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Who is Kim Wayans? Where is she now?

Kim N. Wayans was born on the 16th October 1961 in New York City, USA, and is an author and actress, probably best recognized for starring in various roles in the Fox comedy-sketch show “In Living Color” (1990–2001), playing Tonia Harris in the NBC sitcom “In The House” (1995-1998) and as Audrey in the drama film “Pariah” (2011). Kim is also known for being a member of The Wayans Family, prominent in various roles in the entertainment industry. She is still active as a professional actress as well as a co-author of the children’s book series “Amy Hodgepodge”.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings and Education

In her early life, Kim spent her childhood in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, where she was raised by her father, Howell Stouten Wayans who worked as a supermarket manager, and her mother, Elvira Alethia (Green), who was a homemaker and social worker; her parents became known for being involved in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion and for having ten children. So, Kim is the sister of writer and film score composer Dwayne Wayans, actors Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Nadia Wayans and Marlon Wayans, and screenwriters Elvira Wayans, Diedre Wayans and Vonnie Wayans. Regarding her education, Kim attended Seward Park High School, after which she graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1983.
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Career Beginnings

Speaking about Kim’s acting career, it started in 1987 when she made her debut film appearance in a small role in Robert Townsend’s comedy film “Hollywood Shuffle”, after which she was selected to play Allison Guisewite in the first season of the NBC sitcom “A Different World” (1987-1988). When that filming was ended, Kim guest-starred as Cameo Candette in two episodes of the ABC drama series “China Beach”, and featured as a nightclub singer in the action comedy film “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, written and directed by her brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, both in 1988, all of which started to increase her popularity and net worth.

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Rise to Prominence and “In Living Color”

In 1990, after guest-starring as Nicki in an episode of the HBO situation-comedy series “Dream On”, Kim was chosen to portray various roles, such as Benita Butrell, Laquita and Mrs. Brooks, in the Fox sketch-comedy show “In Living Color”, which lasted from 1990 to 1994. It was created by her brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also starred in the show. Her next roles came in 1994, when she was cast as Diane in the action comedy film “A Low Down Dirty Shame” next to Keenen Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton and Jada Pinkett Smith, and then as Andie Norman in the romantic comedy film “Talking About Sex”, directed by Aaron Speiser. Between 1995 and 1998, she portrayed Tonia Harris in the NBC sitcom “In The House” and guest-starred as Cousin Shelia in two episodes of The WB sitcom “The Wayans Bros.”

The late 1990s

By the end of the decade, Kim had also landed the role of Mrs. Johnson in the 1996 crime comedy film “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood” alongside her brothers Shawn, Marlon and Keenen Ivory Wayans, portrayed Mom in the Kids’ WB animated series “Waynehead” (1996-1997) and featured as Bettina in the drama film “Critics And Other Freaks” (1997), considerablyincreasing her net worth. She also guest-starred as Rhonda in the Fox sitcom “Getting Personal” in 1998.

The 2000s

Kim’s next major role came at the beginning of the next decade, when she starred as Latisha Jansen in the romantic comedy “Juwanna Mann” (2002). During the next four years, she wasn’t active in the search for other projects, so her next role came in 2006, when she provided her voice to the character of Momma in the TV film “Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness”, and its sequel “Thugaboo: A Miracle On D-Roc’s Street” in the same year. In 2007, she was cast as Pearl ‘Lightning’ Davis in the TV comedy film “What News?”, which was followed by her portrayal of Ms. Dontwannabebothered in Damien Dante Wayans’ musical comedy film “Dance Flick” next to Marlon and Shawn Wayans, and Shoshana Bush, all of which contributed to her wealth.

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The 2010s and “Pariah”

With the beginning of the 2010s, Kim continued to line up successes by starring in the role of Audrey in the drama film “Pariah” (2011), for which she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 2012 Black Reel Awards. Thereafter, she guest-starred as Darlene Beckett in the CBS crime drama series “Criminal Minds” (2012), and as Dr. Owens in the TV Land sitcom “The Soul Man” (2013), after which she was cast as Vi Briggs in the CBS legal drama series “Reckless” in 2014.

Recent Years

Kim guest-starred as Susan in two episodes of the Fox sitcom “New Girl” (2016) and as Ella in several episodes of the VH1 drama series “The Breaks” (2017). She also landed the role of Faye in the romantic comedy “Ray Meets Helen” (2017), directed by Alan Rudolph, and most recently guest-starred in an episode of the TV series “Marlon” (2018) alongside Marlon Wayans in the lead role.

Other Ventures

In addition to her career as an actress, Kim has spent some time working as a writer and producer on her brother Damon Wayas’ sitcom “My Wife And Kids”. Beside that, Kim along with her husband Kevin Knotts co-wrote the children’s book series entitled “Amy Hodgepodge” in 2008, increasing further her wealth.

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Kim Wayans Net Worth

Over $8 million.

Personal Life and Twitter

Kim Wayans has been married to Kevin Knotts since 2002; by profession, he is also involved in the entertainment industry as an author and actor. The couple don’t have children. Their current residence is in LA, CA.

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Appearance and Vital Statistics

  • Dark brown frizzy hair
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Height is 6ft (1.83 m)
  • Weight ~158lbs (72kgs)
  • Vital statistics 35-27-36

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