Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash

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Dash at CPAC, 2016.
Born Stacey Lauretta Dash
(1966-01-20) January 20, 1966 (age 52) or
(1967-01-20) January 20, 1967 (age 51)
(sources differ)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation
Years active 1982–present
Known for Amber Evans – Mo’ Money
Dionne Davenport – Clueless
Political party Democratic
(before 2012)
Republican
(2012–present)
Spouse(s) Brian Lovell
(m. 1999; div. mid–2000s)
James Maby
(m. 2005; div. 2006)
Emmanuel Xuereb
(m. 2007 or 2009; div. 2011)
Children 2
Relatives Damon Dash (cousin)
Darien Dash (nephew)

Stacey Lauretta Dash[1] (born January 20, 1966[2][3] or 1967[4][5]) is an American actress and former talk show host. Dash is known for her co–starring role as Dionne Marie Davenport in the 1995 feature film Clueless and its eponymous television series.[3] She has also appeared in films such as Moving, Mo’ Money, Renaissance Man and View from the Top. Other television work by Dash includes appearances in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Single Ladies and the reality TV show Celebrity Circus. She has also appeared in music videos for Carl Thomas‘ “Emotional” and Kanye West‘s “All Falls Down“.

Early life[edit]

Born in The Bronx borough of New York City,[1] Dash is of Bajan, African American and Mexican descent.[6] She is the daughter of a Mexican-American mother Linda Dash (née Lopez;[1][7] d. 2017)[8] and Dennis Dash, an African American.[7] Dash has a stepfather, Cecil Holmes, and a younger brother, Darien Dash,[1] who is the founder of DME Interactive, the first publicly traded African American-led Internet company.[9][1] Her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records.[10] Dash attended Paramus High School, graduating in 1985.[11][12]

Career[edit]

Dash made her first television appearance in the NBC crime drama pilot Farrell: For the People starring Valerie Harper and Ed O’Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode.[13] Her first notable appearance was as Michelle in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode “Denise’s Friend“.[4] Dash’s first substantial television role was in the 1988 series TV 101. The series was canceled after 13 episodes. Dash’s first major film role was in the Richard Pryor comedy Moving in 1988. She also had sizable roles in Mo’ Money and Renaissance Man during this time. In 1995, Dash starred as a femme fatale in the low-budget film Illegal in Blue. Dash received her big break with the 1995 teen comedy film Clueless. Dash played Cher’s high school best friend Dionne Davenport, although Dash was twenty-eight at the time. In 1996, the film spawned a television spin-off of the same name, in which Dash reprised her role as Dionne. The series ran from 1996 to 1999.

After the television series ended, she appeared in View from the Top (2003) and smaller budget films, including Gang of Roses (2003), and Getting Played (2005). She also has appeared in small guest roles on television shows such as Eve and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Dash played Vanessa Weir in the television series The Strip, which was not successful and was canceled after several episodes. In 2001, Dash was featured in a music video by Carl Thomas for the single “Emotional“. In 2004, Dash was featured in a music video by Kanye West, labelmate of her cousin Damon Dash, for the single “All Falls Down“. Dash posed nude in the August 2006 issue of Playboy. Also in 2006, she was featured in singer Marques Houston‘s video for “Favorite Girl“. In 2006, she launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.[14] In 2007, she completed filming roles in I Could Never Be Your Woman, Nora’s Hair Salon II, Fashion Victim, Ghost Image and American Primitive. For 2008 release, she filmed Phantom Punch, Secrets of a Hollywood Nurse, and Close Quarters. Dash performed in the 2008 reality television series Celebrity Circus. Prior to the series premiere, Dash suffered a broken rib while training. Despite the injury, Dash performed on the trapeze bungee during the premiere and continued on to be a finalist. Dash finished second behind Antonio Sabàto, Jr.

Dash appeared as a recurring character on the television series The Game in early 2009. In 2011, Dash starred in the first season of VH1‘s first scripted series, Single Ladies, playing Valerie “Val” Stokes, described as a “‘good girl’ looking for a good man”.[15] On August 31, 2011, it was reported that she would leave the series in order to focus on her family.[16][17][18] In 2012, Dash starred as Lisa, the female lead in the film Dysfunctional Friends.[19] In 2012, Dash was featured in Funny or Die and YouTube broadcast trailers and shorts for her web series Stacey Dash Is Normal.[20] The scripted series launched in 2013.[21]

On May 28, 2014, Fox News announced that Dash had been hired as a contributor for “cultural analysis and commentary.”[22] On the December 7, 2015 edition of Outnumbered, Dash made a remark about President Barack Obama‘s address regarding Islamic terrorism that took place the day before, suggesting the president didn’t “give a shit” about terrorism. Due to this remark, the network suspended her without pay for two weeks.[23] In 2016, Dash received criticism when she argued that the BET Awards lied to black people about news regarding the boycotting of the Oscars due to lack of ethnic diversity, and called for an end to Black History Month.[24] She made a cameo at the 88th Academy Awards repeating this sentiment.[25] In addition, she criticized Jesse Williams‘s speech at the BET Awards.[26] On January 21, 2017, Fox News announced that Dash’s contract would not be renewed.[27][28]

Politics[edit]

Dash in 2013.

