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Bledsoe, Tempestt 1973-

Bledsoe, Tempestt 1973-


Born August 1, 1973, in Chicago, IL; daughter of Willa Bledsoe (a teacher). Education: New York University, B.A., finance. Avocational Interests: Reading, writing poems and stories, singing, playing backgammon, and cooking.


Agent—GVA Talent Agency, 9229 Sunset Blvd., Suite 320, Hollywood, CA 90069.


Actress. Spokesperson and host of 1988 rally for Just Say No Foundation.

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award nomination, best young supporting actress in a television comedy series, 1985, Young Artist Award nomination, exceptional performance by a young actress starring in a television, comedy, or drama series, 1987, Young Artist Award (with others), best young actor/actress ensemble in a television comedy, drama series or special, 1989, Young Artist Award nomination, best young actress supporting role in a television series, 1990, TV Land Award nomination (with others), favorite singing siblings, 2006, all for The Cosby Show; Clarence Muse Youth Award, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, 1992.


Television Appearances; Series:

Vanessa Huxtable, The Cosby Show, NBC, 1984-92.

Host, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show (also known as Tempestt), syndicated, 1995-96.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Margaret, Dance 'til Dawn, NBC, 1988.

Danni Fairview, Dream Date (also known as Home by Midnight), NBC, 1989.

Maria Dangola, Santa and Pete, CBS, 1999.

Tanika, The Expendables, USA Network, 2000.

Pam Moore, Fire & Ice, Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

Husband for Hire, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa, NBC, 1985.

Motown Returns to the Apollo, NBC, 1985.

Night of 100 Stars II, 1985.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1985.

Herself, Fast Copy, NBC, 1985.

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986.

America Talks Back, NBC, 1986.

The Twelfth Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1986.

Walt Disney World Fourth of July Spectacular, syndicated, 1988.

Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey, NBC, 1989.

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1990.

NBC All-Star Stay in School Jam, TNT, 1991.

The Lost Youth of Hollywood, NBC, 1991.

Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1992.

NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam, TNT, 1992.

The Last Laugh: Memories of "The Cosby Show," NBC, 1992.

The 19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1992.

Host, Understanding HIV: Does Teen America Know the Facts?, syndicated, 1992.

I Hate the Way I Look, 1993.

All-Star Ultra TV Censored Bloopers, 1995.

"The Cosby Kids": E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002.

"The Cosby Show": A Look Back, NBC, 2002.

101 Biggest Celebrity Oops, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

100 Greatest Kid Stars, VH1, 2005.

I Was a Network Star, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Grace Williams, "The Gift of Amazing Grace," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1986.

Herself, Square One TV, 1987.

"Earning Money," One to Grow On, NBC, 1988.

Dottie, "My Zombie Lover," Monsters, syndicated, 1988.

Vanessa Huxtable, "Risky Business," A Different World, NBC, 1989.

Herself, "Surviving a Break-Up," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1992.

Herself, "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll," The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NBC, 1995.

Herself, "The Pleasure Planet Principle, or G Marks the Spot," Homeboys in Outer Space, UPN, 1996.

Kaylene, "A Girl's Gotta Live in the Real World," Jenny, NBC, 1997.

Roberta Baylor, "Reasons to Believe," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Roberta Baylor, "Love & Honor," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Roberta Baylor, "State of Mind," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Neena Davis, "And the Band Plays On," The Parkers, ABC, 1999.

Judge, Pet Star, Animal Planet, 2003.

Chloe, "Pretty Baby," Rock Me, Baby, 2004.

"Clinical Risk," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2005.

Celebrity Fit Club, 2005.

The View, ABC, 2006.

Contestant, "Celebrity Fear Factor," Fear Factor (also known as Factor miedo and Fear Factor: The Series), NBC, 2006.

Cecily, "Play Me or Trade Me," South of Nowhere, Noggin, 2006.

Cecily, "This Is So Not Mom," South of Nowhere, Noggin, 2006.

Cecily, "That's the Way the World Crumbles," South of Nowhere, Noggin, 2006.

Also appeared in Main Street; Fast Forward; as guest VJ on MTV.

Film Appearances:

Johnny B Goode, 1999.

Janey, BachelorMan, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

Night of 100 Stars II, 1985.


Fitness Video:

Looking Good! The Fun Teen Fitness Program, CBS/Fox Video, 1988.



Emmy, August, 1989, p. 6.

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