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Vanessa Bell Calloway Biography

Vanessa Bell Calloway is an American actress and dancer best known for her role as Princess Imani Izzi (Eddie Murphy’s arranged wife) in the 1988 comedy Coming to America. She is an eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Age

She was born on 20 March 1957, Toledo, Ohio, United States. She is age 62 years as of 2019.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Mother

Her mother is Beverly Bell.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway Husband

She got married to Anthony Calloway in 1988.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Daughters

She has two daughters with husband Anthony namely Ashley Calloway, Alexandra Calloway.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Sister

She has a sister by name Elaine Folayan.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of  $600 thousand.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Height

She is 5 feet 5 inch tall.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway Movies




1987 Number One with a Bullet Woman
1988 Coming to America Imani Izzi
1989 Death Spa Marci Hewitt
1992 Bébé’s Kids Jamika
1992 Why Colors?
1993 What’s Love Got to Do with It Jackie
1994 The Inkwell Francis Phillips
1995 Crimson Tide Julia Hunter
1996 Daylight Grace Calloway
1996 The Cherokee Kid Abby Holsopple
1998 Archibald the Rainbow Painter Diana
1998 When It Clicks Catherine Douglass
2001 The Brothers Dr. Thelma Woolridge
2001 All About You Donna
2002 Dawg Christine Hodges
2003 Biker Boyz Anita
2003 Love Don’t Cost a Thing Vivian Johnson
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Diana Philips
2007 Stompin’ Mrs. Jackson
2008 Lakeview Terrace Aunt Dorrie
2009 Truly Blessed Lynda
2009 Aussie and Ted’s Great Adventure Mrs. Jones
2009 The Killing of Wendy Wendy
2012 The Undershepherd Deaconess Carter
2012 The Last Fall Marie Bishop
2012 The Obama Effect Molly Thomas
2012 A Beautiful Soul Guardian Angel
2013 Holla II Marion
2015 Message from a Mistress Heather
2015 The Preacher’s Son Elena
2015 The Bounce Back Ellen
2015 Medicine Men Eve
2015 LAPD African Cops
2015 Hustle vs. Heartache Hustle’s Mother
2016 Southside with You Marian Shields Robinson
2018 Unbroken: Path to Redemption Lila Burkholder
TBA Harriet

Vanessa Bell Calloway Coming To America

She acted as Eddie Murphy’s wife in the 1988 comedy coming to America.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Shameless

She played recurring roles in the film Shameless in 1995.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Real

She acted as Trina’s Mother in 2015 Real Husbands of Hollywood film,”When Kevin Met Salli”. 2015, Hand of God, Eunetta Graham, 2 episodes.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Biker Boyz

She was a  co-star in Biker Boyz film.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway Interview

A One-Woman Show: Vanessa Bell Calloway as Zora Neale Hurston  
May 10, 2018

Vanessa Bell Calloway, actress known for her role in Coming to America and recurring role in the television show Shameless, spoke to the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper about her upcoming one-woman show Letters from Zora.  Letters from Zora, produced by Gabrielle Denise Pina and directed by Anita Dashell-Sparks, unveils the intimate life of writer Zora Neale Hurston.   

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL NEWSPAPER (LAS) This is a major figure to take on. How did this entire process begin?

VANESSA BELL CALLOWAY (VBS)Gabrielle Pina wrote the playwright so beautifully.  We had the opportunity to look at Zora’s letters.   The show was originally for one night, but I told her we must keep going.  People need to see this. I call it a ninety-minute poem. For me as an actress, the words resonated.  Research played a major role in designing this play.  There were tons of pictures of Zora that helped me gain a better perspective. People have done projects on Zora, but nothing this intimate.

LAS: Through your research, what fact stood out the most about Zora?

VBS: That I found the most entertaining was her love life.  She wrote some deep letters about her lovers.  No one could bring her down!  Once you see the play you will learn.  She wrote over a thousand letters.  The letters are the true center piece.  Her life is intertwined and told by these letters.

Calloway brings writer Zora Neal Hurston’s character to life in her one-woman show, “Letters from Zora.” (courtesy photo)

LAS: As an actress you are thrown many roles. What made you want to do this specific role?

VBS: Me and Gabby met through our sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.  She asked me to read.  When I first got the material, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was.   If you would’ve told me ten years ago that I would do a piece on Zora Neal Hurston, I would not believe it.   I’ve always wanted a one-woman piece.  I never wanted a one-woman show strictly about my life and this was a subject I could gravitate towards. It was such a blessing from God that I got this piece.

LAS:  You also have a history of dancing.  How much has dancing impacted your acting?

VBS: became a storyteller early in my life through dancing.   Dancing is telling a story without words.  I had to display the mood of the piece and the intention of the choreographer.   It was a natural progression to become an actress.  I’m constantly looking at the correlations.   It’s not only the physical but also the energy.  Dance has always been a critical part of my life. It just works for me.

LAS:  What goes through your mind before the play begins?  What type of preparations do you have?

VBS: I go over my lines.  I never become tired of doing that.  I do it until it becomes second nature.  I listen to certain types of music too.  I like to listen to something melancholy because it puts my body in the right mood for certain moments in the show. I must let my body prepare for emotional scenes.

Calloway show casing her acting abilities. (courtesy photo)

LAS: What is the overall end goal you want the audience to leave with?

VBSPeople who come to the show may know little about Zora.  Everybody will leave learning more about her life.  People have left the show crying.  They tell me they never knew how amazing she was personally. I want people to leave enthralled and engaged and connected.  They can either connect to me or connect to her or her message. I’m happy people have a renewed perspective about her life.

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