Regina King

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Regina Rene King was born January 15, 1971 and is an American actress and television director. 

She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria (Cain), a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. King’s parents divorced in 1979. King’s younger sister is former actress Reina King. King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attended the University of Southern California.

King first gained attention in 1985 as Brenda Jenkins in the NBC television series 227. She would go on to star in both television and film, rising to greater prominence with roles like Dana Jones in Friday (1995), Marcee Tidwell in Jerry Maguire (1996), Riley and Huey Freeman on the hit animated series The Boondocks, and Detective Lydia Adams on Southland. In 2018, her performance as Sharon Rivers in the film If Beale Street Could Talk won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

From 2015 to 2017, King starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, also from 2015 to 2017, she played Erika Murphy in the HBO drama The Leftovers. In 2018, she starred in the Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds. King had a recurring role as Janine Davis in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in various films, including Boyz n the HoodPoetic JusticeLegally Blonde 2Ray and Miss Congeniality: Armed & Fabulous.

King starred in the 2019 series Watchmen. In July 2019, it was announced King would direct One Night in Miami… based upon the play of the same name. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7, 2020, the first film directed by an African-American woman to be selected in the festival’s history.