TERRI J. VAUGHN
Terri J. Vaughn first stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show.” After that, she made her way to Will Smith’s executive produced, “All of Us,” as Jonell, and then as Renee, a sassy and hilarious nurse, on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. Terri’s also be seen as Melisse, on Oprah Winfrey’s drama series, “Greenleaf,” and featured again as Cedric The Enteretainer’s wife on BET’s ‘The Comedy Get Down.” From her first professional job in a 20-city tour of “Tellin’ it Like it Tiz,” this San Francisco native has proven herself as a respected and talented go to in the entertainment business.
Terri has been honored with three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on “The Steve Harvey Show.” She was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the groundbreaking series “Soulfood.” Included on Terri’s long resume is the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” as well as the independent dramedies, “Dirty Laundry”, “3 Can Play That Game” and “Marriage Chronicles,” just to name a few.
Included on Terri’s resume is the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” where she gets to flex her acting chops as the bitchy Brenda, playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. She can also be seen in the independent dramedy, “Dirty Laundry,” starring opposite Rockmond Dunbar and Loretta Devine and “3 Can Play That Game,” where Terri is hilarious. Along with starring in several other independent projects and conducting her Atlanta based acting school at The Green Room, Terri adds to her list of can-do’s, by producing multiple projects under her and producing partner, Cas Siger’s production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment.
Along with starring in several other independent projects, Terri has produced multiple projects under her independent production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment. “Between Sisters,” which aired as the highest rated show on GMC Network and “Sugar Mommas,” which was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, are just a couple of the projects Terri created, starred in and produced under Nina Holiday Entertainment. NHE also produced the family film, “Hamlet & Hutch,” starring legendary Burt Reynolds and the highly acclaimed “Girlfriends’ Getaway,” produced by and starring Terri, with Malinda Williams, Garcelle Beauvais and Essence Atkins, which premiered as the highest rated original movie in TVOne history. The sequel, “Girlfriends Getaway 2” premiered August 2015. Always pushing to grow creatively, in 2016 Terri made her television and film directing debuts. For Aspire TV she directed their first half-hour comedy presentation, Mommy Uncensored, then an episode of BounceTV’s Man & Wife, starring David and Tamela Mann. Terri went on to direct her first film, the hilarious, ‘Friday-isque’ comedy, #DigitalLivesMatter, starring social media comedic influencers, DC Young Fly and Emmanuel Hudson, which aired on BET October 2017 and is now streaming on UMC.TV. Next up, Terri is directing and producing, The Third Wish, a Christmas movie for TVOne, starring David and Tamela Mann.
Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Terri started Take Wings Foundation, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to mentor young women growing up in at risk communities – Just another reason so many have come to love the passionate talent known as Terri J. Vaughn.