Vanessa Bell Calloway

Vanessa Bell Calloway

  • Birthday: 1957-03-20
  • Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Also know as: Vanessa Bell

Biography

Vanessa Bell Calloway is an American actress and dancer. She is known for her film roles as Princess Imani Izzi in the 1988 comedy Coming to America, as well as for her roles in What's Love Got to Do with It, The Inkwell, Crimson Tide, and Daylight. She is a nine-time NAACP Image Award nominee. She began her acting career in the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children in 1985. After moving to Los Angeles in 1986, she began appearing in episodes of prime time shows such as The Colbys, Falcon Crest, 227, China Beach, A Different World, and L.A. Law. She made her film debut on Number One with a Bullet (1987), before supporting role of Eddie Murphy's character's arranged wife in the 1988 comedy Coming to America. In 1990, she co-starred alongside Joe Morton in the ABC drama series, Equal Justice. During the 1990s, she had a number of supporting roles in films, including What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) opposite Angela Bassett, The Inkwell (1994), and Crimson Tide (1995) as Denzel Washington's character wife. She also voiced main role in the 1992 animated comedy, Bébé's Kids. She had a number of leading and supporting roles in made for television movies. In 1995, she co-starred opposite James Earl Jones and Joe Morton in the short-lived CBS prime time soap opera, Under One Roof, the first drama series that featured African-American lead characters. For her role on the series, Calloway was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She had leading roles on the short-lived NBC sitcom Rhythm & Blues (1992–93), and starred alongside Larry Hagman as his girlfriend in the CBS drama Orleans (1997). In the 2000s, she had recurring roles on Boston Public and The District. She co-starred in films including The Brothers, All About You, Dawg, Biker Boyz, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Cheaper by the Dozen. She has guest starred on The Division, Strong Medicine, The Closer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dexter, Rizzoli & Isles, Castle, and Grey's Anatomy. From 2010 to 2011, she had the recurring role in the TNT medical drama, Hawthorne. In 2011, she began appearing in the Showtime comedy-drama, Shameless. In 2016, she was cast as lead character in the Bounce TV first prime time soap opera, Saints & Sinners. Also in 2016, she co-starred as president Obama's future mother-in-law, Marian Shields Robinson, and in the comedy-drama film Southside with You. In 2018, she appeared in the Christian drama film Unbroken: Path to Redemption and the crime thriller Dragged Across Concrete. In 2019, she played abolitionist Harriet Tubman's mother in the biographical drama film Harriet. She reprised her role as Imani Izzi in the 2021 sequel Coming 2 America.

Filmography

The Red Sneakers

2002

As Berniece

Between Sisters

2013

As Lillian

A Private Affair

2000

As Nikka

Baby

2021

As Jackie

Holla 2

2013

As Marion

Stompin'

2007

As Mrs. Jackson

Black Girl, Erupted

2023

As Dr. Rebecca Francis

Bebe's Kids

1992

As Jamika (voice)

The Obama Effect

2012

As Molly Thomas

Her Only Choice

2018

As Dr. Bailey

A Holiday Chance

2021

As Sheryl

Starkeisha

2022

As The Voice

Good Hair

2009

As Herself

Love Song

2000

As Evie Livingston

The Bounce Back

2016

As Ellen

The Divorce

2014

As Eva

Polly

1989

As Nancy

The Inkwell

1994

As Francis Phillips

Polly: Comin' Home!

1990

As Nancy Dodds

The Preacher's Son

2017

As Elena

Love, Once and Always

2018

As Isabel

Why Colors?

1992

As

Throwback Holiday

2018

As Mildred Anderson

Harriet

2019

As Rit Ross

Stompin' at the Savoy

1992

As Dorothy

The Devil You Know

2022

As Della Cowans

Memphis

1992

As Martha Kinship

Love Don't Co$t a Thing

2003

As Vivian Johnson

The Return of Desperado

1988

As Molly Pickett

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

2018

As Lila Burkholder

Message From a Mistress

2017

As Heather

A Beautiful Soul

2012

As Guardian Angel

Under the Boardwalk

2023

As Val (voice)

The Cherokee Kid

1996

As Abby Holsopple

Mosquito

2022

As Eve

Biker Boyz

2003

As Anita

The Undershepherd

2012

As Deaconess Carter

Daylight

1996

As Grace Calloway

The Brothers

2001

As Dr. Thelma Woolridge

Coming 2 America

2021

As Imani Izzi

Death Spa

1988

As Marci Hewitt

Dragged Across Concrete

2018

As Jennifer Johns

America's Dream

1996

As Miss Williams (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")

Coming to America

1988

As Imani Izzi

Thriller

2018

As Mrs. Jackson

The Temptations

1998

As Johnnie Mae Matthews

Lakeview Terrace

2008

As Aunt Dorrie

American Skin

2019

As Bernice

Cheaper by the Dozen

2003

As Diana Philips

Crimson Tide

1995

As Julia Hunter

Production

Someday At Christmas

2021

As Director

Black Girl, Erupted

2023

As Director

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