Dash voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[29] In 2012 she switched her party affiliation from Democratic to Republican[30] and endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In response to derogatory online comments she received for supporting Romney, Dash stated it was her opinion[31] and that she did not understand the vitriol.[29] Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan thanked Dash for supporting his ticket.[29]

Since the 2012 election, Dash has publicly expressed her political views. In April 2013, she criticized hip hop singers Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s trip to Cuba.[32] In 2016, with regard to the debate over use of gender-specific bathrooms, she said that transgender rights “infringe upon [her own]”.[33] Dash writes a blog for Patheos.com.[34] Dash supported Republican candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[35]

On February 26, 2018, Dash filed to run in California’s 44th congressional district in the 2018 Congressional Election as a Republican.[36] On joining the race, Dash said she wanted to “free people from the shackles of a plantation mentality.”[37] Dash announced her withdrawal from the congressional race on March 30, 2018.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Dash has been married three times and has two children. She married producer Brian Lovell on July 16, 1999[2] and they divorced in the mid-2000s[3][39] The two have a daughter, Lola (born 2003).[39] From 2005 to 2006, Dash was married to British executive James Maby, CEO of Sports Logistics.[40] In 2007,[4] or 2009,[39] Dash married actor Emmanuel Xeureb. She filed for divorce in January 2010 and it was finalized in September 2011.[41][39] Dash has a son named Austin, born in 1991 from her relationship with singer Christopher Williams.[3][39]

Dash has spoken openly about past traumas in her personal life. She has at various times revealed that she was molested as a child by a family friend, was addicted to cocaine in her teens and 20s, and has a history of being with physically and emotionally abusive partners.[42] Dash has attributed her openness with such topics to her desire to be honest with her children, feeling that being honest is the best way to protect them, and to let them and others know that she is not a victim but a survivor.[42] She is supportive of the right to keep and bear arms, crediting a gun with saving her life after being sexually assaulted at gunpoint by an ex-boyfriend, because she was able to retrieve her own weapon, a .22 revolver, and shoot at him, scaring him away.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Enemy Territory Antoinette “Toni” Briggs
1988 Moving Casey Pear
1989 Tennessee Waltz Minnie
1992 Mo’ Money Amber Evans
1994 Renaissance Man Pvt. Miranda Myers
1995 Clueless Dionne Davenport
1995 Illegal in Blue Kari Truitt Video
1997 Cold Around the Heart Bec Rosenberg
1999 Personals Leah
2001 The Painting Hallie Gilmore at 18
2002 Paper Soldiers Tamika
2003 View from the Top Angela Samona
2003 Gang of Roses Kim
2003 Ride or Die Real Venus Video
2004 All Falls Down Kanye West’s Girlfriend Video
2005 Lethal Eviction Amanda Winters
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Brianna Minx
2007 Ghost Image Alicia Saunders
2008 Christmas Break Smokin’ Woman Short film
2008 Nora’s Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Simone
2008 Fashion Victim Cara Wheeler
2008 Phantom Punch Geraldine Liston
2009 Wild About Harry Joy Crowley
2009 Chrome Angels Lady
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Lisa
2012 House Arrest Chanel
2013 Blue Butterflies Faith Short film
2014 Lap Dance Dr. Annie Jones
2015 Patient Killer Nancy Peck
2016 The Thinning Kendra Birch
2018 Honor Up Tara In post-production
2018 The Dawn Sister Ella
2019 Roe v. Wade

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Farrell for the People Denise Grey Movie
1985 The Cosby Show Michelle Episode: “Denise’s Friend”
1988 St. Elsewhere Penny Franks 4 episodes
1988–1989 TV 101 Monique Main role (13 episodes)
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Michelle Michaels Episode: “When You Hit Upon a Star”
1996–1999 Clueless Dionne “Dee” Davenport Main role (62 episodes)
1999–2000 The Strip Vanessa Weir Main role (10 episodes)
2001 Going to California Janie Episode: “A Pirate Looks at 15 to 20”
Men, Women & Dogs Meg Episode: “Pilot”
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Amy Young Episode: “Slaves of Las Vegas”
2003 Eve Corryn Episode: “The Ex Factor”
2005 Duck Dodgers Paprika Solo (voice) Episode: “Diamond Boogie/Corporate Pigfall”
2006 Getting Played Emily Movie
2008 American Dad! Janet Lewis (voice) Episode: “Escape from Pearl Bailey
Secrets of a Hollywood Nurse Reporter Movie
2009, 2011 The Game Camille Rose 5 episodes
2011 Single Ladies Valerie “Val” Stokes Main role (11 episodes)
2013 The Exes Dana Episode: “Trading Places”
2014–2017 Outnumbered Herself Commentator
2015 Cloudy with a Chance of Love Kelly Movie
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Chicago Mayor Movie
2016 Hell’s Kitchen Herself Episode: “10 Chefs Compete Again”
2016 The Eric Andre Show Herself Episode: “Stacey Dash; Jack McBrayer”

Music videos[edit]

Books[edit]

Dash, Stacey (2016). There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781621574132. OCLC 909538859.
 

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