Stacey Dash

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Stacey Dash
Born Stacey Lauretta Dash
(1967-01-20) January 20, 1967 (age 47)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982present
Spouse(s) Brian Lovell (m. 19992005)
James Maby (m. 200506)
Emmanuel Xuereb (m. 200710)

Stacey Lauretta Dash (born January 20, 1967) is an American 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. Other television work by Dash includes appearances in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 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". On May 28, 2014, Fox News announced that Dash had been hired as a contributor for "cultural analysis and commentary." [1]

Early life[edit]

Stacey Dash was born in The Bronx, New York. She is an alumna of Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Her mother, Linda, was the general manager of DME Interactive Holdings.[2] Her father is a businessman.[3] She is part Barbadian, African American and Mexican.[4] Her brother is Darien Dash, the CEO of DME Interactive Holdings, and her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records.[5]

Career[edit]

Dash made her first television appearance in the NBC crime drama pilot Farrell: For the People starring Valerie Harper and Ed O'Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode.[6][7] 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.[8] 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 the low-budget film Illegal in Blue. Dash received her big break with the 1995 teen comedy film Clueless, which also starred Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Dash played Cher's high school best friend Dionne Marie Davenport, although Dash was twenty-eight at the time. In 1996, the film spawned a television spin-off of the same name, in which Dash reprised her role as Dionne and Rachel Blanchard played Cher. The series ran from 1996 to 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, labelmate of her cousin Damon Dash, for the single "All Falls Down". Dash posed nude in the August 2006 issue of Playboy. Also in 2006, she was featured in singer Marques Houston's video for "Favorite Girl". In 2006, she launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.[9]

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 appeared as a recurring character on the television series The Game in early 2009. In 2011, Dash starred in the first season of VH1's first scripted series, Single Ladies, playing Valerie "Val" Stokes, described as a "'good girl' looking for a good man".[10] On August 31, 2011, it was reported that she would leave the series in order to focus on her family.[11][12][13]

