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Do you need the motivation to excel at what you do or a mentor to keep you going? then you may not need to go for seminars paying dollars to inspirational speakers on the subject, you’ve got the perfect mentor in Paula Jai Parker, all you need to do is to read her story.
Still wondering who she is? let me refresh your memory a bit. Remember Trudy Proud in the Disney’s channel animated comedy series, ‘The proud family’? then you have met the queen of comedy loud and clear, she is the voice behind the character.
Paula perfectly combines her role as an actress, singer, songwriter, director, mother, and wife just perfectly okay. She’s a whole funny bunch who’ll leave you bursting at the rims with her humorous lifestyle on just a five minutes date with her. There is never a dull moment with her. Learn more about her in the following paragraphs:
Paula Jai Parker – Bio
The multi-talented actress was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 16, 1969. She moved to Washington DC in 1987 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Arts at the famous Howard University.
Paula tried out a whole lot of things as regards her career and that’s why her awards can fill a whole book. After graduating from Howard University, she moved to New York so she could perform in comedy clubs. Between 1992 and 1993 Paula performed at the famous Fox comedy titled the Apollo comedy hour, she also filmed live at the Apollo Theater and afterward was a cast member on the now extinct live show Townsend Television.
She made her first Career debut in the movie Cosmic Shop where she played a role as Tang and afterward won herself the Cable ACE award for best actress in a drama in 1994. As if on cue, Paula was lucky again in the following year, when she made an appearance on the urban comedy movie called Friday playing the role of Joi.
Paula Jai Parker Subsequently became a sort out actress making appearances in a lot of movies and songs in the 1990s. Some of them include as Sissy Johnson in the horror anthology ‘Tales from the hood’ in 1995, as a Drunk Party girl in the movie ‘Don’t be a menace to North Central’ in 1996; also in 1996 she featured in ‘Get on the bus’ acting as Jamila, then as Lisa in the movie ‘Riot’ in 1997, also as Adina in the urban comedy ‘Sprung’ in the same year.
In 1998, she featured in the movie ‘Always outnumbered’, as Claudette in the romantic comedy ‘Woo’i n 1998, as Paula King in ‘Why do fools fall in love’, as Ann in ‘The Break’ (1999). Paula was the girl Stephanie in ’30 years to life’ in 2001, she starred as Gracie in ‘High life’s in 2001, also as Felicia in ‘Phone Booth in 2002. When we thought we had seen enough of her, in 2003 Paula Jai Parker wowed us again as Sara in ‘Love Chronicles’, as Rolonda in ‘My baby’s Daddy’s, as Evelyn in the comedy-drama ‘She hates me’ both in 2004. She also played Ruth Brown in the biological film ‘Ray’ in 2004.
She has starred in several other movies including ‘Animal’, ‘Idlewild’, ‘Genius Club’, ‘King of the Underground’, ‘Cover’, ‘Life of a King’ and lots more. In fact, Paula has featured in more movies than anyone can even remember.
Paula Jai Parker won the women film critic circle award for Best comedic performance in the movie ‘Hustle & Flow’ in 2005. Apart from acting, she also sings, directs and writes songs.
Just like other big Hollywood actresses, Paula Jai Parker has amassed wealth for herself from her numerous acting roles as well as from singing. Her net worth is currently estimated between $150, 000 to $200, 000. This, of course, is an estimate and is most likely to be far more than this.
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Husband, Family, Siblings
There is no information about her parents and early childhood. Paula may have siblings she grew up with but right now there are no details about them
Paula Jai Parker doesn’t just make people laugh, there’s a man who’s been laughing the whole time with her since 2004 and that is non-other than her husband Forrest Martin. They met first on set during her acting in the award-winning movie Hustle & Flow.
Before then, Forrest had graduated with a Masters in Arts and was working as an intern. They went out together for a while before eventually tying the knot in a private ceremony in 2004.
She has successfully built her family alongside her husband Forrest since 2004. It is obvious that they are very much happy and successful too. Paula and Forrest have a son named Onederful Vanglorious Jaxon N’Krumah Martin whom they adore so much.