This is Jada Pinkett Smith, an American icon blessed with countless gifts and dynamic talents. She is best known as a dancer, singer, songwriter, and actress, and is widely revered as the wife of popular black American actor and comedian Will Smith. Her family is one of the most admired in the entertainment industry, as many wonder how they managed to keep her together for so long. In addition to her strength in holding on to her marriage to Will Smith, Jada has also raised very successful children who are far ahead of their peers in the entertainment industry.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s Bio (Age)
Mrs. Smith was born on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, as Jada Koren Pinkett and named after her mother’s favorite soap opera actress, Jada Rowland. Growing up in Baltimore, Jada attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she studied dance and theater and graduated in 1989. She then continued her education at the North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles to continue her acting career.
Jada began acting in 1990 when she starred in an episode of True Colors before appearing in a television pilot for a drama called Moe’s World that never aired. The starlet then went on to guest appearances on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. (1991) and 21 Jump Street (1991), and was cast in the 1991 NBC television sitcom “A Different World” by comedian Bill Cosby as college freshman Lena James.
In 1993 she got her first movie role – Menace II Society – and in 1994 she played Ivory Wayans with Keenen in the action movie A Low Down Dirty Shame. After a role in Demon Knight (1995), Jada starred with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in the sci-fi movie The Nutty Professor (1996). She then had a role in Set It Off (1996) with Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise.
In 1997 she had a cameo role in Scream 2 as Maureen Evans, a college student who is brutally murdered in front of hundreds of moviegoers. In 2000, Pinkett was cast as Sloan Hopkins in Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled (2000). The film won the Freedom of Expression Award of the National Board of Review.
In 2002 Jada Smith formed the metal band Wicked Wisdom under the stage name Jada Koren with Pocket Honore, Cameron Graves, and Rio as band members. She then worked with the human rebel Niobe in the films The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), the 1999 sequels to The Matrix. It has been said that the character was written specifically with Pinkett Smith in mind.
Jada was the voice of Gloria the hippopotamus in the popular animated comedy Madagascar from 2005 and its sequels Madagascar: Flight 2 Africa (2008) and Madagascar III: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012).
In 2008 she made her directorial debut in the independent drama film The Human Contract, which showed more of her creative skills and talent as a film director. The film – in which she also acted as author and actress – starring Paz Vega and Idris Elba and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May of the same year.
In January 2009, Jada Pinkett Smith began working on the TNT medical drama Hawthorne, in which she was the executive producer and lead actress. Following her appearance on the television show, she received nominations for the NAACP Image Award and the Prism Award.
In the spring of 2012, Jada launched a web series called Red Table Talk, in which she introduced her daughter and her mother to promote dialogue within families. In 2013, the film actress appeared in a video clip for Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign to raise funds and awareness of women’s issues worldwide.
In 2014, when the year 2014 arrived, the veteran actress starred in the first season of Fox’s crime drama Gotham as Gotham City gangster Fish Mooney. Two years later, in 2016, she resumed her role as Mooney in many episodes of the second and third seasons of Gotham. That same year, the singer, who became an actress, had a supporting role as Stacy in the film comedy Bad Moms. She later played the role of Lisa Cooper in the 2017 comedy Girls Trip.
Starting in 2018, the movie star and wife of Will Smith will host a Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, based on her 2012 web series. The show, which features her mother and daughter, focuses on a wide range of topics.
Husband and Kids
The husband of Jada Pinkett Smith is the popular Hollywood actor and musician Will Smith. The couple met in 1994 when Jada auditioned for the role of the character’s girlfriend, Lisa Wilkes, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Although Jada was considered too short for the role (the role was given to Nia Long), a real-life romance followed, and the couple began dating in 1995. They were married two years later, on December 31, 1997, at Baltimore’s Cloisters Mansion, where about 100 guests were present. Since then they have become one of the hottest power couples in Hollywood.
Jada has two children with Will Smith; Jaden Smith (son: born 1998) and Willow Smith (daughter: born 2000). Their children have also found their way to fame: Jaden became a rapper, singer/songwriter, and actress, while Willow is a dancer, singer, and actress. Pinkett Smith is also the stepmother of Trey Smith, Will’s son from a previous marriage to Sheree Zampino.
Jada Pinkett Smith is a black American of Jamaican descent on her mother’s side and African-American descent on her father’s side. Her parents’ names are Adrienne Banfield-Jones and Robsol Pinkett, Jr.
When Banfield-Jones got pregnant in high school, the couple married, but the divorce came only after a few months.
Banfield-Jones raised Pinkett with the help of her own mother, Marion Martin Banfield, who noticed her granddaughter’s passion for the performing arts and signed her up for piano, tap-dancing, and ballet lessons. Jada is not an only child; she has a brother named Caleeb Pinkett, an actor like herself.
Jada Pinkett Smith is not quite tall, she is 4 feet 11 inches (1.52m) tall and she weighs 49kg or 108 lbs. Her disadvantaged height is made more obvious when compared to that of her husband Will who stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall.