Vivica.A Fox

  1. Michael Michele, New Jack City, 1990.    “Give the kid a shot,” said Clint Eastwood when the worried Warner suits asked him if his  Heartbreak Ridge co-star, Mario Van Peebles, was up to actor-directing the crime movie. Mario said much the same about Michael for the Selina role…
  2. Vanessa Williams, New Jack City, 1990. …and  idem for Williams  as Keisha. Fox went on to a career that knocked the other two girls out of the park – 180 screen roles during 1965-2018. Including Tarantino’s Kill Bills. And Eastwood was right. “There is no sense that this movie wants to play it safe,” said Chicago crtiic Roger Ebert. “This is the movie where [Van Peebles] comes of age as a director.”
  3. Tyra Banks, Higher Learning, 1995. At first, auteur John Singleton fancied Fox as Deja. Before he met Banks and this became the super top model’s feature film debut. The following year, Fox sent up the whole Singelton ethos with Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood. 
  4. Aaliyah, Queen of the Damned, 2001.   What were they thinking?  Cher was hardly going to agree to be a (26 minute) supporting act to the vampire Lestat…!   Particularly in such a mish-mash of two Anne Rice novels. rushed into action before Warner Bros’ rights ran out.  She would have been  great, of course. However, director Michael Rymer decided Queen Akasha  should  be black. He saw all the inevitables: Halle Berry, Rosario Dawson, Vivica A Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vanessa Williams, plus newcomers JenNa Dewan and Samanatha Mumba…  But  Aaliyah was at her short-lived zenith.  Having survived marriage to the odious R Kelly (at 15; the certification saying 18), she tragically died  in a  Bahamas plane crash soon after shooting wrapped.  She was just  22.

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