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Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash

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Stacey Lauretta Dash (born January 20, 1967) is an American film and television actress, known for starring in the 1995 feature film Clueless and the television spinoff of the same name. She has also appeared in films such as Moving, Mo' Money, Renaissance Man and View from the Top, and her other TV work includes appearances in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Single Ladies and the reality television show Celebrity Circus. She has also appeared in music videos for Carl Thomas' "Emotional" and Kanye West's "All Falls Down".

Career

Dash made her first TV appearance in Farrell for the People starring Valerie Harper and a yet-unknown Ed O'Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode. Her first notable appearance was as 'Michelle' in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend" alongside Lisa Bonet, and in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[7] Dash's first substantial television role was in the 1988 television series TV 101, which also featured Matt LeBlanc and Sam Robards. The series was canceled after 13 episodes.

Dash's first major film role was in the Richard Pryor comedy Moving in 1988. She also had sizeable roles in Mo' Money and Renaissance Man during this time. In 1995, Dash starred as a femme fatale in a low budget film, Illegal in Blue. Dash received her big break with the 1995 film Clueless, which starred Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Dash played Cher's high school best friend Dionne Marie Davenport, even though Dash was twenty-eight at the time. In 1996 the film spawned a television spinoff, also called Clueless, in which Dash reprised her role as Dionne and Rachel Blanchard played Cher. The series ran from 1996–1999.

After the television series ended, she appeared in View from the Top (2003) and smaller budget films, including Gang of Roses (2003), and Getting Played (2005). She also has appeared in small guest roles on television shows such as Eve and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Dash played Vanessa Weir in the television series, The Strip, which was not successful and was canceled after several episodes.

In 2001, Dash was featured in a music video by Carl Thomas for the single "Emotional". In 2004, Dash was featured in a music video by Kanye West, label mate of her cousin Damon Dash for the single "All Falls Down." At age 40, Stacey Dash posed nude in the August 2006 issue of Playboy. Also in 2006, she was featured in singer Marques Houston's video, "Favorite Girl". In 2006, she launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.[8]

In 2007, she completed filming roles in I Could Never Be Your Woman, Nora's Hair Salon II, Fashion Victim, Ghost Image and American Primitive. For 2008 release, she filmed Phantom Punch and Secrets Of A Hollywood Nurse for television, and the feature film Close Quarters.

Dash performed in the 2008 reality television series, Celebrity Circus. Prior to the series premiere, Dash suffered a broken rib while training. Despite the injury, Dash performed on the trapeze bungee during the premiere and continued on to be a finalist. Dash finished second behind Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Dash made a guest appearance on the television series The Game in early 2009.

Dash starred in the first season VH1 original series Single Ladies, as Valerie "Val" Stokes, a woman who is a " 'good girl' looking for a good man".[9] She did not return for season 2.[10][11][12]

In 2012, Dash starred as Lisa, the female lead in the film Dysfunctional Friends, alongside Meagan Good, Tatyana Ali, Stacy Keibler and Terrell Owens. The film, which was written and directed by Corey Grant, garnered favorable reviews from Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com[13] and Michael Dequina of TheMovieReport.com,[14] but a negative review by John Anderson of Variety.[15][16]

Personal life

In 2010, she filed a restraining order against her now ex-husband Emmanuel Xuereb.[17][18]

On October 7, 2012 Dash posted an endorsement of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on her Twitter account. In response to this, other Twitter followers responded with criticism, racial epithets, and calls for her to commit suicide.[19][20][21]

Dash was later personally contacted by Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan through a phone call. During their conversation, Ryan thanked Dash for supporting the Romney-Ryan ticket, and told her she was "brave".[22][23]

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1987 Enemy Territory Toni Briggs
1988 Moving Casey Pear
1989 Tennessee Nights Minnie
1992 Mo' Money Amber Evans
1994 Renaissance Man Pvt. Miranda Myers
1995 Clueless Dionne Davenport Young Artist Award (nominated)
Illegal in Blue Kari Truitt
1997 Cold Around the Heart Bec Rosenberg
1997 Personals Leah
2001 The Painting Hallie Gilmore at 18 a.k.a. Soldiers of Change
2002 Paper Soldiers Tamika
2003 View from the Top Angela Samona
Gang of Roses Kim
Ride or Die Real Venus
2005 Lethal Eviction Amanda
Getting Played Emily
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Brianna Minx
Ghost Image Alicia
2008 Christmas Break Smokin' Woman Short film
Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Simone
Fashion Victim Cara Wheeler
American Primitive Joy Crowley
Phantom Punch Geraldine Liston
2009 Chrome Angels Lady
Close Quarters Kate
2010 House Arrest Chanel
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1982 Farrell for the People Denise Grey NBC TV film
1985 The Cosby Show Michelle Episode: "Denise's Friend"
1988 St. Elsewhere Penny Franks Episodes: "Their Town"
"The Naked Civil Surgeon"
"Requiem for a Heavyweight"
"Split Decision"
1988–1989 TV 101 Monique
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Michelle Michaels Episode: "When You Hit Upon a Star"
Harts of the West Episode: "Drive, He Said"
1996–1999 Clueless Dionne "Dee" Davenport Series regular
1998 Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular Episode: 1.9
1999–2000 The Strip Vanessa Weir Series regular
2001 Going to California Janie Episode: "A Pirate Looks at 15 to 20"
Men, Women & Dogs Meg Episode: "Pilot"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Amy Young Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2003 Eve Corryn Episode: "The Ex Factor"
2005 Duck Dodgers Paprika Solo Voice role
Episode: Diamond Boogie/Corporate Pigfall
2008 Secrets of a Hollywood Nurse Reporter TV film
American Dad! Janet Lewis Episode: "Escape from Pearl Bailey"
2009–2011 The Game Chamile Episode: "Truth and Consequences"
Episode: "Put a Ring On It"
Episode: "The Fall of the Roman"
Episode: "The Wedding Episode"
Episode: "The Right to Choose"
2011 Single Ladies Valerie "Val" Stokes Lead role (season 1)

 

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