Naturi Naughton

Naturi Naughton was not even born when "Fame" (1980) premiered in theaters, so she could not have predicted that she would one day be a part of the legendary film and television franchise. Before she was an actress ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1984 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

Power 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

Stacie (Actor)

Mad Men 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fame 2009 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

Lil Kim (Actor)
Music (3)

Song One 2015 (Movie)

("Keep Up With Me") (Song Performer)

Song One 2015 (Movie)

("Keep Up With Me") (Song)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("Girls R Hardcore") (Song Performer)

Biography

Naturi Naughton was not even born when "Fame" (1980) premiered in theaters, so she could not have predicted that she would one day be a part of the legendary film and television franchise. Before she was an actress, however, Naughton found fame of a different sort in the musical group 3LW until her infamous exit from the band in 2002. Her solo career flourished when she performed in Broadway's "Hairspray" and took on the role of Lil' Kim in the 2008 Biggie Smalls biopic, "Notorious." In the 2009 version of "Fame," Naughton played Denise, a singer who belts out the infectious title track originally performed by Irene Cara. In fact, Naughton's powerhouse vocals surprised everyone, immediately drawing comparisons to another singer-turned-actress seemingly coming out of nowhere to blow away listeners - Jennifer Hudson of "Dreamgirls" (2006) and "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) fame.

EDUCATION

Seton Hall University

Milestones

2011

Cast on NBC's 1960s drama "The Playboy Club" as Bunny Brenda, a woman seeking to be the first African-American Playboy Playmate

2010

Co-starred opposite Bow Wow and Ice Cube in the comedy "Lottery Ticket"

2009

Cast as musical artist Lil Kim in controversial biopic "Notorious," about slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.

2009

Played an aspiring singer-pianist in the remake of "Fame"; film also starred Kay Panabaker, Megan Mullally, and Kelsey Grammer

2005

Played Little Inez on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical "Hairspray"

2002

3LW released second album, "A Girl Can Mack," but shortly after, Naughton announced she was no longer a member of the group; Naughton claimed Williams allegedly threw a hot plate of food at her during a heated argument at Kentucky Fried Chicken; group rep

2001

3LW embarked on the "MTV Total Request Live" tour along with Destiny's Child, Dream, Nelly, Eve, and Jessica Simpson

1999

Formed the musical group 3LW, which stood for Three Little Women, with Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams; released their self-titled debut album and first single "No More (Baby I'm A Do Right)" in 2000

Began singing with the New Hope Baptist church choir

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