Lela Rochon

Actor, Producer, Dancer
Tall, shapely, comely--and determined, Lela Rochon jumped to the head of casting lists after the success of "Waiting to Exhale," in which she was Robin, the woman who wants a man, but ends up as the type they only want ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1964 in Torrance, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Fatal Secrets 2014 (Movie)

Sharlene (Actor)

Supremacy 2013 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Reed Between the Lines 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blood Done Sign My Name 2010 (Movie)

Roseana Allen (Actor)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Investigator #1 (Actor)

First Daughter 2004 (Movie)

Liz Pappas (Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1991 - 1995, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1991 - 1995, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1991 - 1995, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Terry McMillan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Vanessa Struthers (Actor)

Labor Pains 1999 (Movie)

Lulu (Actor)

Knock Off 1998 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The 1998 Essence Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

Chantel (Actor)

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 1998 (Movie)

Emira Eagle (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

Cynthia Webb (Actor)

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

Nora Stark (Actor)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Robin Stokes (Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

Werewolf Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Christie (Actor)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Sunshine (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wild Pair 1987 (Movie)

Debby (Actor)

Foxtrap 1986 (Movie)

Lindy (Actor)

Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo 1985 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

A Bunny's Tale (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Homeland (TV Show)

Actor

Legal Deceit (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby Bridges (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tall, shapely, comely--and determined, Lela Rochon jumped to the head of casting lists after the success of "Waiting to Exhale," in which she was Robin, the woman who wants a man, but ends up as the type they only want to score with.

Relationships

Antoine Fuqua Director

Husband
Married April 9, 1999

Asia Fuqua

Daughter
Born July 28, 2002; father, Antoine Fuqua

Brando Fuqua

Son
Born May 2004; father, Antoine Fuqua

Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones Director

Husband
Married Dec. 12, 1982 Divorced 1987

Samuel Staples

Father
Owned graphic arts company

Zelma Staples

Mother

EDUCATION

Cerritos High School

Cerritos , California 1982

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Dominguez Hills , California 1986
minored in theater

Milestones

2009

Directed by husband Antoine Fuqua in crime drama "Brooklyn's Finest"

2004

Appeared in romantic comedy "First Daughter," starring Katie Holmes

2001

Landed role on Lifetime series "The Division"; billed as Lela Rochon Fuqua; left show after first season

1999

Cast as Jamie Foxx's girlfriend in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"

1998

Starred in ABC movie "The Ruby Bridges Story" as title character's mother

1995

Breakthrough screen role, co-starred as high-powered executive Robin in "Waiting to Exhale"

1995

Played Lisa on The WB sitcom "The Wayans Brothers"

1992

Co-starred with Murphy in "Boomerang" as Christie, the girl with the ugly feet

1989

First collaboration with Eddie Murphy, "Harlem Nights"

1985

Made feature acting debut opposite Fred Williamson in "Foxtrap"

1985

TV acting debut, small role in "A Bunny's Tale" (ABC)

1984

While still in college, appeared in over 20 Spuds MacKenzie Bud Light TV commercials (dates approx.)

Bonus Trivia

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"She was intensely competitive. It served her well going into show business." – Rochon's father Samuel Staples

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On Robin Stokes, her "Waiting to Exhale" character, Rochon told People (Jan. 15, 1996), "This was important to me. I've never played a character with so much depth."

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