Vanessa Bell Calloway
March 20, 1957
64 years old
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm tall
34-25-34 in | 86.5-63.5-86.5 cm
59 kg | 130 lbs
Vanessa Bell Calloway was born in Toledo, Ohio, United States, on March 20, 1957, is an American actress.
Young Vanessa Bell Calloway first started her career as a dancer in Broadway production of musical "Dreamgirls" (1981), at the Imperial Theatre.
She made her big screen debut in police detective film Number One with a Bullet (1987) in role as Woman.
She got her television debut in ABC soap opera All My Children (1985) in role as Yvonne Caldwell.
Her breakthrough performance came as Imani Izzi in romantic comedy film Coming to America (1988).
She played Imani Izzi in comedy films:
Coming to America (1988)
Coming 2 America (2021)
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Jackie in biographical musical drama film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for her role as Miss Dina Williams in drama movie America's Dream (1996).
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture for her performance as Rit Ross in biographical film Harriet (2019).
She voiced Jamika in animated comedy film Bébé's Kids (1992).
Crimson Tide (1995) action thriller opposite Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman
Daylight (1996) action thriller disaster with Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman and Viggo Mortensen
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) comedy opposite Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt
Lakeview Terrace (2008) crime thriller opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington
Southside With You (2016) biographical romantic drama with Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter
Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) drama with Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson and Vincenzo Amato
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) neo-noir crime thriller opposite Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn and Don Johnson
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her roles in television series:
Boston Public (2001) Fox drama series as Mrs. Michelle Ronning
The District (2003–2004) CBS crime drama and police procedural series as Gwen Hendrix
Hawthorne (2010-2011) TNT medical drama series as Gail Strummer
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her roles in television series:
Under One Roof (1995) CBS drama series as Maggie Langston
Orleans (1997) CBS drama series as Rosalee Clark
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for her role as Johnnie Mae Matthews in NBC miniseries The Temptations (1998).
Equal Justice (1990) ABC legal drama seriesin role as Delia Wayne
Rhythm & Blues (1992-1993) NBC sitcom in role as Colette Hawkins
10-8: Officers on Duty (2003-2004) ABC police drama series in role as Gina Barnes
She had recurring role as Carol Fisher in Showtime comedy drama television series Shameless (2011-2021).
Rizzoli & Isles (2012-2013) TNT crime drama series in role as Assistant District Attorney Edna Calloway
Murder in the First (2015) TNT crime drama series in role as Veronza Ervin
Hand of God (2015) Amazon Studios drama series in role as Eunetta Graham
Grey's Anatomy (2016) ABC medical drama series in role as Lucinda Gamble
Survivor's Remorse (2017) Starz sitcom in role as Camille Jordan
Black Monday (2019-2020) Showtime historical dark comedy series in role as Ruth
Graduated from Ohio University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She also studied dance, trained by Alvin Ailey, George Faison and Otis Sallid.
She directed music video for soul singer Rhetta Hughes "Angel Man" (1983).
She married anesthesiologist Dr. Anthony Calloway in 1988, they have two daughters, Ashley and Alexandra.