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 was written and directed by Corey Grant. It garnered favorable reviews from Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com[14] and Michael Dequina of TheMovieReport.com,[15] but a negative review by John Anderson of Variety.[16][17] In 2012, Dash was featured in Funny or Die and YouTube broadcast trailers and shorts for her web series Stacey Dash Is Normal.[18] The scripted series will launch in 2013.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Dash filed a divorce and restraining order against her now ex-husband Emmanuel Xuereb.[20][21] Dash claimed "Xuereb hit her on several occasions on her face, head and body throughout the marriage."[22] 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.[23][24][25] Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan personally telephoned her. During their conversation, Ryan thanked Dash for supporting the RomneyRyan ticket, and "told her she was brave".[26][27] Since the 2012 elections, Dash has made it a point of publicly expressing her conservative views. She criticized Jay-Z and Beyonc's trip to Cuba in April 2013. Dash asked her fans on Twitter if they "care that The Jay Zs have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?"[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Farrell: For the People Denise Grey Television film
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 Nominated Youth in Film Award for Best Young Supporting Actress: Feature Film
1995 Illegal in Blue Kari Truitt Direct-to-video
1997 Cold Around the Heart Bec Rosenberg
1997 Personals Leah
2001 Painting, TheThe Painting Hallie Gilmore at 18
2002 Paper Soldiers Tamika
2003 View from the Top Angela Samona
2003 Gang of Roses Kim
2003 Ride or Die Real Venus Direct-to-video
2005 Lethal Eviction Amanda
2005 Getting Played Emily Television film
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Brianna Minx
2007 Ghost Image Alicia
2008 Christmas Break Smokin' woman Short film
2008 Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Simone
2008 Fashion Victim Cara Wheeler
2008 Phantom Punch Geraldine Liston
2008 Secrets of a Hollywood Nurse Reporter Television film
2009 Wild About Harry Joy Crowley
2009 Chrome Angels Lady
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Lisa
2012 House Arrest Chanel
2014 Lap Dance Dr. Annie Jones
2014 Patient Killer Nancy Peck In post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Michelle Episode: "Denise's Friend"
1988 St. Elsewhere Penny Franks 4 episodes
19881989 TV 101 Monique Main cast; 13 episodes
1994 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Michelle Michaels Episode: "When You Hit Upon a Star"
1994 Harts of the West N/A Episode: "Drive, He Said"
19961999 Clueless Dionne "Dee" Davenport Main cast; 62 episodes
19992000 Strip, TheThe Strip Vanessa Weir Main cast; 10 episodes
2001 Going to California Janie Episode: "A Pirate Looks at 15 to 20"
2001 Men, Women & Dogs Meg Episode: "Pilot"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Amy Young Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2003 Eve Corryn Episode: "The Ex Factor"
2005 Duck Dodgers Paprika Solo Voice; episode: "Diamond Boogie/Corporate Pigfall"
2008 American Dad! Janet Lewis Voice; episode: "Escape from Pearl Bailey"
2009, 2011 Game, TheThe Game Camille Rose 5 episodes
2011 Single Ladies Valerie "Val" Stokes Main cast (season 1); 11 episodes
2013 Exes, TheThe Exes Dana Episode: "Trading Places"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cavaliere, Victoria (May 28, 2014). "Fox News Hires 'Clueless' Actress Stacey Dash as Contributor". Reuters. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dash, Darien(1972) - Entrepreneur, business executive, Becomes Technology Entrepreneur, Chronology, Serves Community and National Ventures, Awards and Service - JRank Articles". Encyclopedia.jrank.org. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  3. ^ Finn, Robin. "PUBLIC LIVES; Pulling for, and Pushing, an Urban Internet", The New York Times, February 17, 2000. Accessed July 3, 2011. "The appointment came 10 years after he returned home from school, a kid himself, to find his father, a methadone addict, dead of a heart attack on Boston Road in the Bronx."
  4. ^ "Stacey Dash- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Friedman, Roger (2002-05-16). "Jay-Zs Producer on a Roll". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  6. ^ Fraser, C. Gerald (October 17, 1982). "Television week". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2013). Encyclopedia of Television Pilots: 19372012. McFarland. pp. 9091. ISBN 978-0-7864-7445-5. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Stacey Dash: Full biography". hollywood.com. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Letters of Marque". Letters of Marque. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Cast Bios". VH1. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Stacey Dash Breaks Her Silence About "Single Ladies" (EXCLUSIVE)". Global Grind. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  12. ^ Jensen, Jeff (2011-08-31). "Stacey Dash exiting VH1's 'Single Ladies' | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  13. ^ "Breaking News: Stacey Dash Reveals To Global Grind That She Is Not Returning To Single Ladies". Blog.vh1.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  14. ^ Morales, Wilson (February 3, 2012). "Dysfunctional Friends". BlackFilm.com
  15. ^ Dequina, Michael (February 3, 2012). "The Movie Report Archive: February 2012". TheMovieReport.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  16. ^ Anderson, John (February 5, 2012). "Dysfunctional Friends". Variety.
  17. ^ "Dysfunctional Friends (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  18. ^ [1] The Huffington Post. 2 July 2012
  19. ^ [2] Quickies: Tamars Single, Ambers Miscarriage, Staceys Normal] Electronic Urban Report. 16 February 2013
  20. ^ Oliver, Kealan (2010-04-09). "Stacey Dash from "Clueless": My Husband Emmanuel Xuereb Beat Me, I Was Afraid to Tell Police". CBS News. 
  21. ^ "Los Angeles Superior Court Temporary Restraining Order". TMZ. 
  22. ^ Matthews, Laura (October 1, 2011). "Single Ladies Stacey Dash Divorces Actor Emmanuel Xuereb [Restraining Order]". International Business Times. 
  23. ^ Hollie McKay (October 8, 2012). "Actress Stacey Dash hit with racially-charged attacks after endorsing Romney". FoxNews.com. 
  24. ^ Dennis Romero (October 8, 2012). "Stacey Dash's Romney Endorsement Spawns Twitter Backlash, GOP Support". LA Weekly. 
  25. ^ Chenda Ngak (2012-10-10). ""Clueless" actress Stacey Dash target of Twitter backlash after endorsing". CBS. 
  26. ^ Leslie Larson; Meghan Keneally (2012-10-10). "'I chose Romney not by color of his skin but by the content of his character': Clueless star Stacey Dash hits back at her race-hate Twitter critics". Daily Mail. 
  27. ^ Ann Oldenburg (2012-10-10). "Stacey Dash 'shocked' by 'fury' over her Romney support". USA Today. 
  28. ^ Rahim Ali (2013-11-04). "Stacey Dash Blasts Jay-Z and Beyonc for Cuba Trip". BET. 

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