Published on September 18, 2012 by Amy
Stacey Lauretta Dash (born January 20, 1966) is an American film and television actress.
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She made her first TV appearance in Farrell for the People starring Valerie Harper and a virtually unknown Ed O’Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode. Her notable first appearance was as ‘Michelle’ in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode “Denise’s Friend” alongside Lisa Bonet, and in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Dash’s first substantial television role was in the 1988 television series TV 101, which also featured Matt LeBlanc and Sam Robards. 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 sizeable roles in Mo’ Money and Renaissance Man during this time. In 1995, Dash starred as a femme fatale in a low budget film, Illegal in Blue. Dash received her big break with the 1995 film Clueless, which starred Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Dash played Cher’s high school best friend Dionne Marie Davenport, even though Dash was twenty-eight at the time. In 1996 the film spawned a television spinoff, also called Clueless, in which Dash reprised her role as Dionne and Rachel Blanchard played Cher. The series ran from 1996–1999.
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, label mate of her cousin Damon Dash for the single “All Falls Down.” At age 40, Stacey Dash posed nude in the August 2006 issue of Playboy. Also in 2006, she was featured in singer Marques Houston’s video, “Favorite Girl”. In 2006, she launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.
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 and Secrets Of A Hollywood Nurse for television, and the feature film 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 Sabato, Jr.
Dash made a guest appearance on the television series The Game in early 2009. In March 2010, she said she will be starring in her own reality show on VH1.
Dash starred in the first season VH1 original series Single Ladies, as Valerie “Val” Stokes, a woman who is a “‘good girl’ looking for a good man”. She did not return for season 2.
Dash was born in The Bronx, New York. She is an alumna of Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Her mother, Linda, was the general manager of DME Interactive Holdings. Her father was a methadone addict. She is of Bajan, African American, and Mexican descent, with “clear green” eyes. Her brother is Darien Dash, the CEO of DME Interactive Holdings and her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records.
In 2010, she filed a restraining order against her now ex-husband Emmanuel Xuereb.
In August 2012, Dash was treated for dehydration after getting sick from a meal. She stated that the pain “was so excruciating…I literally thought I was going to die.”