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Nona Gaye

A native of Washington D.C., Nona Gaye is best known for her acclaimed performance opposite Will Smith as Belinda, Muhammad Ali's second wife in Michael Mann's Ali.

She appeared on stage for the first time when she was three weeks old with her father, soul legend Marvin Gaye. At six years old her father announced on Soul Train that She sings quite well. She was 14 when she cut her first demo and was signed to Atlantic Records at 16. In 1992 she released her first album, Love for the Future, which received high praise from the music industry. She recently dueted with her father on his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner for the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Adding modeling to her career, Gaye shot a campaign for Armani and walked the runway for Gianni Versace. In 2001 she returned to the recording studio, collaborating with Bono & Artists Against AIDS Worldwide re-recording What's Going On as a call to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa.

After taking time to raise her son, Nolan, Nona began to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Her first audition was for Ali, resulting in her feature film debut, rave reviews and a call from USA Today for a supporting actress Oscar nomination.

Gaye recently co-starred opposite Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie Anne-Moss as Zee in the second and third installments of The Matrix trilogy, The Matrix: Reloaded, released in May 2003 and The Matrix: Revolutions, released at the end of the year.

Crash, directed by Paul Haggis and set for 2005 release, has Gaye working with an all-star ensemble cast led by Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser and Ludacris.

She began filming XXX2: State of the Union, opposite Ice Cube, in late July.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Nona Gaye Facts

Birth NameNona Marvisa Gaye
BirthdaySeptember 4, 1974 (49)
BirthplaceWashington, District of Columbia, USA
Height5' 10½" (1m79)  How tall is Nona Gaye compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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