Jaqueline Fleming is a Danish born American actress. She has acted in a number of films, including “Losing Isaiah” (1995), “Mr 3000” (2004), “Hair Show” (2004), “Last Holiday” (2006), “Just My Luck” (2006), “Enemies Among Us” (2010), “Red” (2010) and “The Ledge” (2011). She has also guest starred in many television series such as “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “The Andy Dick Show,” “CSI: Miami” and “Treme.” Prior to moving to Hollywood, Fleming was handed the Joseph Jefferson Award for her supporting turn in “The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman” (1996).
Childhood and Family:
Jaqueline Cherie Fleming was born on September 10, 1977, in Copenhagen, Denmark, to an African American father and a Danish German mother. Her mother passed away when she was 9 years old. Jaq went on to live with her military father in various cities such as New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, MO, which she considers as her true home. Her father would later marry five times and give Jaq about twenty siblings. Jaq completed high school in New York City and then earned a full academic scholarship to Webster University in St. Louis. She later received a degree in film and television from Columbia College in Chicago.
Jaqueline is the cousin of Football Hall of Famer, Kellen Winslow.
The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman
Jaqueline Fleming started performing at age 8 and by age 16, she had landed her first professional role in “For Colored Girls.” While living in Chicago, she appeared in a series of regional and national commercials, independent films and also landed print and voice over works. In 1995, Fleming made her big screen debut as Lisa in “Scenes for the Soul,” an independent film directed and written by George Tillman Jr. It was followed by a bit part as file cabinet girl in the film adaptation of Seth Margolis' book, “Losing Isaiah” (1995), starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, and a lead role in the indie film “Girlfriends” (1996), by Marlies Carruth. Still in 1996, Fleming performed in Marcia L. Leslie's play, “The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman” at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, and was handed the Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for her work. After working in “Love Jones” (1997), a drama film written and helmed by Theodore Witcher and starring Larenz Tate, Nia Long and Isaiah Washington, she decided to move to Los Angeles to further pursue her acting career.
After her arrival in Hollywood, Fleming landed guest spots in television series such as “The Good News” (1997, as Sharon Winston), “Sparks” (1997, as receptionist (voice)), “The Steve Harvey Show” (1998, as Jasmine), “In the House” (1998, as Sylvia), “Damon” (1998, as Ally), “The Jamie Foxx Show” (1998, as Jamie's Date) and “The Wayans Bros.” (1999). In 1998, she was cast in the award winning indie film “Park Day,” opposite Hill Harper, Monica Calhoun and Lande Scott.
Entering the new millennium, Fleming worked with E-40, D-Shot and Brian Hooks in the crime/drama film “Obstacles” (2000), where she played the role of Mia, with Tyrone Gibson, Adrian R'Mante and Kiko Ellsworth in “All or Nothing” (2001), a drama/musical film directed by Adida Jones, and with N.D. Brown and William L. Johnson in the short film “Our Journey” (2001). She also guest starred in “For Your Love” (2000, as Sabrina) and “The Andy Dick Show” (2001). 2003 saw her play Rachel in the direct to video drama/action film “Tara,” which was helmed by Leslie Small and starring Isaiah Washington, Ice-T and Guy Torry, support Brian Hooks, Kent King and Sticky Fingaz in a direct to video release, “Malibooty!,” and portray Sister Angela Marie in the Fred Williamson directed horror film “Vegas Vampires,” starring Jude Angelini, Rio Appling and Bonnie Joy Ashley.
In 2004, Fleming had a featured role in the sports comedy film “Mr 3000,” starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassetta. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was not a success at the box office. The same year, she also portrayed Margo in Leslie Small's “Hair Show,” starring Kellita Smith, Mo'Nique, David Ramsey, Gina Torres and Taraji P. Henson, and appeared as night nurse #2 in the made for television film “The Brooke Ellison Story,” starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Slattery and Lacey Chabert. Fleming resurfaced in 2006 with roles in the remake “Last Holiday,” directed by Wayne Wang and starring Queen Latifah, and the Lindsay Lohan/Chris Pine romance/comedy vehicle “Just My Luck,” for director Donald Petrie. The same year, she also appeared in an episode of “CSI: Miami” called “Social Worker.”
Next up for Fleming, she appeared in Don Abernathy's drama film, “Tournament of Dreams” (2007), with Tony Todd, Debbie Allen and Shakira Bryant, Christine Swanson's “All About Us” (2007), opposite Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Luke Swanson, Kenny Young's “Redrum” (2007), with Young, Jill Marie Jones and Reginald Ballard, Torrance Colvin's “Sister Switch” (2009), alongside Neenah Taylor, Destenee McKenzie and Kadeem Hardison, Robert Conway's “Sickle” (2010), opposite Anthony Casanova, Owen Conway and George I. Cortright, and Dan Garcia's “Enemies Among Us” (2010), starring Billy Zane, James DuMont and Robin Givens. She also played the role of Marna in “Red” (2010), an action/comedy film starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Karl Urban with Robert Schwentke directing a screenplay by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. The film earned mostly positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $186 million worldwide. On the small screen, Fleming appeared as Angela Nelson in two episodes of the television drama series “Treme,” which debuted on HBO on April 11, 2010, and as nurse in the ABC Family Original Movie “Revenge of the Bridesmaids” (2010), starring Raven-Symoné and Joanna Garcia.
Recently, in 2011, Fleming played the supporting role of Angela Lucetti in “The Ledge,” a drama/thriller movie directed and written by Matthew Chapman and starring Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard and Patrick Wilson. The film premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2011. The reviews for the film were largely negative. Besides, Fleming appeared as salesperson in “A Little Bit of Heaven” (2011), a romance/comedy film directed by Nicole Kassell and starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal.
Fleming has completed filming a supporting role on the upcoming thriller movie “Contraband,” which is slated for a 2012 release. The film will star Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale. She also will appear in Matthew Arnold's “Shadow People” (2011), Neema Barnette's “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” (2011, with Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal and Nicole Beharie) and Timur Bekmambetov's horror/thriller “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (2012, as Harriet Tubman).
Joseph Jefferson: Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play, “The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman,” 1996