernell Walker) for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Black Reel Awards but lost to Octavia Spencer for The Help.

In Living Color

Characters

  • Benita Butrell
  • Cousin Elsee
  • Laquita (I Love Laquita)
  • Lil' Magic
  • Mrs. Brooks
  • Reesie (Cephus & Reesie)

Impressions

Filmography

YearTitleRole
1986CathyCharlene Andrews
1987–1988A Different World (television series)Allison Guisewite
1989Cathy's Last ResortCharlene Andrews
I'm Gonna Git You SuckaNightclub Singer
1990Dream OnNicki
1990–1993In Living Color (television series)Various
1991Robert Townsend and His Partners in CrimeVarious
1994Talking About SexAndie Norman
FlounderingUnemployment
A Low Down Dirty ShameDiane
1995–1998In the House (television series)Tonia Riley Harris
The Wayans Bros. (television series)Cousin Shelia
1996Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the HoodMrs. Johnson
1996–1997Waynehead (television series)Mom (voice)
1997Critics and Other Freaks Bettina
1998Getting Personal (television series)Rhonda
2002Juwanna MannLatisha Jansen
2006Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness (television)Momma/Joyce (voice)
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street (television)Momma (voice)
2007What News? (television)Pearl "Lightning" Davis
2009Dance FlickMs. Dontwannabebothered
2011PariahAudrey
2012Criminal Minds (television)Darlene Beckett
2013RecklessVi
2014New Girl (television)Susan
2016The Breaks (television)

References

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