Jasmine Guy is an American actress, singer, and dancer who portrays Sheila "Grams" Bennett on The Vampire Diaries. She is best known for her starring role as Whitley Gilbert in the television sitcom A Different World and Roxy in Dead Like Me.



Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy was born to an African American father and a Portuguese American mother on March 10, 1962, in Boston, Massachusetts. Guy was raised in the affluent historic Collier Heights neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the former Northside Performing Arts High School. Her mother's name is Jaye Rudolph, and her father, the Reverend William Guy, was pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta, which served as an early home to Morehouse College and Spelman College) She later studied dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City in 1981.

During the run of A Different World, she released her self-titled debut album in 1990, which spawned three singles: "Try Me", "Another Like My Lover", and "Just Want to Hold You." The album went on to sell 168,000 copies. In the spring of 2006, Jasmine Guy spoke to the graduating class at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and revealed that she will record a second album. She commented that of all the entertainment industries, the music industry was the worst. She will sell her new album online herself and not through a major label, similar to the marketing strategy used by Prince.

Personal life

She married Terrence Duckett in 1998. The couple have one child together, a girl named Imani, born in 1999. On April 8, 2008, people reported that the actress and her husband of nearly 10 years were divorcing due to irreconcilable differences.

Jasmine Guy was also a good friend of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, whom she met through her costar on A Different World, Jada Pinkett Smith. Guy collaborated with Shakur's mother, Afeni, to write a biography of her life as a former Black Panther. The book, "Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary," was published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster and received critical acclaim for its poignancy


Year Title Type Role
2009-2017 The Vampire Diaries TV Series Sheila Bennett
2017 The Quad TV Series Grace Caldwell
2016-2017 K.C. Undercover TV Series Erica Martin / Erica King
2016 The Substitute Spy G11
2016 Chasing Waterfalls TV Movie Salma
2016 Zoe Ever After TV Series Barbara Jean Johnson
2014-2015 If Loving You Is Wrong TV Series Mattaline
2014 Ir/Reconcilable Short Robye
2014 Big Stone Gap Leah Grimes
2014 My Other Mother TV Movie Evelyn
2013 Scary Movie 5 Kendra's Mom
2012 What About Us? Short Arlene Gomez
2012 Kasha and the Zulu King TV Movie Ngazi
2012 Let's Stay Together TV Series Jasmine Guy
2011 October Baby Nurse Mary
2011 Blossoms for Clara Short Clara Dukes
2010 Change in the Wind Bessie Jordan (voice)
2010 Drop Dead Diva TV Series Judge Nona Daniels
2010 Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming Janice
2009 My Parents, My Sister & Me TV Series Keela Goldman
2009 Dead Like Me: Life After Death Video Roxy Harvey
2008 Tru Loved Cynthia
2006 The Heart Specialist
2006 That's So Raven TV Series Pistáche
2003-2004 Dead Like Me TV Series Roxy Harvey
2002 The Parkers TV Series Delilah
2002 Cyberchase TV Series Ava, Queen of Symmetria
2001 Dying on the Edge Micki
2001 Feast of All Saints TV Movie Juliet Mercier
2000 Diamond Men Tina
2000 The Law of Enclosures
1998-2000 Linc's TV Series Courtney Goode / Courtney
1995-2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child TV Series Frog Princess Lylah / Jonae
1999 Lillie Sylvia
1999 Ladies Man TV Series Allegra
1999 Any Day Now TV Series
1999 Guinevere Linda
1999 Partners TV Series Amanda
1998 Madeline
1997 Malcolm & Eddie TV Series Paige
1997 Perfect Crime TV Movie Capt. Darnell Russell
1997 Cats Don't Dance Sawyer (voice)
1995-1997 Touched by an Angel TV Series Kathleen
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV Series Angela Winters
1996 The Outer Limits TV Series Captain Teri Washington
1996 America's Dream TV Movie Elna Du Vaul
1996 Living Single TV Series Dr. Jessica Bryce
1995 Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger TV Movie (voice)
1995 Klash Blossom
1995 NYPD Blue TV Series LaVonna Runnels
1995 Melrose Place TV Series Caitlin Mills
1993 Boy Meets Girl TV Movie Lena
1987-1993 A Different World TV Series Whitley Gilbert
1993 Queen TV Mini-Series Easter
1992 Stompin' at the Savoy TV Movie Alice
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV Series Kayla Samuels
1990 A Killer Among Us TV Movie Theresa Hopkins
1989 Harlem Nights Dominique La Rue
1989 Runaway TV Movie Charlene 'Charlie'
1989 Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl Video Jasmine Guy (uncredited)
1988 School Daze Dina
1987 At Mother's Request TV Mini-Series Bank Teller
1986 The Equalizer TV Series Gloria
1982 Fame TV Series Fame Dancer




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