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Garcelle Beauvais
Born/Date of Birth: November 26, 1966
Place of Birth: Saint-Marc, Haiti
Height: 1.75 m
Occupation: Actress,television personality,author
Spouse(s): Daniel Saunders (m. 1991; div. 2000), Mike Nilon (m. 2001; div. 2011)
Children: Oliver Saunders, Jaid Thomas Nilon, Jax Joseph Nilon
Garcelle Beauvais (born November 26, 1966) is a Haitian–born American actress, reality television personality, author, and former fashion model. She is best known for her roles as Francesca "Fancy" Monroe on The WB television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 to 2001, and as Valerie Heywood on the ABC crime drama, NYPD Blue. She also appeared in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming as Doris Toomes. In 2020 Beauvais became a main cast member of the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Early life
Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti, to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. After her parents divorced when she was a child, she moved with her mother to the United States at age seven along with her six elder siblings, and settled in Peabody, Massachusetts where she enrolled in elementary school. Upon her arrival to the United States, Beauvais originally only spoke French and Creole, but learned English from watching Sesame Street on television. She attended Peabody Veterans Memorial High School until she was 16.

Career
Modeling
Beauvais moved to Miami at 16 in an attempt to pursue a career in modeling. After driving down from Massachusetts, Beauvais hoped to interview for a modeling agency without an appointment. She was approached at a red light while putting on lipstick by the very owner of the agency she sought to see. After modeling with this agency for about a year, Beauvais, now seventeen, went to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model, after signing with the Ford agency living with Eileen Ford and later modeled with Irene Marie Models. She modeled print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol and in catalogs for Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom and walked the runway for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi and also shot TV commercials for Burdines.

Beauvais has appeared magazines for Essence and Ebony, and was the cover model for Jet’s June 6, 2011 issue. She also posed for Playboy's August 2007 issue.

Film and television
In 1994, Beauvais first gained national attention as an actress playing the role of Cynthia Nichols in the primetime Aaron Spelling soap opera Models Inc.. From 1996 to 2001, she co-starred in The Jamie Foxx Show as hotel employee Francesca "Fancy" Monroe and the love interest of Jamie Foxx's character, Jamie King. From 2001 to 2004, she played Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood and the love interest of Detective Baldwin Jones, played by Henry Simmons on NYPD Blue. In 2011 and 2012, Beauvais played Hanna Linden on the TNT law drama Franklin & Bash. In 2013, Beauvais once again played the love interest to Jamie Foxx, playing the First Lady while he played the President in White House Down. In 2017, she played the role of Doris Toomes, wife of Adrian Toomes aka Vulture, played by Michael Keaton, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

She starred in R. Kelly's music video for "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)", as the wife of Ronald Isley and the lover of R. Kelly, delivering the title line as inducement for an affair. In 2001, after the Jamie Foxx Show ended its run, Beauvais appeared in Luther Vandross' music video, "Take You Out," playing Vandross' girlfriend.

She also appeared on some episodes of Grimm as Henrietta.

In 2016, Beauvais was named as one of the co-hosts of the syndicated infotainment discussion series Hollywood Today Live after a month-long period of guest hosting the show.

In 2019, Bravo announced that Beauvais will join the cast of the reality-television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for its 10th season, which premiered on April 15, 2020.

In 2019-2020, Beauvais portrayed Veronica Garland, the “Wicked Stepmother” character from Cinderella, on the second season of the CBS All Access American psychological thriller web television anthology series Tell Me a Story.

Awards
2013 MPAH Haiti Movie Awards - Honorary Award from the Motion Picture Association of Haiti
Other
In 2008, Garcelle launched her children's jewelry line called Petit Bijou. In 2013, she published a children's book, I Am Mixed, which was about racial diversity.

Personal life
She was married to producer Daniel Saunders; their marriage ended in divorce. They have a son, Oliver Saunders, born in 1991. Beauvais married Mike Nilon, a talent agent with Creative Artists Agency, in May 2001. Their twin sons, Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas Nilon, were born on October 18, 2007. They had dealt with treatment over five years for infertility. In April 2010, Beauvais publicly accused Nilon of infidelity after he admitted he had been having an affair for 5 years. Beauvais filed for divorce on May 10, 2010, seeking joint custody of their sons.

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