Kimberly Elise (born April 17, 1967) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Set It Off, Beloved, John Q, The Manchurian Candidate, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and most notably for her performance in the film For Colored Girls. For television, she best known for her role as Maureen Scofield on the CBS drama Close to Home. Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (nee Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm. She has three siblings. Elise studied film and acting at the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in Mass Communications.
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