Garcelle Beauvais, Famous Haitian

Haitian born Garcelle Beauvais is a veritable diamond 'from' the rough, her rise in the business of show a true testament that dreams born on Haitian soil can come true. The 46 year old actress, singer and model got her start at 16 when she was signed to the Ford modeling agency. It was her first big break, and it came about after the divorce of parents Axel Jean Pierre and Marie-Claire provided a move that would change her life.

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Her mother, a nurse, left the island with Garcelle and her six older siblings and relocated to Massachusetts. After leaving her lawyer father and country of birth behind Garcelle, then seven, experienced severe culture shock. She learned to adjust and picked up English by watching popular American kids shows, perhaps fueling her inspiration for future on-screen success.

It wasn't until a subsequent move to Miami as a teenager that Garcelle's career began to take shape. As a model, she booked campaigns for Mary Kay, Clairol, and Avon, graced the covers of Essence and Ebony Magazine, and walked for Calvin Klein. Small roles in TV shows like 'Miami Vice' and 'The Cosby Show', a lead role in the short-lived 'Model Inc', and appearances in movies like 'Coming to America' and 'Wild Wild West' groomed her for her most famous role; that of Francesca 'Fancy' Monroe alongside future Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx on his eponymously titled show. She also appeared in music videos with R. Kelly and Luther Vandross.

Voted one of 'The Ten Sexiest Women' in 2001 by readers of Black Men Magazine, the mother of three has famously pushed the envelope by appearing nude in 'Playboy Magazine'... while pregnant.

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