Jasmine Guy’s life has been as fascinating as her career! Jasmine Guy has been in the industry since the age of 20 years. Starting as a dancer, Jasmine Guy diversified into several other areas and is an established dancer, writer, singer, director. Jasmine Guy has also won several coveted awards. Her love and personal life have been as colorful as her career! Below are presented the highlights of her childhood, variegated career, and her relationships!
Jasmine Guy’s childhood
Jasmine Guy was born on 10 March 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts, the USA. Her father was African-American while her mother was of Cape Verdean-American origin. Though born in Boston, Jasmine was raised in the wealthy neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, namely Collier Heights. She studied at the Northside Performing Arts High School (now North Atlanta High School). Her father worked as a pastor at the historic Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta. He was called Reverend William Guy and also worked as a college instructor for religion and philosophy. Her mother Jaye Rudolph served as a highs school teacher at that time. Jasmine had a keen interest in dancing since a tender age. Hence when she was 17 years old, Jasmine Guy shifted to Los Angeles to train herself in dancing at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Jasmine Guy’s first dancing role
Jasmine Guy debuted on TV in 1982. She got the role of a dancer on the series ‘Fame’. She was given no dialogues during that time and had to just dance in it. Her choreographer on this series was Debbie Allen. She also got film roles and started her film career in 1988 in ‘School Daze’. She also did Broadway and was into a great lot of theaters. She used to do tours with her theatrical group. She has been seen in innumerable TV shows and TV films. After moving to California, Jasmine Guy played the character of Kayla, one of Will Smith’s girlfriends in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ in 1991.
Jasmine Guy shot to fame with her association with the TV sitcom titled ‘A Different World’. She not only acted in the TV serial but also wrote few episodes and also directed one. She replaced the show’s original cast called Lisa Bonet who left the show due to some reasons. Jasmine Guy was also nominated and won NAACP Image award over 4 consecutive years from 1990 to 1993. This award was for her best acting in a comedy series.
Jasmine also ventured into the world of music and released her own music album.
Jasmine’s love associations
Jasmine was a dream girl; highly talented, beautiful, and hardworking. There were many male colleagues who wanted to have a relationship with her. During the filming of A Different World, Jasmine was said to be in a relationship with Dominic Hoffman. But she had a crush on Joe Morton. Talking about this affection and a soft corner for Joe, Jasmine had said:
“I don’t know if he had any idea what a crush I had on him. […] I had a rule with Kadeem that we would only kiss in front of the audience. Like, we wouldn’t kiss in the four days rehearsing.[…]. With Joe, I didn’t implement that rule.”
She was in a relationship with Terrence Duckett since a long time. On 22 August 1998, the couple tied the knot. They have a child out of this relationship; a daughter called Imani. However, after 10 years of married life, the couple split on 8 April 2008. Later, she was rumored to be dating Eddie Murphy but this could not be confirmed. Imani too has followed her mother’s footsteps and has joined the film industry in 2016.