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What Happened to Jasmine Guy? What the ‘A Different World’ Star is Doing Now

What Happened to Jasmine Guy? What the ‘A Different World’ Star is Doing Now

Jasmine Guy caught the attention of television viewers when she played Whitley Gilbert on the NBC sitcom A Different World. Guy’s character on there was part of a larger cast that included Lisa Bonet. After one season, though, Bonet left the show and Guy took Whitney into the lead role.

The series ran from 1987 to 1993, when A Different World left regular TV for the world of reruns.

“Not until the show was over did I realize just how powerful the show was, and it cut across the board. Young people,” Guy said to Amsterdam News. “Kids going to college, and families were able to watch the show together. On this show, we addressed a lot of important issues, and it gave parents and people a lot to talk about. Things that were not easy to talk about. It was a great vehicle for people to talk about those heavier issues.”

Now, fans might have thought Guy’s career was over after the show ended. Not so fast, my friends. Guy has turned herself into an actress, dancer, director, and motivational speaker. What’s she up to now? We will get to the bottom of it.

Jasmine Guy Has Put Together Quite A Career

But take a quick look at a brief list of movies and shows that Guy has been involved in throughout her career. They include Harlem Nights with Eddie Murphy, School Daze, Fame, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Living Single, The Vampire Diaries, and Grey’s Anatomy, according to First For Women.

What’s interesting to note is that Guy was nominated for an Emmy Award…for the first time in her career. It was for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Guy played Barbara Baldwin in the Tubi network series The Chronicle of Jessica Wu. She lots out, though, to Patricia Clarkson.

Beyond her acting abilities, Guy is one whale of a dancer and choreographer. She started performing for the legendary Alvin Ailey. But she turned reflective a little bit during an interview for Oprah.com’s online show, Who Am I?

Guy was born in Boston, Mass., then her parents decided to move down to Atlanta. Guy attended Northside Performing Arts High School in the city but faced many racially-charged situations. When she was 17, Guy got a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City.

Her first television exposure came when she was 19. Guy appeared as a dancer on Fame. That was in 1982, and A Different World actually popped up in her world. As we said, Guy started out just as a part of the cast before Bonet left The Cosby Show spin-off. Then, beyond acting on the show, Guy also proceeded to write and direct a few episodes. But she appeared in every episode of it.

‘A Different World’ Memories Fresh for Her, Hardison

Those years of working with people like Kadeem Hardison cannot be lessened by any person, according to Guy. “When I first got to A Different World, I had a contract and got $6,000 a week and I had a limited contract for seven episodes, me and Kadeem,” Guy said in an interview for the Uncensored podcast. “So when we came on to the show, by episode six, he was like, ‘What do you think?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t give up my apartment.’”

These days, Guy receives some type of residuals from the reruns airing.

At one point, Guy did stage work and that included time on Broadway in a revival of The Wiz in 1984. Guy married Terrence Duckett in 1988 and they had one child, a daughter, in their marriage. It ended in divorce in 2008, sending Guy and her daughter Imani to live in Atlanta.

Guy remains active in her career, whether that’s acting or speaking in public. She’s still remembered by fans for her work on TV, both past and present. It looks like nothing is going to keep Jasmine Guy down for long. And at 61 years old, she’s doing really well in all facets of her life.