Michelle Thomas Biography
Birthday: September 23, 1968 (Libra)
Born In: Boston, Massachusetts
Michelle Doris Thomas was a comedian and television actress from America. She gained fame for portraying Justine Phillips in the series ’The Cosby Show’, Myra Monkhouse in ‘Family Matters’, and Callie Rogers in ‘The Young and the Restless’. A native of Massachusetts, Thomas participated in and won several beauty pageants as a child. In 1988, she made her debut in ‘The Cosby Show’, portraying the recurring character Justine Phillips. In 1989, she appeared in her first TV movie, ‘Dream Date’. Over the course of her brief career, Thomas was featured in two films, ‘Hangin' with the Homeboys’ and ‘Unbowed’. She also made guest appearances in shows like ‘Thea’ and ‘Malcolm & Eddie’. She played Steve Urkel’s girlfriend Myra Monkhouse in the ABC/CBS sitcom ‘Family Matters’. In 1997, doctors diagnosed her with a rare form of stomach cancer, intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor. Just before being cast in ‘The Young and the Restless’, she underwent her first surgery. In October 1998, she took a medical leave from the soap opera to undergo her second operation. Thomas passed away in December 1998, at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She was 30 years old at the time.