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DiedDecember 25, 2016, Goring-on-Thames, United Kingdom
FactWas twice cast to play Eriq La Salle's girlfriend: first in Coming to America (1988), a role from which she resigned, and then in ER (1994), a role which she played for three seasons.


Michael Michele Wiki Biography

Michael Michele was born in Evansville, Indiana USA, on 30 August 1966, so under the zodiac sign of Virgo and holding American nationality – she is popular for her career of an actress, especially for her role in the “New Jack City” movie released in 1991.

Childhood and education

Michael was raised in Evansville alongside her older sister. Her mother is black, and works for the Bristol Myers pharmaceutical company, while her father is white and works as a furniture rental businessman. Michael was named after Michael Ann, who is her mother’s closest friend, and she is one of very few female celebrities with this name.

Michael grew up wanting to become an actress, as she was excited about watching all the movies and series which were being shown on TV. She was very friendly during her high school years, and had a couple of close friends with whom she went to parties and did all the usual teenage things, while she was also very sporting as she was part of the basketball team. Michael finished Howard Roosa Elementary School, then matriculated from Benjamin Boose High School, and subsequently focused on her acting career, rather than enrolling at college.

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Career of an actress

Michael’s career was launched soon after she matriculated, as she appeared in several music videos by Freddie Jackson and Eric Gable, while also occasionally winning some small roles in movies and TV series.

She rose to prominence after she turned against the popular actor Eddie Murphy, and sued him for $75 million after she was allegedly fired from the “Harlem Nights” movie because she didn’t want to go out with him. Murphy addressed the matter (as he had to because she was suing him) and explained that he did not want to work with her because she wasn’t right for the role, and stated that he did not touch her, as Michael claimed in her lawsuit. Murphy also brought up the fact that if he was really planning on sleeping with her, he would have done it before giving her the role. The lawsuit was settled out of court – the details haven’t been shared with the public.

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Michael became popular thanks to her role in the “New Jack City” movie shot in 1991. The movie was a major hit, and although it made Michael popular, it took her six years to land her next role, in “The 6th Man” comedy movie. In 1992, she appeared in the “Dangerous Curves” CBS crime drama series, and was part of it for two seasons. She won her first lead role in 1993 in the “Trade Winds” miniseries, and then began appearing in the “New York Undercover” Fox drama series.

In 1998, she won a role in “Homicide: Life on the Street”, which got her several award nominations, however, she didn’t manage to win any. She went on to have her longest role in the “ER” medical drama from 1999 to 2002, for which she was again nominated for awards, without success.

She starred alongside Will Smith in the “Ali” biographical movie shot in 2001, and then went on to appear in the “Dark Blue” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” movies shot in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, she appeared in “Kevin Hill” film, and in 2007 in a single episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and two episodes of “House”.

In 2011, Michael became part of the cast of the “Gossip Girl” CW teenage drama, she then appeared in single episodes of “The Following”, “Blue Bloods”, and “MacGyver” TV series in 2016, and is now acting in the “Dynasty” TV series as Dominique Deveraux.

Michael is also a fashion designer, and is juggling between this and her job of an actress.

Love life and relationships

Michael is very secretive when it comes to her love life, as she hasn’t shared much regarding her present and past boyfriends with the public, however, being a popular actress means one cannot completely avoid media curiosity.

Michael was dating Jimmy Rodriquez when she was 38 years old – Jimmy works as a restaurateur in New York, and is said to be very good at what he does. The two seemed to be getting along quite well until Michael gave birth to her son, Brandon on 21 December 2004 – although this hasn’t been confirmed, it is rumored that Jimmy did not want to be a father, and he therefore left Michael to raise their son on her own. It is not known whether or not he has been paying alimony, and if he was there during his son’s earliest years.

Michael Michele

Rumor has it that the popular actress is currently dating a man who is a popular actor as well – the two were seen by their fans while eating in some of the restaurants around New York City, however, their relationship hasn’t been confirmed by Michael.

Judging by her social media accounts and her secrecy, Michael currently appears to be single, hasn’t married, and has a son named Brandon.

Hobbies and other interests

Michael is very passionate about acting and about fashion, but in between her jobs she finds time for a few things she enjoys doing.

Michael is very fond of jazz music, and enjoys both listening to it and playing it on her guitar. She loved to travel while she was younger, and has been all around the US, and spent time travelling around Europe. She is a philanthropist and has donated quite an amount of money to charity, especially to those organizations working with underprivileged children as well as veteran organizations.

