"A great figure or physique is nice, but it's self-confidence that makes someone really sexy." Vivica A. Fox
First noticed as Will Smith's girlfriend in the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day (1996), Vivica A. Fox then gained praise for her performance in the family drama Soul Food (1997, with Vanessa Williams and Nia Long) and earned wide recognition as assassin Vernita Green in the Quentin Tarantino vehicle, the box-office hit Kill Bill (2003, starring Uma Thurman). Fox’s other films include Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998), Idle Hands (1999), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Two Can Play That Game (2001), Juwanna Mann (2002) and Ella Enchanted (2004). She is currently starring in the hit Lifetime network show, 1-800-Missing, and will appear in the upcoming films Getting Played and Citizen Duane.
5' 7" tall, bright-eyed Vivica A. Fox, who has 35D-24-37 measurements, was on VH1's “100 Hottest Hotties” list, People magazine’s “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World” (1997), Black Men Magazine’s "The 10 Sexiest Women " (2001) and VH1’s “The 40 Hottest Hotties over 40" (2005). As for her private life, the x-wife of rapper Christopher Harvest (a.k.a. “6-9”; “Six-Nine”), was linked to basketball pro player Elden Campbell (played for L.A. Lakers; born on July 23, 1968; dated in early 1990s) and had a short-lived relationship with rapper 50 Cent in 2003.
Childhood and Family:
On July 30, 1964, Vivica Anjanetta Fox was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to parents William (prep-school dean; divorced in 1968) and Everlyena (pharmaceutical technician). The youngest child of the family, Vivica has two older brothers and one older sister. Vivica, nicknamed Angie, attended high school in Indianapolis and graduated in 1982. She went to Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, and graduated with an Associate Art degree in Social Sciences.
In January of 1998, Fox became engaged to rapper Christopher Harvest (a.k.a. “6-9”; “Six-Nine”) and exchanged wedding vows on December 19, 1998. However, the couple divorced four years later on June 29, 2002.
While working as a waitress in a Sunset Boulevard restaurant, Vivica A. Fox caught the attention of Paramount producer Trevor Walton, who later signed her to an agent. She subsequently began appearing on television, playing character Carmen Silva (1988) in the long-running drama soap "Days of Our Lives" (1988) and portrayed the recurring character of Maya Davis on NBC’s daytime soap "Generations" (1989-1991). She was also spotted as a guest in two episodes of "China Beach" (in late 1988) and in an episode of "Who's the Boss?" (October 1989).
Oliver Stone's adaptation of Ron Kovic's book, the biopic Born on the Fourth of July (1989, starring Tom Cruise) was Fox's screen debut work, in which she played a hooker. However, Fox spent the following years on the small screen and had a primetime guest spot in Will Smith’s popular sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (playing Janet, a beautiful but venomous date), and appeared in an episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210." She later won the regular role of Charisse Chamberlain, the fashion stylist daughter to Patti LaBelle’s character, in the NBC’s brief-lived sitcom "Out All Night" (1992). In 1995, Fox appeared in the HBO movie The Tuskegee Airmen and played the recurring role of Dr. Stephanie Simmons (1995) on CBS's daytime soap "The Young and the Restless."
After several years, another big screen job arrived in 1996 with a small role in the urban, coming-of-age film, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (starring writers-actors Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans). That same year, Fox nabbed her breakout role as Jasmine Dubrow, the exotic dancer, single mother, and girlfriend to star Will Smith’s Steve Hiller in Roland Emmerich's sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day. Her performance gave her a MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Will Smith) and a Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Genre Motion Picture. Fox was also nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards.
Following her breakthrough performance, Fox nabbed major roles. She teamed with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise to rob an L.A bank in F. Gary Gray's crime action Set It Off (1996) and with Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson and Tamala Jones in Jeff Pollack's romantic comedy Booty Call (1997). She was also cast to play the feature supporting role of the dangerously seductive character Ms. B. Haven, in Joel Schumacher's high-profile sequel Batman & Robin (1997, starring George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell). Meanwhile, TV audiences watched Fox costarring with Arsenio Hall, playing Vicki Atwood, in his short-running ABC sitcom "Arsenio."
Fox garnered praise for her portrayal as one of three sisters in writer-director George Tillman Jr.'s family drama Soul Food (1997, costarring with Vanessa Williams and Nia Long). She won a Black Film Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a MTV Movie Award and NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. Afterward, Fox returned to TV. She appeared as the Queen of Sheba in the television film Solomon, as Robyn Buckley in the Fox sitcom "Getting Personal" and as Sara Anderson in the TV movie A Saintly Switch (1999, a.k.a. In Your Shoes).
In the late 1990s, moviegoers watched Fox play Elizabeth 'Mickey' Waters, one of the wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in Why Do Fools Fall in Love (with Halle Berry, Larenz Tate and Lela Rochon) and as Debi LeCure, a druid priestess hunting down the evil forces in a small town, in Idle Hands (alongside Jessica Alba). She also costarred as Miss Gold in the feature film Teaching Mrs. Tingle, with Helen Mirren, Molly Ringwald, Katie Holmes and Barry Watson.
Fox spent the new millennium working in the TV movie Hendrix and playing Dr. Lillian Price in the first 13 episodes of the CBS medical drama "City of Angels." On the big screen, she could be seen in Kingdom Come (playing LL Cool J's wife), Two Can Play That Game (with Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union) and Little Secrets. She then starred opposite Miguel A. Nunez Jr., playing WNBA star Michelle Langford, in the basketball drama Juwanna Mann and with Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz and Roselyn Sanchez in the dismal comedy Boat Trip (both in 2002).
2003 witnessed Fox revived with the role of assassin Vernita Green in writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s box office hit Kill Bill (starring Uma Thurman), which was released in two Volumes: “Kill Bill Vol. 1" in 2003 and "Kill Bill Vol.2" in 2004. During that time, Fox starred in Ride or Die (alongside Duane Martin), Motives (Fox also produced), Ella Enchanted (as Fairy Lucinda) and Blast (alongside Eddie Griffin). She also continued to act on TV, playing FBI Agent Nicole Scott (2004) in the second season of the Lifetime channel‘s 1-800-Missing (Fox is also the show's co-producer), with Caterina Scorsone and Mark Consuelos. Additionally, Fox had appeared in two episodes of "Alias," playing Toni Cummings in February and May 2004.
In 2005, Fox played a role in The Salon. She just completed her upcoming film, writer-director David Silberg's romantic comedy Getting Played, and is currently filming Michael Mabbott's drama comedy Citizen Duane (starring Douglas Smith), in which she will play Miss Houston. Adding to her screen performance, Fox had performed on stage in "In the Abyss of Coney Island" and "Generations of the Dead" in Los Angeles.
- Soul Train Lady of Soul: The Lena Horne Award for Outstanding Career Achievements, 2003
- Acapulco Black Film Festival: Black Film Award - Best Actress, Soul Food, 1998
- MTV Movie: Best Kiss, Independence Day, shared with Will Smith, 1997
- Universe Reader's Choice: Best Supporting Actress In A Genre Motion
Picture, Independence Day, 1996