Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

Fox in 2015
Born Vivica Anjanetta Fox
(1964-07-30) July 30, 1964
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Harvest (m. 1998–2002)

Vivica Anjanetta Fox (born July 30, 1964)[1] is an American actress, producer and television host. She began her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and Generations (198991), and later moved to prime time, with starring role opposite Patti LaBelle in the NBC sitcom, Out All Night (199293).

Fox' 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. She later 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 and produced Lifetime crime drama series, Missing, for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Fox also produced number of straight-to-video films. In 2016, Fox reprised her role as Jasmine Dubrow in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

Early life

Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator.[1] She has African American and Native American ancestry.[2][3] Her parents relocated to the Indianapolis, Indiana, area soon after her birth. Fox is a graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis, and Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California with an Associate Art degree in Social Sciences.[2]



Fox moved to California to attend Golden West College.[2] While in California 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),[4] 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 was groundbreaking in that it was the first soap opera to feature from its inception an African-American family.[5]

In 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 199495. 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.[6]


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.[7] Fox received MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Smith, and was nominated an Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.[8] 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.[9] In 1997, Fox starred in three movies: Booty Call, a Columbia Pictures' comedy opposite Jamie Foxx; the superhero film Batman & Robin;[10] and 20th Century Fox's critically acclaimed comedy-drama Soul Food.[11] The latter was a major box office success.[12] 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.[8]

Fox at The Heart Truth in 2009

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.[13] The following year, she appeared in stoner comedy horror Idle Hands, and Teaching Mrs. Tingle with Helen Mirren. More leading roles, Fox had 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,[14] 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.[15]

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,[16][17] 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.[18]


From 2004 to 2006, Fox starred as FBI special agent Nicole Scott and co-produced 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 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,[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

In 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. She worked in many smaller movies such as Shark City, Black November, 30 Days in Atlanta and Mercenaries the following years. 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.[22]

In 2015, she was cast as Cookie Lyon's sister for the second season of the Fox prime time soap opera, Empire.[21][23] In 2016, she reprised her Independence Day role in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence.[24] The film was released on June 24, 2016. In 2016 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.[25]

Personal life

In December 1998, Fox married singer Christopher "Sixx-Nine" Harvest. The couple divorced in 2002.[26] Fox later dated rapper 50 Cent in 2003.[27]