Michael loves all animals, and she was volunteering in an animal shelter when she was younger – she doesn’t volunteer anymore, but has a dog which she adopted from a shelter.

Appearance and net worth

Michael is currently 52 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, while her weight is not known.

According to authoritative sources, as of mid-2019 her net worth is estimated to be more than $2 million, and is steadily rising thanks to the numerous activities she is currently working on.

Fun fact

Michael was named one of the 50 sexiest stars of all time by “TV Guide” in 2005, while “Complex Magazine” named her one of the 50 hottest bi-racial women.

Social media presence

Michael Michele is very active on several popular social media networks, as maintaining a good image on the internet is quite important for her career of an actress.

She launched her Twitter account in October 2010, and has so far gathered more than 8,700 followers, and tweeted nearly 6,200 times. Her Instagram account is currently followed by more than 16,000 people, while she’s uploaded nearly 300 pictures onto it – Michael is also running a Facebook page, which currently counts more than 800 fans.

General Info

Full NameMichael Michele
DiedDecember 25, 2016, Goring-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthGary, Indiana, United States
Height1.74 m, 1.63 m
Weight84 kg
ProfessionSinger, Rapper, Can You Stand the Rain, If It Isn't Love, Candy Girl
EducationHoward Roosa Elementary School
NationalityAmerican

Family

ChildrenJ. Brandon Rodriguez, Anthony Corleone, Mary Corleone
ParentsTheresa Williams, Jerry Williams, Kirk Douglas, Diana Douglas

Accomplishments

AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Picture, AFI Life Achievement Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical ...
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstandin...
MoviesNew Jack City, The 6th Man, The Substitute 2: School's Out, Homicide: The Movie, Ali, Dark Blue, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Hunt for the BTK Killer, Relative Stranger, Company Town, Judy's Got a Gun, Where to Invade Next, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story...
TV ShowsER, Kevin Hill, Homicide: Life on the Street, New York Undercover, Central Park West, Dangerous Curves

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Facts

#Fact
1Gave birth to her first child at age 38, a son named Brandon on December 21, 2004. The child's father is New York restaurateur and her ex-boyfriend Jimmy Rodriguez.
2Was twice cast to play Eriq La Salle's girlfriend: first in Coming to America (1988), a role from which she resigned, and then in ER (1994), a role which she played for three seasons.
3One of the few female celebrities named Michael. She is named after her mother's best friend, a woman named Michael.
4Attended Howard Roosa Elementary School in Evansville, IN

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Following2015TV SeriesSheila
Delirium2014TV MovieElyse Hargrove
Gossip Girl2011TV SeriesJane
Eden2011TV SeriesTara Martin
Relative Stranger2009TV MovieCharlotte
Judy's Got a Gun2007TV MoviePamela Coates
House M.D.2007TV SeriesDr. Samira Terzi
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2007TV SeriesValerie Sennet
Company Town2006TV MovieBridget Wilson
The Hunt for the BTK Killer2005TV MovieDetective Baines
Kevin Hill2004-2005TV SeriesJessie Grey
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days2003Judy Spears
Dark Blue2002Beth Williamson
ER1999-2002TV SeriesCleo Finch
Ali2001Veronica Porche
Homicide: The Movie2000TV MovieDet. Rene Sheppard
Homicide: Life on the Street1998-1999TV SeriesRene Sheppard
Law & Order1999TV SeriesRene Sheppard
Creature1998TV Mini-SeriesTauna
The Substitute 2: School's Out1998TV MovieKara Lavelle
Players1998TV SeriesSylvie
Oddville, MTV1997TV Series
The Sixth Man1997R.C. St. John
C.P.W.1995-1996TV SeriesNikki Sheridan
New York Undercover1994-1995TV SeriesSandra
Dangerous Curves1992-1993TV SeriesHolly Williams
Trade Winds1993TV Mini-SeriesMaxine Phillips
New Jack City1991Selina
Private Times1991TV Movie
Def by Temptation1990Lady #6
1st & Ten: The Championship1988TV SeriesGillian

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2002-2004TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHerself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2003TV SeriesHerself
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
MADtv2001TV SeriesHerself
My VH1 Music Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Ali'2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV Special
Won't Anybody Listen2001DocumentaryHerself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000TV SeriesHerself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
2000 Essence Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999TV SeriesHerself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best Supporting ActressDark Blue (2002)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie VillainHow to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesHomicide: Life on the Street (1993)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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