Who was Yvette Wilson?
Yvette Wilson was an American actress and comedian. She is best remembered for her role as Andell Wilkerson on the sitcom ‘Moesha’ and its spinoff ‘The Parkers’. She also appeared in several comedy movies, including ‘Friday’, ‘House Party 3’, and 'Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood'. Before pursuing acting, Wilson majored in communications from San Jose State University. She started off as a standup comedian, touring the comedy club circuit. In 1992, she landed roles in Hollywood and worked consistently in both television shows and films. In the later years of her career, Wilson worked in real estate and also managed a record label called Fat Daddy Records. Behind the screen, she was married to record producer Jerome Harry until her death in 2012. The talented actress died at the relatively young age of 48, after battling cervical cancer.
Yvette Wilson started her career as a standup comedian at a local club. In 1992, she was cast in the sketch comedy television series ‘In Living Color’. A year later, she made her film debut with ‘Poetic Justice’, a romantic drama film directed by John Singleton. The movie, starring Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, earned the no. 1 spot at the box office during its opening weekend. It grossed $27 million worldwide and received an Academy Award nomination for its song "Again". Also, in 1993, the actress cum comedian played Lynette Armstrong-Russell in the sitcom ‘Thea’. Although the show was cancelled after a few episodes, it helped her get a role in the comedy flick ‘House Party 3’.
In 1994, Wilson had a minor role in ‘Blankman’, a superhero comedy parody movie starring David Alan Grier and Damon Wayans. The movie earned negative reviews and was a box office disappointment. A year later, she played Rita in F. Gary Gray's directorial debut stoner comedy ‘Friday’. The movie chronicles 16 hours in the lives of two unemployed friends who must pay a specified amount to a local drug dealer by 10:00 p.m.
The year 1996 saw Wilson in her breakthrough role of Andell Wilkerson in UPN’s sitcom ‘Moesha’. The show ran for 127 episodes and went on to become one of the greatest shows on the network over the course of its entire run. Also, in 1996, the actress starred in the crime comedy parody ‘Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’. This was followed by her guest appearance in an episode titled "Break Yourself, Fool" of ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’.
From 1999 to 2004, Wilson reprised her role as Andell Wilkerson the spinoff of ‘Moesha,’ titled ‘The Parkers’. The show depicted the mother-daughter duo, Nikki and Kim Parker, who both attend Santa Monica College. ‘The Parkers’ ran on UPN for 110 episodes.
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Family & Personal Life
Yvette Renee Wilson was born on March 6, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She attended San Jose State University from where she majored in communications. In 2001, the actress married record producer Jerome Harry. The couple remained together until her death in 2012.
On June 14, 2012, Wilson died from cervical cancer in Los Angeles. She was 48 at that time.