Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold
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Arnold in 2008
Born
Tichina Rolanda Arnold

(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 51)
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
(
m. 1991;div. 1995)

(
m. 2012;div. 2016)
Partner(s) Carvin Haggins (2002–2007)
Children1
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Tisha Campbell

Tichina Rolanda Arnold [1] ( /tɪˈʃnə/ ; [2] born June 28, 1969) [3] [4] [5] is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She began her career as a child actor, appearing in supporting roles in Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and How I Got into College (1989) before being cast as Pamela "Pam" James on the FOX sitcom Martin , which she played from 1992 until the show ended in 1997. Arnold also played the family matriarch Rochelle on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris from 2005 to 2009, and portrayed Judi Mann in the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced from 2011 to 2013. From 2014 to 2017, she played the lead role of Cassie Calloway on Survivor's Remorse . Since 2018, Arnold currently plays Tina Butler in the CBS sitcom series The Neighborhood .

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Early life

Arnold was born in Queens, New York, to a middle-class African-American family. Her mother, Diane, was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer. [6] [7] She was raised in the Church of God in Christ. [8] She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. [1]

Career

Film and television

In 1986, Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors (1986) along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. [9] Arnold was only sixteen at the time of filming, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope . Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989. Later that year, Arnold was cast as Sharla Valentine, a high-school friend of Emily Ann Sago (played by Liz Vassey) on the ABC-TV daytime drama All My Children . She continued in the role until 1991.

Arnold performs for service members during the United Service Organization's Holiday Tour, 2008. Tichina Arnold Al Asad.jpg
Arnold performs for service members during the United Service Organization's Holiday Tour, 2008.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the recurring role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One . In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House . In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his character's wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs . In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand . [10] Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris [11] which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. In a departure from her known comedic roles, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story (2008), which was about the first and only woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. [8]

Arnold also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks , episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch" which aired in 2007. In 2009, Arnold appeared onstage in The Wiz revival at the New York City Center in the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West. [12] In 2010 she guest starred in the one-hour episode premiere of the Disney XD Original Series Pair of Kings as Aunt Nancy, and also reprise her role for one more episode.

Arnold played the best friend of Fran Drescher in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced , which is based on Fran Drescher's real-life marriage and divorce to series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson. [13]

Personal life

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags". [14] The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities such as her best friend Michel'le, Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs. [15] When her daughter was born, she stopped production. [16]

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai Haggins (born March 16, 2004), [17] [18] with music producer Carvin Haggins. In an interview with Joan Rivers, Arnold revealed that she had thought she was unable to conceive after bouts with endometriosis. [8]

On August 18, 2012, Arnold married St. Johns Men's Basketball assistant coach and former Golden State Warriors assistant coach DaRico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii. [19] In January 2016, Arnold's representative confirmed she and Hines were divorcing. [20] The media reported that Hines had been unfaithful to Arnold, having made a sex tape with another woman during their marriage, which was later released to the public without his consent. [21]

Philanthropy

In 2013, Arnold and her sister created the We Win Foundation, a foundation for people with lupus; her sister, Zenay, has the disease. [22]

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1983The Brass RingMary
1984 [23] The House of Dies DrearPesty
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988Starlight: A Musical MovieEvelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got into College Vera Cook
1990Scenes From a MallTicket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1999A Luv Tale
2000 Dancing in September Robber
2000 Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
2002Yo AlienRay Goods
2005Preaching to the ChoirDesiree
2005 Getting Played Woman in Restaurant
2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
2008 Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mamma
2012Stolen ChildClaudiaTelevision film
2012The Great DivideTosha
2013 Summoned MyleneTelevision film
2014More to LoveMargo
2014A Day Late and a Dollar ShortCharlotteTelevision film
2014 Top Five Theatre Manager
2015Royal Family ThanksgivingChevonneTelevision film
2015Royal Family ChristmasChevonneTelevision film
2019 The Last Black Man in San Francisco Wanda
2019 Countdown Nurse Amy
2020 The Main Event Denise Thompson
TBA Runt Principal CareyPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987–89 Ryan's Hope Zena Brown
1989 The Cosby Show DeloresEpisode: "Theo's Women"
1990 Law & Order LeonaEpisode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1991 All My Children Sharla Valentine
1992–97 Martin Pamela "Pam" JamesMain role (132 episodes)
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show CarlaEpisode: "Soul Mate to Cellmate"
1999 Pacific Blue Dana BrownEpisode: "Ghost Town"
1999 The Norm Show Mrs. MurphyEpisode: "Norm vs. the Boxer"
2001–05 One on One Nicole BarnesRecurring role (15 episodes)
2002 Soul Food AdinaEpisode: "Past Imperfect"
2004 Listen Up KiaraEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
2005–09 Everybody Hates Chris RochelleMain role (88 episodes)
2007 The Boondocks Nicole (voice)Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch"
2009 Sherri Russell's MammaEpisode: "Pilot"
2009 Brothers Cynthia3 episodes
2010 Pair of Kings Aunt Nancy2 episodes
2011 Raising Hope Sylvia3 episodes
2011 Are We There Yet? Vicky HowardEpisode: "The Fight Party Episode"
2011, 2013 Let's Stay Together Dr. Knotts2 episodes
2011–13 Happily Divorced Judi MannMain role (34 episodes)
2014 Hit the Floor Mary Roman2 episodes
2014 Celebrity Wife Swap HerselfEpisode: "Tichina Arnold/Kelly Packard"
2014–17 Survivor's Remorse Cassie CallowayMain role (36 episodes)
2015 Black Dynamite Honeybee's Singing VoiceEpisode: "The Wizard of Watts"
2016 The Eric Andre Show HerselfEpisode: "Tichina Arnold/Steve Schirripa"
2017 Daytime Divas Mo Evans7 episodes
2018LockdownPaulette6 episodes
2018–present The Neighborhood Tina ButlerMain role

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1988 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series Ryan's Hope Nominated
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: DaytimeNominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Martin Won
2006 BET Awards Best ActressHerselfNominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris Won
TV - Choice Actress: ComedyNominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesWon
2007Nominated
2008Nominated
2009Nominated
2010Nominated

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