Born In: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Wanda Sykes is an American comedian and actress best known for her role as ‘Barbara Baran’ in ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine.’ She is counted among the funniest women in America. Though she is a popular comedian today, she did not even think of a career in comedy during her growing up days. Growing up in a comfortable middle class locality, she wanted to attend college and secure a respectable job. She attended the ‘Hampton University’ and was employed by the ‘National Security Agency’ (NSA) upon her graduation. But this work gave her no satisfaction and she decided to try her hand at stand-up comedy. She moved to New York City to pursue her new found interest and got her big break when she was given an opportunity to open for comedian Chris Rock at ‘Caroline’s Comedy Club.’ Meeting Chris Rock was a turning point in her life; she was soon hired to write for ‘The Chris Rock Show’ and won an ‘Emmy Award’ for her writing. Gradually, she started appearing in movies and went on to play important roles in comedies like ‘Down to Earth’ and ‘Pootie Tang.’ She is a lesbian and an active supporter of same-sex marriages and gay rights activism.
Also Known As: Wanda Yvette Sykes
Spouse/Ex-: Alex Sykes (m. 2008), Dave Hall (m. 1991–1998)
father: Harry Ellsworth Sykes
mother: Marion Louise Sykes
children: Lucas Claude Sykes, Olivia Lou Sykes
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: Hampton University
Grouping of People: Lesbian
education: Hampton University
Wanda Yvette Sykes was born on March 7, 1964, in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, to Marion Louise and Harry Ellsworth Sykes. Her father was a U.S. Army colonel, while her mother was a banker.
She participated in the ‘Coors Light Super Talent Showcase’ in 1987, where she performed stand-up comedy for the first time in front of a live audience. It was during this performance that she realized her love for comedy.
She spent the next few years honing her skills. She moved to New York City in 1992, in order to pursue a career in comedy.
She married Dave Hall in 1991, and divorced him in 1998.
She publicly came out as lesbian in 2008, and married her girlfriend Alex Niedbalski. The couple has two children (fraternal twins), named Olivia and Lucas.
Wanda Sykes Movies
(Comedy, Family, Fantasy)
(Adventure, Action, Musical, Comedy)
|1999||Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program||The Chris Rock Show (1997)|
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