In November 2011, Fox and club promoter Omar "Slimm" White broke off their ten-month engagement.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Hooker - VA Hospital
1995 Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee Airmen Charlene Television film
1995 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Ashtray's Mother
1996 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
1996 Set It Off Francesca "Frankie" Sutton
1997 Booty Call Lysterine
1997 Batman & Robin Miss B. Haven
1997 Soul Food Maxine Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1997 Solomon Queen of Sheba Television film
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Elizabeth "Mickey" Waters
1999 Idle Hands Debi LeCure
1999 Saintly Switch, AA Saintly Switch Sara Anderson
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Miss Gold
2000 Hendrix Faye Pridgeon Television film
2001 Double Take Shari Uncredited cameo
2001 Kingdom Come Lucille Slocumb Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2001 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
2001 Little Secrets Pauline
2002 Juwanna Mann Michelle Langford Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2002 Boat Trip Felicia Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
2003 Ride or Die Lisa Producer
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Vernita Green/Jeanie Bell AKA Copperhead Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004 Ella Enchanted Lucinda Perriweather
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2 Vernita Green/Jeanie Bell AKA Copperhead
2004 Motives Constance Simms Producer
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Independent Film
2004 Blast Agent Reed
2005 Salon, TheThe Salon Jenny Smith Producer
2006 Getting Played Andrea Collins Producer
2006 The Hard Corps Tamara Barclay
2006 Citizen Duane Miss Houston
2007 Kickin' It Old Skool Roxanna Jackson
2007 Motives 2 Constance Simms
2007 Father of Lies Barbara Robinson
2007 Three Can Play That Game Shante Smith Producer
2007 Cover Zahara Milton
2008 San Saba Kate
2008 Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare Dotty Tortoise Voice
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Sgt. Louisa Morley
2009 Slammin' Salmon, TheThe Slammin' Salmon Nutella
2009 Hollywood & Wine Jackie Johnson
2009 There's a Stranger in my House Harmony's mother
2009 Shark City Veronica Wolf
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Violet Martin[29]
2010 Junkyard Dog Samantha Deatherage
2010 Miss Nobody Nan Wilder
2010 Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Janet
2010 The Land of the Astronauts Studio Executive
2010 Farewell Mr. Kringle Zoe Marsden Television film
2011 Black Gold Jackie
2011 Lord, All Men Can't Be Dogs Lisa
2011 A Holiday Heist Dean Erma
2011 Cheaper to Keep Her Morgan Mays
2011 Annie Claus is Coming to Town Lucy
2011 Searching for Angels Nurse Carter
2011 1 Out of 7 Devon
2012 Black November Angela
2012 In the Hive Billie
2012 Solid State Agent Fox
2013 Crosstown Gabrielle
2013 Caught on Tape Nadine
2013 The Pastor and Mrs. Jones Mrs. Jones
2013 Line of Duty Agent Montelongo
2013 Home Run Helene
2013 Queen City Lady Midnight
2013 It's Not You, It's Me Gina[30]
2013 Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Lotte Lavoie Voice
2013 The Power of Love PJ Payton
2013 So This Is Christmas Sharon
2013 A Christmas Wedding Sharon Douglas
2014 Whatever She Wants Vivian Wolf
2014 Looking for Mr. Right Della
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One Skye Television film
2014 Mercenaries Donna "Raven" Ravena
2014 30 Days in Atlanta Wilson's Wife
2014 Cool Cat Saves The Kids Herself
2015 Chocolate City Katherine McCoy
2015 Terms & Conditions The Target Cameo
2015 Blaq Gold Mayor Morgan Hardaway Television film
2015 6 Ways to Die Veronica Smith
2015 4Got10 Imani Cole
2015 Golden Shoes Mary
2015 Carter High Mrs. James
2015 A Royal Family Holiday Mona Levi Television film
2015 Royal Family Christmas Mona Levi Television film
2015 The Good, the Bad and the Dead Imani Cole
2016 Illicit Linda Steele
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Jasmine Dubrow
2016 True to the Game Shoog
2016 Gibby Director
2016 The Wrong Child Renee
2016 Chocolate City : Vegas Katherine McCoy
2017 Fat Camp Barb
2017 Crossbreed The President
2017 Kinky Dana
2017 The Sky Princess Moon Queen Voice
2017 Garlic & Gunpowder Mayor Brown
2017 I Do, I Do Movie announced with Whoopi Goldberg et Eric Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Days of Our Lives Carmen Silva Recurring role
1988 China Beach Toffee Candette Episodes: "Lost and Found" and "Lost and Found: Part 2"
1989 Who's the Boss? Emily Franklin Episode: "Living Dolls"
198991 Generations Maya Reubens Series regular
1991 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Janet Episode: "It Had to Be You"
1991 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"
199293 Out All Night Charisse Chamberlain Series regular, 125 episodes
199495 Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless Stephanie Simmons Series regular
1995 Martin Patrice Episode: "The Ex-Files"
1995 Watcher, TheThe Watcher Elizabeth Episode: "Second Chances"
1996 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"
1999 Hughleys, TheThe Hughleys Regina 3 episodes
2000 City of Angels Dr. Lillian Price Series regular, 13 episodes
2001 Proud Family, TheThe 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
2003 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Adelaide Tyler Episode: "Memphis"
2003 Tremors Delores Episode: "The Key"
2003 Parkers, TheThe Parkers Claire Episode: "Kimmie Has Two Moms"
2004 Alias Toni Cummings Episodes: "After Six" and "Legacy"
200406 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"
200709 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"
2008 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"
201013 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"
2011 The Protector Captain Lisa Novak Episode: "Ghosts"
2012 Raising Hope Sara Louise Episode: "Hogging All the Glory"
201213 Mr. Box Office Casandra Washington Series regular, 26 episodes
201516 Mann & Wife Michelle Recurring role
2015 Sofia the First Carol (voice) Episode: "Carol of the Arrow"
201516 Empire Candace 5 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Hitman: Absolution Lasandra Dixon[31]

Music video appearances


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