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Jada Pinkett Smith

actress, video director, clothing designer
Born: 9/18/1971
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Jada Pinkett Smith dropped out of the North Carolina School of Arts after just one year and headed to Hollywood. The plan paid off. Once there she made the right contacts and landed her first major role on the Cosby Show spin-off: A Different World (1991–93). It wasn't until she played opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1995) that Pinkett-Smith gained widespread recognition, however, which was enhanced with her marriage to Will Smith. Pinkett-Smith's other films include, Woo (1998), Force Majeure (1998), Bamboozled (2000), and 2003's The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Kids know her as the voice of Gloria the hippo in Madagascar (2005). She's also the lead singer of the rock band Wicked Wisdom.

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  • Kingdom Come - Kingdom Come Director: Doug McHenry Writers: David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones Fox; PG; 92 ...
  • Madagascar - Starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Reign Over Me - Starring Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows
  • Ali (2001) - Starring Will Smith, Mario Van Peebles, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mykelti Williamson
  • The Matrix Reloaded - Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Hugo Weaving