Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979) is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. She starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original series Love That Girl!, and played a recurring role as Roxanne on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2007 to 2013.
Tatyana Marisol Ali
January 24, 1979
North Bellmore, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University (2002)|
Ali was born in North Bellmore, New York, on January 24, 1979, the eldest daughter of Sheriff and Sonia Ali. Ali was born a Dougla to an Indo-Trinidadian father and an Afro-Panamanian mother.
In 1985, 6-year-old Ali began her acting career as a regular performer on the PBS children’s educational program Sesame Street. Her tenure included an appearance with jazz great Herbie Hancock, who demonstrated his Fairlight CMI synthesizer using a sample of Ali's voice. She also appeared in two episodes of Star Search, one of which featured her performance of a cover of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
She made her breakthrough in 1990 when she was cast as Ashley Banks on the NBC television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a role she played throughout the series' entire run, from 1990 to 1996.
Ali's vocal talent was featured on several episodes of Fresh Prince in later seasons, prompting the show's star Will Smith to ask her if she would seriously consider pursuing a musical career. She ultimately decided, for the time being, to continue to concentrate on her acting career. In the series' final season, however, Ali performed several songs, and she began to be cleaned for her musical debut, the culmination of which was her debut album Kiss The Sky in 1998. It was certified gold in early 1999, only months after its release, and spawned the Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins-produced hit single "Daydreamin'," released July 21, 1998, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also appeared on the UK Singles Chart. The album spawned two further UK hits, "Boy You Knock Me Out" featuring Will Smith—which peaked at No. 3 and is her biggest hit to date—and "Everytime", which was her third top-20 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 20. She made an appearance on Smith's album Willennium on the track "Who Am I" with MC Lyte. She performed the title song "Sunny Valentine" along with Terrence Quaites for the indie film Rockin' Meera in 2005. In early 2008, she performed on the song "Yes We Can," a will.i.am project supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign. She also appeared in the subsequent music video which garnered coverage on the "What the Buzz" segment of ABC's World News Now. In January 2014, Ali released an EP titled Hello, whose first single was "Wait For It," which she performed on The Arsenio Hall Show on February 4, 2014.
Apart from her musical career, Ali continued to land roles in films such as The Brothers, Glory Road, and Nora's Hair Salon (and its sequel), among others. From 2009 to 2010 she produced and starred in the BET web series Buppies. She was on recurring status on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Roxanne from 2007 to 2013. Ali starred in the TV One original series Love That Girl! as Tyana (whose name was derived from Ali's given name). In 2013, she co-starred as Maya in the BET comedy Second Generation Wayans, alongside Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans.
Ali attended Harvard University, where she received a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies and Government in 2002. On a celebrity edition of the game show The Chase, which aired February 3, 2015, Ali stated that her major was political science.
She dated television actor Jonathan Brandis from 1995 to 1998.
In March 2016, Ali revealed that she was engaged to Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, assistant professor of English at Stanford University, whom she had met on eHarmony, and they announced that they were expecting their first child. She and Rasberry married on July 17, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. The couple have two sons.
|1987||Eddie Murphy Raw||Eddie's Sister||Sketch Segment|
|1988||Crocodile Dundee II||Park Girl|
|Wow, You're a Cartoonist!||Child Cartoonist||Short film; direct-to-video release|
|1997||Fakin' da Funk||Karyn|
|Kiss the Girls||Janell Cross|
|1998||The Clown at Midnight||Monica|
|2001||The Brothers||Cherie Smith|
|2003||National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze||Claire|
|2004||Nora's Hair Salon||Lilleana|
|2005||Back in the Day||Alicia Packer|
|Domino One||Laeticia Richards|
|2006||Glory Road||Tina Malichi|
|A Warm Place||Clair Andrews||Short film|
|2008||Down & Out||Lucy||Short film|
|Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above||Lilleana|
|2009||Mother and Child||Maria|
|2010||Pete Smalls Is Dead||Cocktail Waitress|
|Home Again||Marva Johnson|
|2013||24 Hour Love||Simply|
|The Last Letter||Jillian|
|Dear Secret Santa||Jennifer|
|It Snows All the Time||Technologist|
|2017||The Good Nanny||Monica Thorne|
|Wrapped Up in Christmas||Heather Nash|
|Deadly Match||Professor Savoy|
|1985–90||Sesame Street||Tatyana||Recurring role|
|1987||Star Search||Contestant||Season 5|
|1989||Wally and the Valentines||Jamaica Valentine||Movie|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Michelle||Episode: "Life After Death"|
|1989||The Cosby Show||Girl||Episode: "Shall We Dance?"|
|1990–96||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Ashley Banks||Main role (147 episodes)|
|1992||Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?||Herself||Episode: "The Nefarious Nobel Napper"|
|1993||Getting By||Nicole Alexander / Vanessa||2 episodes|
|1994||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Laura Turner / Connie Turner||Episode: "The Tale of the Quicksilver"|
|1994||TV's Funniest Families||Host||Special|
|1995||In the House||Ashley Banks||Episode: "Dog Catchers"|
|1996||Living Single||Stephanie James||Episode: "Whatever Happened to Baby Sister?"|
|1996||Kidz in the Wood||Rita||Movie|
|1996||Fall Into Darkness||Sharon McKay||Movie|
|1997||413 Hope St.||Kai||Episode: "Heartbeat"|
|2002||Fastlane||Shelly||Episode: "Girls Own Juice"|
|2003||Half & Half||Olivia||Episode: "The Big Condom-nation Episode"|
|2007||Boulevard of Broken Dreams||Herself||Episode: "Jonathan Brandis"|
|2007||On the Lot||Herself||Episode: "First Sight"|
|2007–13||The Young and the Restless||Roxanne||Recurring role; 53 episodes|
|2010–12||Love That Girl!||Tyana Jones||Lead role in seasons 1–3 (36 episodes)|
