Los Angeles, CA
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King was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. The two divorced in 1979. She is also the older sister of actress Reina King. Regina and her sister have essentially the same name: Reina and Regina both mean Monarch, in Spanish and Latin, respectively. Essentially, they are both named Queen King.
She attended Westchester High School (Los Angeles) and the University of Southern California.
King married Ian Alexander, Sr. on April 23, 1997. The couple has one child a son born January 19, 1996 named Ian Alexander Jr. King filed for divorce on November 8, 2006 citing "irreconcilable differences".
King began her acting career in 1985 in the role of Marla Gibbs` daughter Brenda on the television series 227, a role she played until 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy Friday. In 1996, she played the love interest of Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Also in 1996, she gained notoriety starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy Jerry Maguire, with Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. This film brought King mainstream recognition in her role as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s wife.
Soon thereafter she played Will Smith`s wife in the spy thriller Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Disney`s remake Mighty Joe Young. She continued playing feature roles in a variety of films, including Down to Earth, with Chris Rock, Daddy Day Care with Golden Globe winner Eddie Murphy, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde with Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, and A Cinderella Story, with Hilary Duff.
In 2004, King played Margie Hendricks, a singer in Ray Charles’ backup group The Raelettes and one of the musical legend’s mistresses, in Ray, and in 2005, she co-starred in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as Sandra Bullock`s tough FBI agent partner. Additionally, she voice acts for the characters Huey and Riley Freeman on the Adult Swim show The Boondocks, as well as the feature film The Ant Bully. Most recently, she appeared in season 6 of the hit show 24 and the film This Christmas she played a mother and a faithful wife, daughter, and sister.
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Regina R. King
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Regina King (born January 15, 1971) is an American film and television actress. She is known for her role as Brenda Jenkins, the studious daughter of Mary Jenkins (played by Marla Gibbs) on the 1980s sitcom, 227, and for her critically acclaimed supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. She is also known for voicing the lead characters of the animated series The Boondocks.
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