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Essence Atkins


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Birth Name: Essence Atkins
Born: 02/07/1972
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA

Born Essence Uhura Atkins in New York City - the "Uhura" a nod to the groundbreaking role played by African-American actress Nichelle Nichols on "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-1969) - Atkins trained as a dancer while attending the Professional Children's School in Manhattan. An opportunity to appear on "The Cosby Show" and a realistic assessment of the sacrifice needed for the short career of a dancer led her to shift her focus to acting. Soon enough, Atkins was guest-starring on several television shows throughout the early 1990s. However, her first opportunity as a series cast member was short-lived, as the show, "Under One Roof," a mid-season replacement about an African-American family living in... Continue Bio >>


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