Tatyana Ali Biography

Birthday: 1979-01-24
Place of Birth: North Bellmore, Long Island
Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Wiki Biography: On January 24th 1979, Tatyana Marisol Ali was born to Sonia, who was a nurse from Panama and Sheriff Ali, a retired police officer from Trinidad. At the age of four, she started singing and got a taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for "Sesame Street" (1969). She went on to perform in many productions in her native city, New York, including the Broadway show, "Fences", with James Earl Jones and, later, Billy Dee Williams, and the off-Broadway show, "Orfeo del Campo". When she was seven, she appeared on "Star Search" (1983) and won twice, receiving a four-star rating when she appeared for a second time. At the age of eleven, Tatyana moved from New York to Los Angeles for her breakthrough role and to established her career. Most of us know her as Will Smith's cousin, "Ashley Banks", from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990). While filming "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990), she also had interesting side projects, including guest roles in television shows such as "The Cosby Show" (1984), "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" (1989) (aka "The Mickey Mouse Club"), Kyno's "Storytime" (1994), "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (1991) and the television movie, Mr. Foster's Field Trip (1994). During this time, she grew up in front of the public and sang in several episodes of "The Fresh Prince", most notably her rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the original song, "Make Up Your Mind". Her co-star, Will Smith, was so impressed he asked Tatyana if she would consider doing this for real. Tatyana began preparing for her singing career during the last year of the show as she began training her vocal chords, recording demos and publicly performing on television and in various informal live concerts. Her performances on "The Fresh Prince" actually helped her build a fan base that anxiously waited for her first album launch. On the 25th of August, she released her album, "Kiss the Sky", and her single, "Daydreamin'". Her single was certified Gold within weeks of its release and it quickly rose into the Billboard 100 Hot Singles, where it peaked at number six for two weeks. Tatyana also contributed to major movies such as Crocodile Dundee II (1988) and Eddie Murphy Raw (1987). Since then, she has had large roles in two movies, Fall Into Darkness (1996) (TV) and Fakin' Da Funk (1997), a feature film from 1997. She has also guest-starred in several sitcoms, including "In the House" (1995), and had a cameo role in the film, Kiss the Girls (1997). She also went to Harvard and graduated with a degree in Anthropology in June 2002. She is now working on her new album, as well as starring in more movies.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Ashley Banks / ... 1990 Comedy
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ashley Banks 1991 - 1992 Comedy
Name Your Adventure 1993
Love That Girl Tyana Jones 2010 Comedy
Love That Girl! 2010 Comedy
Second Generation Wayans Maya 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Domino One 0000
Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 Documentary, Comedy
Kiss the Girls 1997 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Clown at Midnight Monica 1999 Horror, Thriller
Jawbreaker Brenda 1999 Comedy, Crime
Brother Latifa 2001 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Brothers 2001 Comedy, Drama
National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze 2004 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Nora's Hair Salon II Lilliana 2008 Comedy
Hotel California Jessie 2008 Action, Crime, Drama
Privileged Talia 2010 Drama
Dysfunctional Friends Alex 2012 0
24 Hour Love Simply 2013 Drama
23rd Psalm: Redemption Stacey Wayne 2013 Thriller
A Very Larry Christmas Nicole 2013 Comedy
The Last Letter Jillian 2013 Thriller
Locker 13 Lucy 2014 Drama, Thriller
Comeback Dad Nima 2014 Drama
November Rule Leah 2015 Comedy
Fatal Flip Roslyn 2015 Thriller
Home Again Marva Johnson 2017 Biography, 0