Regina King –

Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).

Regina King: Best Supporting Actress, 2018:

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Regina King won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk, as Sharon Rivers — the mother of a woman whose lover has been wrongly accused of rape.

About Regina King (1971 – ____)

Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, 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, who appeared on What's Happening Now!! King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attended the University of Southern California.

King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227, a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character. She played Will Smith's character's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.

Beginning in the mid-2000s, she had ongoing roles on several TV series, including acclaimed work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series The Boondocks and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama Southland. She also appeared in roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless. In 2007 she played Lisa Moore in This Christmas. She was a cast member on ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime, and played a devout member of the Nation of Islam and sister to a drug addict accused of murder. In September 2015 and September 2016, King won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for American Crime. In 2018, she played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds, winning her third Primetime Emmy Award. Her performance in the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins, garnered critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1997, King married Ian Alexander, but they divorced in 2007. They have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 19, 1996. King dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 2011 until March 2013.

Regina King's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday Dana Jones
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia Williams
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998 Rituals N/A
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa
1998 Enemy of the State Carla Dean
1998 Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton
2001 Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins
2002 Truth Be Told Rayne
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 A Cinderella Story Rhonda
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller
2006 The Ant Bully Kreela (voice)
2007 Year of the Dog Layla
2007 This Christmas Lisa Whitfield-Moore
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela
2013 Let the Church Say Amen Director
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Sharon Rivers

Regina King's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1985–90227Brenda Jenkins
1994Northern ExposureMother Nature
1994New York UndercoverMarah
1995Living SingleZina
1999Where the Truth LiesLillian Rose-Martin
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2Allie
2002Leap of FaithCynthia
2002Damaged CareCheryl Griffith
2005–14The BoondocksRiley and Huey Freeman (voice)
2006Women in LawN/A
200724Sandra Palmer
2008Living ProofEllie Jackson
2009–13SouthlandDetective Lydia Adams
2012RuPaul's Drag RaceHerself (guest judge)
2013–17The Big Bang TheoryJanine Davis
2014The StrainRuby Wain
2014ShamelessGail Johnson
2014The Gabby Douglas StoryNatalie Hawkins
2015–17American CrimeAliyah Shadeed
Terri LaCroix
Kimara Walters
2015–17The LeftoversErika Murphy
2018Seven SecondsLatrice Butler
2019WatchmenAngela Abraham

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Regina King include...

Year Movie Award
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Best Supporting Actress (Winner)

Memorable Quotes by Regina King

“ I've tried to be flexible in my career by doing a little bit of everything and that's worked for me. ”

“ I love my city and I feel like the majority of the people that are in the city are people from other cities. So I think that L.A. sometimes might get a bad rap because it's known to be so Hollywood-oriented and then underneath that you have crime. But that's really the case in pretty much any major city that you go to. ”

“ When you see all the suits in the room, everybody in the room has on suits, you know, the women, too. We're not wearing dresses and chiffon and we're not as fun as we used to be. ”

“ I learned a lot from my Mom. My favorite lesson: remember there is no such thing as a certain way to parent and to remember that you are learning along with your child - it's ok to make mistakes. ”

“ My biggest challenge will be to play the totally submissive woman. It takes a toll on you when you play someone who's far removed from your personality. ”

“ It's funny that until I actually met my husband, I never thought I'd get married. ”

Things You May Not Know About Regina King

Both she and her sister Reina King's first names are translations of the word "Queen": Regina's is Latin and Reina King's is Spanish.

She studied under acting coach/actress Betty A. Bridges, mother of actor Todd Bridges. She was Regina's acting coach for ten years before and during her first role on the TV series 227 (1985).

Opened an L.A. restaurant called Paio.

Was one of the guests at Sandra Bullock's and Jesse James' wedding.

Her favourite movie is The Sandlot (1993).

Is a graduate of Westchester High School (class of 1988), as are Nia Long (class of 1989), singer Karyn White (class of 1984), director Tim Story (class of 1988), former NFL player Kevin Johnson (class of 1988), jazz pianist Eric Reed (class of 1988), the late Anissa Jones (class of 1976) and the late Phil Hartman (class of 1966). In addition, well-known civil rights attorney and radio talk show host Leo Terrell was an English teacher at the school.

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Regina King in the role that won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar,
in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
King in 227 (1985).
King with Eddie Murphy and Khamani Griffin in Daddy Day Care (2003).
With Chris Tucker and Ice Cube in Friday (1995).
In Higher Learning (1995).
King in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003).
In Ray (2004).
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King in Seven Seconds (2018)... with Russell Hornsby in picture four... with Malik Yoba in picture five... picture seven with Russell Hornsby... bottom picture with Clare-Hope Ashitey.
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With Dorian Missick in Southland (2009).
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In The Good Doctor (2017)... top two pictures with Hill Harper...
bottom picture with Freddie Highmore.
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Regina King in The Leftovers (2014)... top picture with Carrie Coon...
bottom picture with Kevin Carroll and Jovan Adepo.