More Kimberly Elise Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Woman Thou Art Loosed)Elise most recently starred alongside Denzel Washington in the drama John Q, in which she was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. Her next film project is Manchurian Candidate, starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. Elise's other film credits include Bait, Beloved where she won a Golden Satellite Award and CFCA Award and was nominated for a Cable Ace Award and NAACP Image Award, and Set It Off in which she made her feature film debut opposite Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Vivica A. Fox.
In television, Elise has had recurring roles on the UPN-TV sitcom Girlfriends and Showtime Network drama Soul Food. Her other television credits include the Showtime Special Bojangles where she starred opposite the late Gregory Hines and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, the ABC-TV movie of the week The Loretta Claiborne Story, and The Ditchdigger's Daughter, for which she won a Cable Ace Award.
Bio courtesy Magnolia Pictures for "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (01-Dec-2004)
Biography #3Kimberly Elise received both the 1999 Chicago Film Critics' Award for Most Promising Actress and the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the Touchstone feature Beloved, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison. Directed by Jonathan Demme, Elise portrayed the daughter of the character played by Oprah Winfrey.
Elise also portrayed the title role in the recent Wonderful World of Disney movie, The Loretta Claibourne Story. Last summer she appeared at the prestigious Williamstown theater festival in a production of A Raisin in the Sun.
Previously she appeared in New Line's Set it Off and in the Family Channel's acclaimed movie The Ditchdigger's Daughters, for which she received a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Elise showed early signs of talent as an actress and writer. On graduation from the University of Minneapolis, Elise pursued her interest in the arts by performing in local theatre. She built an impressive list of roles, most notably in the play Enlightenments at the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis and was invited to attend the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Elise graduated from the AFI in 1995.
Bio courtesy Castle Rock Entertainment (01-Jan-2000)