Kimberly Elise was born in 1971 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in communications she performed in local theater and eventually attended the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. She graduated from the AFI in 1995.

Kimberly made her film debut in "Set It Off." She later appeared in "Beloved," "Bait," "John Q," "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

She’s made guest appearances in such tv shows as "The Sentinel," "In The House" and "Soul Food." Kimberly won a Cable Ace Award for her performance in the cable telefilm "The Ditchdigger’s Daughter." For her performance in "Beloved" she won the Chicago Film Critics Award for Most Promising Actress and the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress. Kimberly currently stars in the CBS series "Close To Home."

With her AFI experience Kimberly was awarded a $25,000 grant given by the Minnesota Independent Film Fund to direct a film she wrote called "Snow In April." This film is a supernatural drama that follows the spiritual destruction and rebirth of a woman whose husband is murdered. She is guided on this journey of madness and healing by the spirit of her dead husband. Additionally, she was selected as an emerging artist grant recipient from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her film "Cornroll."

Kimberly and her husband Maurice recently filed for divorce. They have two daughters, AjaBleu and JaelaRose.

Kimberly's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Elise:

Kimberly Elise@Internet Movie Database
Kimberly Elise Brentwood Magazine Interview
Kimberly Elise@Woman Thouse Art Loose
Kimberly Elise@Wikipedia
Under-rated: The Kimberly Elise Mini Fan Site

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