|2012||The Eric Andre Show||Herself||Episode: "Tatyana Ali"|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||Maya||Main role (10 episodes)|
|2015||Key & Peele||Heresa||Episode: "Hollywood Sequel Doctor"|
|2016||Zoe Ever After||Ashley King||Episodes: "The Interview" and "Game Face"|
|2017||American Koko||N'Shay||Episode: "The Stig"|
|2018||Hollywood Darlings||Tatyana||Episode: "Big White Lies"|
|2018||The Bobby Brown Story||Jimmy's Mom||Episode: "Part One"|
|2018–present||Fancy Nancy||Mrs. James (voice)||Main cast|
|2018||Christmas Everlasting||Lucy Toomy||Movie|
|2018||Jingle Belle||Belle Williams||Movie|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Kiss the Sky||106||47||41||6|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Daydreamin'"||1998||6||5||—||—||—||—||3||6||3||Kiss the Sky|
|"Boy You Knock Me Out"
(featuring Will Smith)
|"Wait for It"||2014||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Hello|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"Love The Way You Love Me"||1999||N/A||More!|
|"Precious Wings"||The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland|
|"Who Am I"||Will Smith and MC Lyte||Willennium|
|"Getting Closer"||Kel Spencer||Wild Wild West|
|"Candy Girl"||2007||Kanary Diamonds||Puro Fuego|
|"Wanna Groove"||2009||Inverse||So Far|
|"Move It, Shake It"||Just Matter and Nieve||Love N' Dancing|
|"Bathtub Gin"||The Cherokee Rhythm Section|
|"Joy to the World"||2013||N/A||Dear Secret Santa|
|"Kiss the Sky"||2015||The Legacy of R&B Slow Jamz|
|"He Loves Me"||2016||The Legacy of Nu Soul|
|"Ghost Town"||2017||Music to Inspire|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Caribbean Heritage Organization
- 1996: Won, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1997: Nominated, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 2010: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – The Young and the Restless
- 2011: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Love That Girl!
- 2011: Won, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – The Young and the Restless
- 2012: Won, Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama – The Young and the Restless
- 2012: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Love That Girl!
- 2013: Nominated, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Love That Girl!
- 1996: Nominated, Favorite Television Actress – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1991: Won, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1992: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1993: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1994: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1995: Nominated, Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – Name Your Adventure
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- Ofole-Prince, Samantha (August–September 2011). Wheaton, Robert (ed.). "The talented Ms. Ali:an interview with Tatyana". CaribPress Newsmagazine. Los Angeles: 5. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- Wheaton, Robert (August–September 2011). Wheaton, Robert (ed.). "Caribbean Heritage Salute in Hollywood". CaribPress Newsmagazine. Los Angeles: 21. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
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- "Tatyana Ali Shares Her Black Experience at Harvard University". BET. December 12, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "Tatyana Ali wants young people to know their voice counts". 9news.com. August 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
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- Dugan, Christina (July 17, 2016). "Tatyana Ali Marries Dr. Vaughn Rasberry". People.com. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
- Hautman, Nicholas (July 17, 2016). "Tatyana Ali Marries Vaughn Rasberry". Us Magazine. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
- "Tatyana Ali Welcomes Son Edward". People.com. September 23, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
- Cronin, Colleen (October 2, 2019). "Tatyana Ali Welcomes Second Son Alejandro". People.com. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
- "Billboard Chart History: Tatyana Ali". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Tatyana Ali". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "UK Charts – Tatyana Ali". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40: 14 February 1999 – 20 February 1999". Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Hello by Tatyana Ali". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Billboard Hot 100: Tatyana Ali". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Tatyana Ali". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Belgium Charts – Tatyana Ali". Ultratop. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Steffen Hung (March 13, 1999). "Les charts français". lescharts.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Search the Charts: Tatyana Ali". The Irish Charts. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Steffen Hung. "– Dutch charts portal". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Steffen Hung. "– New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Daydreamin'": "15 November 1998 – 21 November 1998". Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Boy You Knock Me Out": "07 February 1999 – 12 February 1999". Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Everytime": "13 June 1999 – 19 June 1999". Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "US certifications: Tatyana Ali". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts: 1966–2006. Wellington: Dean Scapolo and Maurienne House. ISBN 978-1877443-00-8.
- "Search Results: Tatyana Ali". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Wait for It by Tatyana Ali". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Kanary Diamonds". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "So Far – the Collection". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Love N' Dancing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Dear Secret Santa Soundtrack". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Music to Inspire: Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking". iTunes. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "44th NAACP Image Awards Full List of Nominees" (PDF). NAACP. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 19, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- "Tatyana Ali – Timeline featuring movies and other highlights from her career and personal life". www.bing.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
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