Tatyana Ali is a celebrated actress and singer who has won over the hearts of millions of fans worldwide through her dedication to movies, television shows, and music. Her claim to fame came through the NBC sitcom titled The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where she played one of the main characters – Ashley Banks.
With over 23 television credits and 32 films under her belt, the prolific actress has carved a niche for herself in the history of entertainment. She has bagged several awards and accolades, some of which include the Living Legacy Award by the Caribbean Heritage Organization and the NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – which she won twice as a result of her exceptional performance in The Young and the Restless. She also won the Young Artist Awards’ Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress category and Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series award which she earned thanks to her role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Looking at the success story of Tatyana Ali, we can conveniently say that hard work and dedication to her chosen profession has placed her in a coveted position in the entertainment industry. Besides, we hope to see more awards and accolades from her as she is still very much active in the entertainment industry.
Tatyana Ali’s Biography & Age
Tatyana Mariposa Ali was born in North Bellmore, New York, on the 24th of January 1970. The multi-talented actress is of Trini Indian and Afro-Panamanian descent. Her parents raised her in New York with her two younger sisters – Kimberly and Anastacia.
She went on to attend Marymount High School in Los Angeles, California. She also attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. After high school, Tatyana Ali went to Harvard University where she graduated from in 2002 with a degree in African-American studies and government.
Tatyana Ali’s Net Worth
Tatyana Ali has accumulated a total net worth of $6 million which is believed to have accrued from her successful career.
The talented actress began her acting career at the age of six, in 1985, appearing in a musical number with Herbie Hancock on the hit show Sesame Street. Though she was on Star Search twice, her big break came with her role as Ashley Banks on the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which debuted in 1990. Tatyana Ali was on the show for its entire six seasons and even displayed her vocal talents in several of the show’s episodes.
Other TV series and movies she has appeared in include Fakin’ Da Funk in 1997, Brother in 2000, Hotel California in 2008 and Home Again in 2012. She also made appearances in A Man Called Hawk, Locker 13, The Young and the Restless, On the Lot and The Cosby Show.
Her exceptional performance in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made the show’s star and a well-known musician, Will Smith advise her to consider pursuing a career in music. The result of that advice was her first album Kiss the Sky which was certified gold in 1999. The album had the hit single Daydreamin’ which peaked at no 6 on the UK Single Chart and on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other hit songs in the album were Boy, You Knock Me Out which featured Will Smith and Everything which is her biggest hit song till date.
There is limited information on the singer’s parents but Tatyana Ali was born to Sonia and Sheriff Ali. It is on record that her father is a police detective and also an East Indian Muslim who comes from Trinidad. Her mother, who works in the health sector as a nurse, comes from Panama. The actress is the eldest child of her parents with two younger sisters, as previously mentioned.
Personal Life: Who is Her Husband?
Tatyana Ali is married to Vaughn Rasberry, who works as an assistant professor of English at Stanford University. The news of her engagement to the professor came in March 2016 couple with the news of their imminent parenthood. The couple eventually tied the knot on the 17th of July 2016 and on the 16th of December 2016, their son Edward Rasberry was born.
Height & Weight
Tatyana Ali’s height is recorded to be 5 feet 4 inches and she weighs a total of 135 pounds. Information on her other body statistics is not available to the public. But it is believed that the actress works out and eats healthily to maintain her enviable figure.