Tyra Banks

Actress, Model, Spokeswoman
One of the world's top supermodels in the 1990s and into the millennium, Tyra Banks broke through the limited career options available to the distractingly beautiful and made a name for herself as a compassionate ... Read more »
Born: 12/04/1973 in Inglewood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (91)

Black-ish 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

FABLife 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Mad TV 20th Anniversary Reunion 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

America's Next Top Model 2002 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Shake It Up! 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual TeenNick HALO Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Angel 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Teen Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tyra Banks Show 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

America's Next Top Model: Exposed 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Presenter

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Biggest Loser 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Woodcock 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Felicity 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride With Funkmaster Flex 1993 - 1994, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1994, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Next Top Model: The Runway Ahead 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Victoria's Secret Gown (Actor)

Halloween: Resurrection 2002 (Movie)

Nora Winston (Actor)

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Victoria's Secret: Ooh-La-La 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown to Oscar 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Host

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Zoe (Actor)

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Kyra Kessler (Actor)

Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music Beat 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Host

GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Love Stinks 1999 (Movie)

Holly Garnett (Actor)

Teen Files: The Truth About Drinking 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1999 Teen Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1999 Trumpet Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

NBA Team Up Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wild on the South Seas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit '97 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Woman Like That 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

Deja (Actor)

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Host

Life-Size (TV Show)

Actor

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

TransAmerica 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

True Beauty 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stylista 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Australia's Next Top Model 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

One of the world's top supermodels in the 1990s and into the millennium, Tyra Banks broke through the limited career options available to the distractingly beautiful and made a name for herself as a compassionate, media-savvy television producer and host. Having conquered international fashion magazines and runways, Banks racked up a number of significant achievements in the U.S. as the first African-American model to grace the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalog. Banks made a handful of acting efforts, including a stint on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC, 1990-96) before finding her niche as the creator of "America's Next Top Model" (UPN/The CW, 2003- ) and "The Tyra Banks Show" (syndicated, 2005- ). The supermodel talent search peppered with cat fights became a top-rated guilty pleasure, while Banks' syndicated daytime talk show rose above the competition, thanks to the hostess' emotional and personal approach to sensitive female topics such as body image and gender roles. Banks' ongoing philanthropic and onscreen efforts to empower and encourage young women led to her recognition as a powerful one-woman media empire styled after her idol, Oprah Winfrey.

Relationships

Seal Actor

Companion
Together in 1996

Donald Banks

Father
Divorced from Banks' mother

Devin Banks

Brother
Born c. 1968

Clifford Johnson

Step-Father

Carolyn London-Johnson

Mother
Managed daughter's career Divorced from Banks' father

Giancarlo Marcaccini

Companion
Dated in 2005 No longer together

Tyler Perry Director

Companion
Briefly dated in 2006 No longer together

John Singleton Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1995 Singleton directed Banks in "Higher Learning" No longer together

Craig Taylor

Companion
Dated in high school No longer together

John Utendahl

Companion
Began dating as of June 2009 Reportedly split in December 2011

Chris Webber

Companion
Dated from 2002-2004

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 2010
Enrolled in Harvard Business School in 2010

Immaculate Heart High School

Los Angeles , California 1991

Milestones

2010

Published her first novel Modelland

2009

Guest starred on teen drama series "Gossip Girl" (The CW)

2005

Hosted and executive produced the syndicated show "The Tyra Banks Show"

2003

Produced and hosted hit reality competition series "America's Next Top Model" (UPN, The CW)

2002

Co-starred in the summer horror feature "Halloween: Resurrection"

2000

Featured in "Love and Basketball"

2000

Promoted a line of greeting cards for neglected and abused children

2000

Played a sexy New York City bartender in "Coyote Ugly"

1999

Established her company Tyinc and T-Zone

1998

Co-wrote book Tyra's Beauty Inside and Out

1996

Began corresponding for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Syndicated)

1995

Feature film debut, John Singleton's "Higher Learning"

1994

Featured model on the Sports Illustrated Calendar

1994

Played a recurring role on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (NBC)

1994

Established the Tyra Banks College Scholarship Fund

1992

Had a small part in the British production "Inferno"

1991

Appeared in her first music video, "Black or White" by Michael Jackson

1990

Began modeling at age 17

Bonus Trivia

.

Banks spoke at local high schools encouraging students to become volunteers.

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