Kimberly Elise Trammel (born April 17, 1967) is an American film and television actress. She made her feature film debut in Set It Off (1996), and later received critical acclaim for her performance in Beloved (1998).During her career, Elise has appeared in films such as John Q. (2002), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Great Debaters (2007), For Colored Girls (2010), Dope (2015), Almost Christmas (2016), Death Wish (2018) and Ad Astra (2019). She received a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in the 2004 drama film, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and played the leading roles in a number of made for television movies. Elise also starred in the CBS crime drama series, Close to Home (2005–07), and in 2013 began starring in the VH1 comedy-drama series, Hit the Floor. She is a four-time NAACP Image Awards winner.
Elise was married to Maurice Oldham from 1989 to 2005. The couple had two daughters, born in 1990 and 1998. Not long after their divorce, in 2007, Oldham died from a "massive blood clot".Elise's maternal descent is of the Songhai people. Elise is vegan and has worked with PETA to promote the lifestyle.
Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (née Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm. She has three siblings. She attended The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow and at the University of Minnesota earned a BA in Mass Communications.
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The Mosquito Coast
An idealist uproots his family and takes them to the jungles of Central America to start a new life because he is fed up with the degradation of modern society. Paul Theroux wrote the novel.
The near future, a time when both hope and hardships drive humanity to look to the stars and beyond. While a mysterious phenomenon menaces to destroy life on planet Earth, astronaut Roy McBride undert...
An overworked businesswoman learns the meaning of "be careful what you wish for" after she off-handedly wishes she had taken another path in life.
Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him ...
Back to School Mom
Mary Thomas, a free-spirited musician, has spent the past two decades traveling the world, but at age 41 she decides to go back to college and finish her degree so that she can finally finish somethin...
Apple Mortgage Cake
The inspirational true story of a woman who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home – and how this idea completely changes her and her family.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short
When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
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Hit the Floor
Ahsha Hayes enters the wild world of professional basketball when she tries out for the elite L.A. Devil Girls dance team against the wishes of her mother Sloane, a former dancer herself.
Three soldiers get trapped in an elevator when terrorists set off a dirty bomb. But when White escapes, her world turns upside down as she realizes nothing is what it seems.
After hearing budget cuts have eliminated all their jobs, a high school faculty lotto pool placed its fate in the lucky numbers they've played for ten years.
Ties That Bind
Adobea, Buki and Theresa are three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey to...
For Colored Girls
From the point of view of 20 black females, it's about existence. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact ...
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Masters of Science Fiction
Masters of Science Fiction is an American television anthology series with each hour long episode taking the form of a separate short film adaptation of a story by a respected member of the science fi...
Montgomery moved to Los Angeles to be closer to his family after leaving Seattle Grace Hospital. She was at the co-op with her friends from medical school.
In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's f...
The Great Debaters
The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underprivileged African American college students into a historical powerhou...
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The personal and professional lives of doctors are chronicled.
The Reichen Show
There is a list of celebrity interviews.
Close to Home
Warner Bros co-produced Close to Home. CBS has television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The series was called American Crime in pre-production. It aired from October 4, 2005 to May 11, 2007. The s...
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Helen found a U-Haul van in the driveway with her clothes in it. Charles is divorcing her. An old woman named Madea doesn't take no for an answer. Helen is helped by Madea.
The Manchurian Candidate
Major Ben Marco was in the squad that was attacked during the Gulf War. He doesn't think Sergeant Raymond Shaw is the hero he remembers. Shaw's political power grows as Marco's doubts deepen, and when...
Woman Thou Art Loosed
An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
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The Twilight Zone
A 2002 revival of Rod Serling's 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone, with actor Forest Whittaker assuming Serling's role as narrator and on-screen host.
John Quincy Archibald's son was unable to receive a transplant because his HMO insurance wouldn't cover it. He took a hospital full of patients hostage because the hospital wouldn't put his son's name...
The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, African-American tap-dancing star of stage and screen. In 1916, Robinson was a successful vaudeville performer and considered the finest tap dancer of his genera...
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Girlfriends is an American comedy-drama sitcom that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on Feb...
Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by Felicia...
John Jaster is sharing a cell with another prisoner. Bristol is still on the run. He wants to get out of prison and start a new life with his girlfriend. Since he was set loose by Clenteen, he thinks ...
The Loretta Claiborne Story
A disabled young girl from a disadvantaged home setting develops self esteem and success in life through Special Olympics competition. Based on the true story of Loretta Claiborne.
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The Ditchdigger's Daughters
Based on the memoirs of Yvonne S. Thornton, this heartwarming, inspirational family drama centers on a poor black laborer who wanted his six daughters to grow up to be doctors.
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
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The series is produced in Canada. The fight for survival heightened his senses. Detective Jim Ellison is part of the fight for justice. Blair and Jim work together to help Jim develop his senses.
Set It Off
Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, are planning to rob banks. The policeman who shot one of the brothers is on the run. As the women add to...
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