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Tisha Campbell Biography


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Birth Name: Tisha Campbell
Born: 10/13/1968
Birth Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA


Born Tisha Michelle Campbell on Oct. 13, 1968 in Oklahoma City, OK, she was the daughter of Mona, a nurse, and Clifton, a factory worker. Campbell-Martin and her three siblings were raised in Newark, NJ and it was there that she received her start as a performer by singing in the church choir as a small child. Campbell made her first television appearance at the age of eight with an episode of the children's show "Big Blue Marble" (PBS, 1974-1983), which followed her as she took singing lessons from her mother and performed at a jazz concert in New York's Greenwich Village. While still in her early teens, the aspiring young performer was performing in off-Broadway stage productions such as "Betsy Brown" and "Really Rosie." After graduating from Newark Arts High School, Campbell-Martin made her feature film debut as part of the "Greek chorus" in "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986), a musical remake of the horror comedy originally directed by Roger Corman. Encouraged by the work and ready to pursue her chosen profession in earnest, Campbell-Martin made the move to Los Angeles, where she was cast as one of five girls adopted by Joseph Bologna on the short-lived sitcom "Rags to Riches" (NBC, 1987-88).

Cambell-Martin's follow-up came with Spike Lee's collegiate musical comedy feature "School Daze" (1988), which showcased both Campbell's singing and acting skills. She went on to appear as one of a group of New York teens living and dancing on "Rooftops" (1989) and picked up a minor role in the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte action comedy sequel "Another 48 Hrs." (1990). As her career gained momentum, she landed the role of Sidney, the girlfriend of Kid (Christopher Reid), in the Hudlin Brothers' raucous teen comedy "House Party" (1990). Behind the camera she choreographed the dance battle scene in the film, and reprised the character of Sidney in each of the franchise's sequels. The following year, Eddie Murphy promoted her to wise-cracking ex-girlfriend in the comedy "Boomerang" (1992), before she joined the cast of "Martin" (Fox, 1992-97) as Gina, the intelligent and strong-willed girlfriend of blustery man-child Martin Lawrence. In late 1996, Campbell walked off the show after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against co-star Lawrence and the show's producers. However, by March 1997 she had settled the matter out of court and returned for the show's final three episodes, with the stipulation that she not appear in any scenes alongside the series' titular star.

Campbell-Martin provided one of the voices for the animal stars of the family adventure sequel "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco" (1996), and displayed her singing skills once more in Rusty Cundieff's romantic comedy "Sprung" (1997). Cast on yet another successful series, she played Damon Wayan's career-minded, level-headed wife Janet on the family sitcom "My Wife & Kids" (ABC, 2001-05), a role that won her BET Comedy and NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. A few years later, Campbell-Martin juxtaposed that character with a brief turn as Craig Robinson's angry, berating spouse in the Kevin Smith comedy feature "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (2008). That same year she made a series of appearances as the obnoxious neighbor, Peaches, on the Chris Rock sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN/The CW, 2005-09), and signed up as a fulltime cast member on the short-lived "Rita Rocks" (Lifetime, 2008-09). Other roles included a turn as the nurturing detention hall administrator and music teacher, Miss Reznick, in the teen empowerment high school musical "Lemonade Mouth" (Disney Channel, 2011).

By Bryce Coleman