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Tichina Arnold
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Birthdate June 28, 1971 (Age 44)
Birthplace Queens, New York, USA
Occupation Actress and Singer
Years active 1983–present

Tichina Rolanda Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress and singer. She has portrayed the roles of Pamela James on the FOX sitcom Martin and the family matriarch Rochelle on the popular sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.

Biography

Arnold was born to a middle-class family in Queens, New York. Her mother was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer. She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Her penchant for performing began in her childhood, holding church congregations enthralled as a four-year-old. When she turned eight, her mother and uncle encouraged her to audition, and she won a part in her first play The Me Nobody Knows at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn. She continued to perform in the theater and at supper clubs, starring in such production as Hair, Romance and Hard Times. She then landed bit parts in TV movies such as The Brass Ring in 1983 and PBS' House of Dies Drear the year after. Arnold has one sister.

Personal life

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags". The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities such as her best friend Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs. When her daughter was born, she stopped production. Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai (born March 16, 2004), with music producer Carvin Haggins. Arnold and her daughter live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career

In 1986, Tichina Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. Arnold was only 15 at the time, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989. 

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One. In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House. In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand.[9] In a departure from her normally comedic casting, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story, which was about the first woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. She also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks, episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch" which aired in 2007.

Her most recent stage credits, include: The Wiz Revival at the NY City Center as the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West. In 2010 she guest starred in the one-hour episode premiere of the Disney XD Original Series Pair of Kings as Aunt Nancy, and also reprise her role for one more episode.

Although not as widely known for her work in music, Arnold has experienced success as a recording artist; she co-wrote and performed the duet, "Movin Up," which reached #2 on the Billboard Club Play chart with fellow high school alum and house music artist Inaya Day. Arnold is credited using the moniker China Ro, a pseudonym that was derived from the using only the latter part of her first name and the first two letters of her middle name. Tichina Arnold is set to star as the best friend of Fran Drescher in the TV Land pilot "Happily Divorced," which is based on Fran Drescher's former marriage.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Brass Ring Mary
1984 House of Dies Drear Pesty
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie Evelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got into College Vera Cook
1991 Scenes From a Mall Ticket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1999 A Luv Tale
2000 Dancing in September Robber
Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
Yo Alien Ray Goods
2005 Preaching to the Choir Desiree
Getting Played Woman in Restaurant
2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mamma

Television

Year Television Role Notes
1987–1989 Ryan's Hope Zena Brown
1989 The Cosby Show Delores Episode: "Theo's Women"
1989–1991 All My Children Sharla Valentine
1990 Law & Order Leona Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1992–1997 Martin Pamela 'Pam' James 124 episodes
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Carla Episode: "Soul Mate to Cellmate"
1999 Pacific Blue Episode: "Ghost Town"
The Norm Show Mrs. Murphy Episode: "Norm vs. the Boxer"
2001–2005 One on One Nicole Barnes 15 episodes
2002 Soul Food Adina Episode: "Past Imperfect"
2004 Listen Up! Kiara Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Rochelle 88 episodes
2007 The Boondocks Nicole Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch"
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2009 Sherri Russell's Mamma Episode: "Pilot"
Brothers Cynthia Episodes: "Lenny", "Commercial/Coach DMV", "Christmas"
2010 Pair of Kings Aunt Nancy Episodes: "Return of the Kings", "The Bite Stuff"
2011 Raising Hope Sylvia Episode: "Romeo and Romeo"
Happily Divorced Judi Series regular
Are We There Yet? Vicky Howard Guest star: The Fight Party Episode

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series Ryan's Hope Nom.
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime Nom.
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Martin Nom.
2006 BET Awards Best Actress Herself Nom.
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris Won
TV - Choice Actress: Comedy Nom.
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2007 Nom.
2008 Nom.
2009 Nom.
2010 Nom.

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