Jada Pinkett Smith Early Life
Adrienne Bandfield-Jones and Rosbol Pinkett Jr., both of Baltimore, Maryland, raised her. She was born on September 18, 1971. It was when Adrienne was still in high school that she gave birth to Jada, and the couple married soon after, leaving Adrienne to raise Jada alone.
In no time at all, Jada’s grandmother realized that her granddaughter had a natural gift for the stage and began enrolling her in piano and dancing courses. She studied dance and drama at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Jada received her bachelor’s degree in 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley. Tupac Shakur was one of Jada’s classmates at this school. Before his sad death, the two were inseparable friends.
Jada Pinkett Smith Career
A slew of modest roles on TV shows including “True Colors,” “Doogie Howser MD,” and “21 Jump Street” began to appear for Jada after she relocated to Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Soon after, she was cast in a recurring role on the sitcom “A Different World,” which lasted for 36 episodes. In 1993’s “Menace II Society,” she got her big break. In 1994, she co-starred in “A Low Down Dirty Shame” alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans, and her performance was well-received. Jason’s Lyrics” and Demon Knight followed her in 1994, with the latter being her first role as a felon. Pinkett Smith and her co-star Allen Payne were lauded by Roger Ebert for their connection.
In the 1996 adaptation of “The Nutty Professor,” Jada played Eddie Murphy’s love interest and received her big break. Throughout the film’s run, it made over $274 million, making it a resounding financial success. Films like Kingdom Come, Scream 2, and The Matrix Trilogy all followed “The Nutty Professor” in launching Jada Pinkett Smith’s career to great heights, making her a multi-millionaire.
Actress Christina Hawthorne (Hawthorne) earned an Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series in 2010 for “Hawthorne.” Fish Mooney, a character she played on the hit show “Gotham,” was introduced to audiences in 2014. As Gloria in the animated “Madagascar” films, Jada Pinkett Smith lent her voice. The Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” has featured Jada Pinkett Smith since it premiered in 2018.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s Personal Life
At an audition for Lisa Wilkes, Jada met Will Smith, who had played Lisa’s boyfriend in the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. To play Jada, Jada was replaced by Nia Long because she was “too little.”
Will and Jada began dating in 1995 after their divorce from Sheree Fletcher. They married the following year. Their two children are Jaden (born in 2013) and Willow (born in 2014). Their offspring went on to have great careers in show business.
Nominations and Awards
There have been numerous honors that Jada Smith has received. As of 2004, she had also been honored with numerous other honors, including the Interactive Achievement Award in 2004, Daytime Emmy Award in 2021, Chainsaw Award in 1996, Glow Award in 2004; Image Awards (NAACP); Image Award in 2010; and the NAMIC Vision Award in 2012.