Born and raised in Los Angeles, multi-talented actress Camille Winbush practically grew up on television, scoring her first major role at the age of four on NBC's futuristic action series "Viper. " The show crashed after two seasons, and Winbush moved on to recurring roles on the sitcom "Minor Adjustments" and on the long-running family drama "7th Heaven." She made her feature film debut with a tiny role in the Michelle Pfeiffer hit "Dangerous Minds," and appeared briefly in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie "Eraser," before making a solid impact in writer-director Jim Jarmusch's critically acclaimed "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"; Winbush played a bookish little girl who befriends the title assassin (Forest Whitaker). Winbush's self-assured performance opposite the Oscar-winning actor garnered excellent reviews. It also helped her land her most well-known role, on the sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," as smart-mouthed Vanessa Thomkins, eldest of three siblings taken in by their irascible stand-up comedian uncle. The FOX show aired for five seasons, earning Winbush a 2006 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series, and three consecutive NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2008, the actress joined the cast of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."