Melissa DeSousa

A regular face in African-American comedy, Melissa De Sousa was perhaps best-known for her role as Murch's high-maintenance girlfriend Shelby in the sleeper hit "The Best Man" (1999). Born in New York City in 1967 to ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1967 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Cru 2013 (Movie)

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Reed Between the Lines 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Shameless 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

Shelby (Actor)

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bats: Human Harvest 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Man is Hard to Find 2007 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Black Filmmaker Showcase 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Constellation 2007 (Movie)

Lucy Boxer Sears (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Second Time Around 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

Lockdown 2003 (Movie)

Krista (Actor)

One on One 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Years to Life 2002 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

The $Treet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Grown Ups 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

Shelby (Actor)

Damon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride 1998 (Movie)

Leta (Actor)

Getting By 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spark 1994 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Valley of the Dolls 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Words Up! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ron Clark Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A regular face in African-American comedy, Melissa De Sousa was perhaps best-known for her role as Murch's high-maintenance girlfriend Shelby in the sleeper hit "The Best Man" (1999). Born in New York City in 1967 to Afro-Panamanian parents, De Sousa attended the city's High School of Performing Arts before making her on-screen debut in legal drama "The Trials Of Rosie O'Neill" (CBS 1990-92). Guest appearances in "Getting By" (ABC 1993-94), "Silk Stalkings" (CBS 1991-99) and "Living Single" (Fox 1993-98) then followed, while she was also cast as drug-addicted Hollywood actress Neely O'Hara in the soap opera adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley Of The Dolls" (Syndicated 1994). Following cameos in "Married With Children" (Fox 1987-1997), "ER" (NBC 1994-2009) and "The Wayans Bros" (The WB 1995-99), De Sousa appeared as Hakeem's brief love interest in "Moesha" (UPN 1996-2001), starred as NYC film graduate-turned-music video assistant Leta in the indie comedy "Ride" (1998) and played career driven cop Stacy Phillips in the short-lived sitcom "Damon" (Fox 1998). But for many, it was her turn as cunning gold-digger Shelby in Malcolm D. Lee's romantic comedy drama "The Best Man" (1999) where her talents first stood out.

Milestones

2006

Plays Matthew Perry's girlfriend in Emmy-nominated TV movie "The Ron Clark Story"

1999

Cast as Shelby in "The Best Man"

1994

Lands first notable role as Neely O'Hara in "Valley Of The Dolls" (Syndicated, 1994)

Bonus Trivia

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I've had people come up to me and say, 'thank you for representing the Afro-Latinas' - and it occurred to me that this actually means something to people out there who look like me." De Sousa quoted on Latina.com, July 12, 2011

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I've always been kind of an introvert growing up. People even picked on me because I was quiet." De Sousa quoted on Vibe, Nov 20, 2013

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