Regina King with her Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California, Sunday, February 24, 2019. Photo by Frederic J. Brown.
 
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Regina King
Forecourt Ceremony held on Thursday, October 28, 2021
 
Born: Regina Rene King, January 15, 1971, in Los Angeles, California
Age at the time of the ceremony: 50
 
Working in both films and television, Regina King has emerged from a long acting career to become one of the most visible (and bankable) actor / directors working today.

Regina's mother Gina was a special education treacher; her father Thomas, an electrician. She and younger sister Reina grew up in Windsor Hills, a rather well-to-do suburb in the Baldwin Hills of Los Angeles. After her parents divorced in 1979, Gina and the girls moved to Westchester, where they all began the rounds of getting the girls acting lessons and getting them before casting people.

At 14, something about Regina must have appealed to Marla Gibbs, star and producer of her The Jefferson's sipnoff show 227. King was cast as Gibbs' daughter Brenda Jenkins for 112 episodes (all but four), airing over NBC from September 1985 to May 1990. During this time, she graduated from Westchester High in 1988 and began study at USC.

King worked on the breakthrough films of director John Singleton, first as Shalika in Boyz n the Hood, with Cuba Gooding Jr. (released in July 1991), then AsIesha in Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson (released in July 1993), and finally, as Marah in Higher Learning with Jennifer Connelly (released in January 1995).

After trying her hand at everal comedies such as Friday with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker (released in April 1995) and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (released in April 1996), King got a part that got her plenty of notice. She played Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife Marcee in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise (released in December 1996).

Meanwhile, King was in there with the gals in How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett (released in August 1998), and she got her first lead billing in Down to Earth with Chris Rock (which played the Chinese in February 2001). She played Eddie Murphy 's wife Kim in Daddy Day Care (released in May 2003).

King got some exposure all around. She played the role of backup singer Margie Hendricks in the Ray Chales biopic Ray with Jamie Foxx (released in October 2004); she guested as Sandra Palmer on nine episodes of 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, aired over Fox in January 2007; was in This Christmas with Columbus Short (released in November 2007); and was in Our Family Wedding with Forest Whitaker (released in March 2010).

King then starred in a number of high-profile television projects. She starred as LA Police Detective Lydia Adams in all 43 episodes of Southland, aired over NBC and TNT from April 2009 to April 2013, then voiced a double role as twin boys Riley and Huey Freeman for all 56 episodes of the animated series The Boondocks, aired over Cartoon Network from November 2005 to June 2014. King was Erika Murphy in the ensemble cast for 11 episodes of The Leftovers, aired over HBO from October 2015 to April 2017.

In the show American Crime, aired over ABC, King played three characters, beginning with Aliyah Shadeed in March 2015, then played Terri LaCroix in January 2016, and then Kimara Walters from March 2017 to April 2017, winning the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Limited Series twice, in 2015 and 2016.

King did not stop there. For playing Latrice Butler in the mini series Seven Seconds with Clare-Hope Ashitey, streamed over Netflix in February 2018, King won the Lead Actress in a Limited Series Emmy again in 2018. For playing Sharon Rivers If Beale Street Could Talk with KiKi Lane playing her sister (released in December 2018), King won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. For King taking the starring role of Angela Abar in the remake of Watchmen aired over HBO in October 2019, King won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Limited Series once more in 2020.

But it doesn't stop there. King began to direct music videos in 2010, eventually directing one episode of her show Southland, aired in March 2013. She co-directed the documentary Story of a Village (released in 2014) and has directed episodes of Being Mary Jane in 2015, Scandal in 2016, This Is Us in 2017 and The Good Doctor in 2018. King received a Director's Guild nomination for her stunning film One Night in Miami with Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X (released in December 2020). We have the feeling that more directing projects will be in the future.

Just prior to the release of her performance as Trudy Smith in The Harder They Fall with Jonathan Majors (released in October 2021 and streaming over Netflix in November 2021), King was asked to come down to the Chinese Theatre for her imprints.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Regina King Forecourt ceremony, Thursday, October 28, 2021. A barefoot Regina King reacts to the feel of wet cement.
 
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