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Whitley at the Comic Con in San Diego, 2011.
Kym Elizabeth Whitley
July 21, 1961
|Alma mater||Fisk University|
Kym Elizabeth Whitley (born July 21, 1961) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.
Early life and education
Whitley was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio to Kaysonia and William Whitley. Her father William Whitley was a founding partner of the black architectural firm of Whitley and Whitley. Whitley and Whitley was involved with work on TOWER CITY CENTER, the CLEVELAND STATE UNIV. Convocation Center, Lincoln Junior High School, the Lee-Harvard Branch of CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, the Central Area Multi-Service Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse development. They were also involved in a joint venture that built Jacobs’s Field (now Progressive Field), home to the Cleveland Indians. She attended Shaker Heights High School (graduating in 1979) and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is member of the Alpha Beta chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
In 1989, Whitley got her big break starring in Shelly Garrett's popular play Beauty Shop, which started in Los Angeles then later traveled across the U.S. Whitley's major acting roles include the short-lived sitcoms My Brother and Me and Sparks. She made guest appearances on several television sitcoms, including The Parent 'Hood, Married... with Children, Moesha, That's So Raven, The Parkers and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also hosted the short-lived BET show Oh Drama (2000). Whitley also had a small role in Next Friday as Craig's aunt Suga. She was one of the group called "The Adults", who were adult cast members in the earlier seasons of All That. In the early spring of 2010, Whitley was a co-host with R&B musician Brian McKnight on the short-lived talk show The Brian McKnight Show. From 2012 to 2013, Whitley had a recurring role on the BET comedy Let's Stay Together as Charmaine Wax.
Kym's docu-series entitled Raising Whitley on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth most-widely viewed premiere in the history of the network. OWN ordered a second season, which premiered on January 4, 2014.
Whitley joined the cast of the television sitcom Young & Hungry which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2014, where she plays Josh's housekeeper Yolanda. The show ran for five seasons, ending in 2018.
In 2017, she guest starred in the web series The Bay where she played Big Candi. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.
In 2018, she guest starred in the "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None as Denise's aunt Joyce, and sister to Angela Bassett's character. The episode won an Emmy for Best Writing for Master of None's actors Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe
Whitley has two older brothers.
|1999||Beverly Hood||Nola Washington|
|2000||Next Friday||Auntie Suga|
|2000||Nutty Professor II: The Klumps||Party Guest|
|2001||House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute||Judy Harris – Jon Jon's Mom|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Ormandy|
|2004||Up Against the 8 Ball||Mrs. Thompson|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Gladys|
|2005||The Perfect Man||Dolores|
|2005||L.A. Dicks||Madame Opal|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||KostMart Training Leader|
|2005||The Golden Blaze||Mother Johnson||voice|
|2008||Cuttin' da Mustard|
|2008||College Road Trip||Michelle Porter|
|2008||The Hustle||Miss Tanya|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Female Co-Worker #1|
|2010||Something Like a Business||Sasha|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Shavelle|
|2011||The Life & Times of Tim||Tanya|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Jessica Morgan|
|2011||We Bought a Zoo||Store Clerk|
|2013||Ticket to Vegas||Monik|
|2013||Anything is Possible||Ms. Kim|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||Church Lady|
|2017||Fist Fight||911 Operator|
|1992||Vinnie & Bobby||Glodine||1 episode|
|1994||My Brother and Me||Mrs. Pinckney||5 episodes|
|1995||The Parent Hood||Muriel||1 episode|
|1996||Married... with Children||Danielle||1 episode|
|1996–98||Sparks||Darice Mayberry||Main role|
|1998||The Wayans Bros.||Phyllis||1 episode|
|1999||Arli$$||Susan Caldwell||1 episode|
|2000||Grown Ups||Kim||1 episode|
|2000||A Private Affair||2000||"Oh Drama"|
|2000||Moesha||Gertrude ("Gertie")||1 episode|
|2002||My Wife and Kids||Wanda||3 episodes|
|2002||What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway||Ms. Wells|
|2003||The Proud Family||Caramel Jones||1 episode|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Monena||1 episode|
|2001–04||The Parkers||Gertrude ("Gertie")||Recurring role|
|2004||1-800-Missing||DEA Agent Dominique Shaw||1 episode|
|2004||One on One||Liza||1 episode|
|2005||The Catch||Honey Commons|
|2005||That's So Raven||Cousin Vicky||2 episodes|
|2005||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Norlisa||2 episodes|
|2005||Grey's Anatomy||Yvonne||1 episode|
|2006||Love, Inc||Arsenetta||1 episode|
|2006||Reno 911!||Kay Kay||1 episode|
|2006||Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||Ms. Attitude|
|2006||Standoff||Angela Worthington||1 episode|
|2006||Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street||Ms. Attitude|
|2007||Making It Legal||Theresa|
|2008||Crusin for Love with Kym Whitley||Herself|
|2009||The Cleveland Show||Auntie Momma||4 episodes|
|2008-09||'Til Death||Tina||4 episodes|
|2005–10||The Boondocks||Various characters||Recurring role|
|2010||Jonas||Officer Evie||1 episode|
|2010–2011||Meet the Browns||Yvonne||2 episodes|
|2011||2 Broke Girls||Shirley||2 Episodes|
|2011–2015||Black Dynamite||Honeybee||Main Role|
|2011-2012||Let's Stay Together||Charmaine Wax||Recurring Role|
|2012||Animal Practice||Juanita||Main Role|
|2013–16||Raising Whitley||Herself||Reality Series|
|2013–2014||Baby Daddy||Margaret Jenson||"Whatever Lola Wants" & "An Affair Not To Remember"|
|2014–18||Young & Hungry||Yolanda||Main role; 5 seasons|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Aunt Cudi||1 episode|
|2016||Kocktails with Khloé||Herself||1 episode|
|2017||Master of None||Joyce||Ep. "Thanksgiving"|
|2018||K.C. Undercover||Craig's future mother-in-law/Her twin sister||1 episode|
|2018||Braxton Family Values||Herself||1 episode|
|2018||Pinky Malinky||Mrs. Malinky (voice)||Recurring role|
|2019||Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition||Herself||Recurring role|
|2019||The Neighborhood||LaTonya||Ep. "Welcome to Bowling"|
Awards and nominations
|2004||BET Comedy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office movie||Deliver Us From Eva||Nominated|||
|2016||7th Indie Series Awards||Best Guest Actress – Drama||The Bay||Won|||
|2017||44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series||The Bay||Nominated|||
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- "Emily Osment Says Goodbye to 'Young & Hungry' With the Series Finale". tvinsider.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- "Kym Whitley Lands Daytime Emmy Nomination For 'The Bay'". stylemagazine.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
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- "Lena Waithe's Emmy-Winning Master of None Episode Was Inspired by Her Real-Life Story". people.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
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- 'Kym Whitley is a New Mom' (February 28, 2011) "Black Celebrity Kids". Accessed March 19, 2013.
- "35 and Ticking". IMDb.com. May 20, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
- "Rango". IMDb.com. March 4, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
- N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
- Newcomb, Roger (April 7, 2016). "WINNERS: 7th Annual Indie Series Awards". We Love Soaps. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Nominations For the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.