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African-American Breakout Roles vs. Now

Jada Pinkett Smith Then

Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett started her acting career by moving to L.A. and staying with producer LaVern Whitt, a family friend, who introduced her to actors and helped her find an agent. She received several guest roles on TV shows in the early 1990s, and finally got a role in the comedy film, “A Low Down Dirty Shame.” However, Jada gained major recognition in the 1996 movie “The Nutty Professor” alongside co-star Eddie Murphy. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff

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