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Vanessa Bell Calloway is a stage, screen and television actress who has earned eight NAACP Image Award nominations.

Best known for her roles in the box office smashes “Coming to America”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Biker Boyz”, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”, “Daylight,” “The Inkwell”, “Crimson Tide”, “The Brothers”, “Cheaper By The Dozen”, “The Temptations” and she voiced the lead female role in the animated feature “Bebe’s Kids”.

Calloway will star in TV ONE’s new movie for television, “To Hell and Back” along with Ernie Hudson this April. She also is currently recurring on John Well’s top-rated hour drama “Shameless” on Showtime. She recurred on TNT’s “Rizzoi & Isles,” and as Gail Strummer the arch nemesis of Jada Pinkett Smith’s on “Hawthorne RN”. Judge Campbell on NBC’s “Harry’s Law” and “Go On” which starred Mathew Perry.

Independent features include “The Under Shepherd” with Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), The “Last Fall” with Lance Gross (Our Family Wedding) and “The Obama Effect” with Charles Dutton (Roc). Independent features soon to be released include “The Preachers Son”, “The Mistress”, “The Bounce Back”, “Medicine Men” and “Scout”.

A character actress in demand, Calloway has guest starred on CBS’s NCIS and Reckless. ABC’s Castle and Detroit 187, Showtime’s Dexter, GMC’s Between Sisters, BET’s Let’s Stay Together, Cold Case, The Closer, CSI, CSI Miami and The District just to name a few. This summer she will guest star on the BET smash hit “Real Husbands of Hollywood”.

Vanessa’s stage credits are many. She recently received an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actress for her riveting portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston in “Letters From Zora” which sold out performances at The Pasadena Playhouse on two separate engagements. She also received raved reviews when she performed “Letters From Zora” at The Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. She was a part of the original Broadway cast of the hit musical Dreamgirls and she starred in Seven Guitars at The August Wilson 20th Century Theater Festival held at The Kennedy Center and in the Los Angeles production of The Piano Lesson. Vanessa brought the house down in “The Divorce” written by Donald B. Welch, and starred in the LA stage production of “Crowns”strong> at The Ebony Repertory Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse. She has performed in several other Los Angeles theater productions as well. She is excited to be reunited with Lettters From Zora playwright, Gabrielle Denise Pina for this special production of “Dreaming Of Harlem Under A High Southern Sky”.

Vanessa has a hit web series “In The Company Of Friends” and a Blog Talk Radio Show “That’s So Very Vanessa”. They are both available ON DEMAND ANYTIME at WWW.INTHECOMPANYOFFRIENDS.TV For two seasons Calloway was a co-host of the BET talk show “Oh Drama” as well.

Vanessa is a professional dancer and has performed with various professional dance companies in New York and Los Angeles. She also danced and starred in the television movies “Polly,” “Polly Coming Home” and “Stompin At The Savoy”, all directed by Debbie Allen.

She has two beautiful grown daughters, Ashley and Alexandra and has been married to her loving husband Dr. Anthony Calloway for 26 years.
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