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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 LifeEdit

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


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