Jasmine Guy (born March 10, 1962) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her starring role as Whitley Gilbert in the television sitcom A Different World. Born to an African American father and Portuguese American mother, Guy was raised in the affluent historic Collier Heights neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the former Northside Performing Arts High School (now North Atlanta High School). Her mother is Jaye Rudolph (1930-), a former high school teacher, and her father, the Reverend William Guy (1928-), was pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta, which served as an early home to Spelman College. At the age of 17, she moved to New York City to study dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
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