Played by Kimberly Elise
Garnering critical acclaim in features such as Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate and Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Elise’s soul-stirring roles continue to strike an emotional chord with audiences around the world.
Elise’s big screen debut was in the action-packed thriller Set it Off, alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Vivica Fox. Her memorable and praiseworthy performance in the now cult-classic film turned Elise into a star almost overnight, foreshadowing a long and prosperous career in Hollywood. Living up to the hype surrounding her introductory role, Elise followed up with a Best Supporting Actress Cable Ace Award for her work in the movie Ditchdigger’s Daughters. Her breakout role came in the film Beloved, with co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, cementing her place in the industry and earning her the respect of her peers and critics alike. Elise received several awards for her role in the film, including The Chicago Film Critics’ Most Promising Actress Award, the Best Supporting Actress Golden Satellite Award, as well as an NAACP Image Award nomination. In 2000, Elise stepped into lead roles in Bait with Jamie Foxx and Bojangles with Gregory Hines. By the time she appeared in John Q with co-star Denzel Washington, Elise had been singled out by many critics to be one of Hollywood's brightest young stars, and her strong character portrayal in the film only helped to strengthen that sentiment, yielding two additional NAACP Image Award nominations.
In 2004, Elise would again appear with Washington in the Jonathan Demme remake The Manchurian Candidate, followed by her leading role in the independent film Woman Thou Art Loosed, produced by filmmaker T.D. Jakes. Her compelling character role in the film brought about an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress and her fourth NAACP Image Award nod. Soon after, Elise rendered a powerhouse lead performance in Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The film opened at the top of the box office and went on to gross nearly $60 million. Her role in Diary garnered Elise the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film BET Comedy Award and the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award. Elise collected her second NAACP Best Actress Image Award for her depiction of prosecutor Maureen Scofield on Jerry Bruckheimer’s CBS television show, Close To Home. In 2007, Elise starred opposite Terrence Howard in the Lion’s Gate blockbuster Pride, as well as The Great Debaters with Forest Whitaker and Denzel Washington. Elise then went on to accept her third NAACP Image Award For Best Actress for her role in the TNT presentation of Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story with co-star Cuba Gooding Jr.
In 2010, Elise once again joined forces with Tyler Perry, starring in his film adaptation For Colored Girls alongside KerryWashington, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad. Her portrayal of an abused wife and mother facing a crushing loss allowed Elise to tap deep into emotional reserves, resulting in what many critics hailed a standout ground breaking performance, showing true versatility and dimension in her craft. Elise took home her fourth NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture, as well as a Best Supporting Actress win from the African American Film Critics Association.
In May of 2013, Elise made a return to the world of television as the star of VH1’s new scripted series Hit the Floor. She made a serious buzz in the industry as the series focused on the competitive and ruthless world of a professional basketball dance team.
Other films include Hellbent, Dope and A Meyers Christmas.