Parker, Paula Jai 1971–

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PARKER, Paula Jai 1971–


Born 1971, in Cleveland, OH (some sources cite Farmington, MI); married Forrest D. Martin, 2005. Education: Graduated from Howard University. Avocational Interests: Writing, singing, dancing.


Agent—Abrams Artists, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Manager—Leonard Torgan, Leverage Management, 3030 Pennsylvania Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Publicist—Bragman/Nyman/Cafarelli, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Eighth Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Marvet Britto, The Britto Agency, 234 West 56th St., Penthouse, New York, NY 10019.


Actress. Appeared in "Express Yourself," a series of public service announcements.

Awards, Honors:

Annual CableACE Award, best actress in a dramatic series, National Cable Television Association, 1994, for "Tang," Cosmic Slop.


Film Appearances:

Joi, Friday, New Line Cinema, 1995.

Sissy, Tales from the Hood, Savoy Pictures, 1995.

Drunk party girl, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (also known as Don't Be a Menace), Miramax, 1996.

Jamilia, Get on the Bus, Columbia, 1996.

Adina, Sprung, Trimark Pictures, 1997.

Rumors, 1997.

Claudette, Woo, New Line Cinema, 1998.

Paula King, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Warner Bros., 1998.

Ann, The Breaks, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Felicia, Phone Booth, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Gracie, High Crimes, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Stephanie, 30 Years to Life, Keystone Entertainment/Exodus Entertainment, 2002.

Love Chronicles, Melee Entertainment, 2003.

Evelyn, She Hate Me, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Rolonda, My Baby's Daddy, Miramax, 2004.

Lexus, Hustle & Flow, MTV Films, 2005.

Reecy, Animal, DEJ Productions, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Member of ensemble, The Apollo Comedy Hour, syndicated, 1992–93.

Member of ensemble, Townsend Television, Fox, 1993.

Monique, The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1995–96.

Val Brentwood (Gal Spy), The Weird Al Show, CBS, 1997–98.

Roberta Young, Snoops, ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

I Love the '80s Strikes Back, VH1, 2003.

I Love the '90s Part Deux, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Lisa, "Homecoming Day," Riot (also known as Riot in the Streets), Showtime, 1995.

Melodie, Always Outnumbered (also known as Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned), HBO, 1998.

Voice of Trudy Parker–Proud, The Proud Family Movie (animated), The Disney Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Tang," Cosmic Slop, HBO, 1994.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest host, Soul Train, syndicated, 1994.

Jill, "No Place Like Home," Roc, Fox, 1994.

Mia, "Pulp Marlon," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1995.

Udia, "Silent Auction," Pointman, syndicated, 1995.

Sabina, "Wendell and I Spy," The Parent 'Hood, The WB, 1997.

Tonya, "The Two Hilton Lucases," Cosby, NBC, 1997.

Cara Wilson, "Speak for Yourself, Bruce Clayton," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1998.

Billie Holiday, "God Bless the Child," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000.

Voice of Trudy Parker–Proud, "Romeo Must Wed," The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2002.

Desirae, "Cracking Ice," The Shield (also known as The Barn and Rampart), FX Channel, 2004.

Voice of Trudy Parker–Proud, "Spats: Experiment "397," Lilo & Stitch: The Series (animated; also known as The Adventures of Lilo & Stitch), The Disney Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Hell, Fox, 1995.

Roberta Young, Snoops, ABC, 1999.



Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 14, number 1, 2001, pp. 84–85.

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