Danitra Vance

Actor, Comedian
Live-wire African-American actor and comedian whose energies were primarily focused on New York's off-Broadway performance scene. With her large eyes, open features and shock of thick hair, Vance first made her mark at ... Read more »
Born: 07/13/1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Jumpin at the Boneyard 1992 (Movie)

Jeanette (Actor)

The Talent Pool 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hangin' With the Homeboys 1991 (Movie)

Pool Hall Woman (Actor)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

Clinic Doctor (Actor)

Sisters 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colored Museum 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hunger Chic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Limit Up 1989 (Movie)

Nike (Actor)

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

Evanston (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cover Girl and the Cop (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Live-wire African-American actor and comedian whose energies were primarily focused on New York's off-Broadway performance scene. With her large eyes, open features and shock of thick hair, Vance first made her mark at La Mama with performances mixing music, outlandish comedy and high-toned cultural references. Producer Lorne Michaels decided to sign her up for his long-running late night variety series, "Saturday Night Live", in 1985, but despite (very) occasional chances for the show's first black female regular to shine, Vance was not happy with what she considered the dominant white male ethos the program had always displayed, and she left after a season.

Relationships

Audrey Edwards

Cousin
survived her editor-at-large for "Essence" magazine

Latrice Lee

Sister
survived her

Cortriceza Lee

Niece
survived her mother Latrice Lee

Jonas Miller

Companion
survived her

Laura Vance

Mother
survived her

EDUCATION

Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art

Roosevelt University

Chicago , Illinois
graduated with honors

National College of Education

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

1993

Cancer recurred; Vance was forced to cancel a performance engagement at the Public Theater

1993

Last performed at New York's Joseph Papp Public Theater in a production of "Marisol" by Jose Rivera in May

1991

Recreated stage roles from the anthology drama, "The Colored Museum" for a PBS presentation of "Great Performances"

1991

Last feature films, "Little Man Tate" and "Jumpin' at the Boneyard"

1990

Diagnosed with breast cancer

1988

Made feature film debut in "Sticky Fingers"

1985

Joined the cast of regulars of the latenight comedy-variety show, "Saturday Night Live", for one season

1985

Made off-Broadway debut at LaMama in a revue show combining songs with comedy in which she performed with a trio known as "The Mel-O White Boys"

Eventually had one breast removed; later performed solo performance skit, "The Radical Girl's Guide to Radical Mastectomy"

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