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Regina King

Regina King is a popular American actress and director. Regina King gained fame playing various roles in several remarkable movies and series like The Boondocks, Southland, Down to Earth, Watchmen, Seven Seconds, etc.

Early Life

Regina King was born on 15 January 1971 and she is currently 51 years old. She hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and her zodiac sign is Capricorn. Growing up, she lived in View Park–Windsor Hills, California. Talking about her family, her mother is Gloria (Cain) and her father is Thomas King. Her mother was a special education teacher whereas her father is an electrician. Sadly, her parents divorced in the year 1979.

Likewise, she has a young sister named Reina King. Her sister is a former actress who appeared on What’s Happening Now!! Regarding her educational journey, she went to Westchester High School. From this institution, she graduated in 1988. Later on, she went on to study Communications at the University of Southern California. However, she dropped out after two years after she realized that her passion was acting. Moreover, her middle name is “Rene”.

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Caption: Regina King in a childhood photo. Source: People

Regina King – Professional Life and Career

Professionally, Regina King is a famous actress as well as a director. She has received numerous accolades and they are a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, and four Primetime Emmy Awards. In the year 2019, she was included as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Time magazine.

People initially noticed her for her role as Brenda Jenkins in 227. She played the role from 1985 to 1990. She also appeared in films and series like Friday, The Boondocks, and Southland. Likewise, the actress starred in American Crime from 2015 to 2017. For this role, this actress won two Primetime Emmy Awards.

In the year 2018, the actress starred in Seven Seconds. For this project, the actress won her 3rd Primetime Emmy Award. The same year, she also appeared in If Beale Street Could Talk, for which she bagged the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress”. Further, the actress won her 4th Primetime Emmy Award for her role in Watchmen in the year 2019.

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Caption: Regina King in a scene from The Harder They Fall. Source: Variety

Some well-known films that this actress starred in include Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Ray, A Cinderella Story, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous. Also, some notable TV series she starred in include The Leftovers and The Big Bang Theory. 

As a director, she directed episodes for Scandal in 2015 and 2016. She then directed episodes in This Is Us in 2017. She has also worked as a director for the music video for the 2010 song Finding My Way Back whose singer is Jaheim.

Likewise, she made her feature film directorial debut with the drama One Night in Miami… in the year 2020. For this project, the actress/director received nominations for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Director” and a Directors Guild of America Award for “First Time Feature Film”. The actress also became the 2nd black woman to receive a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Director”.

Regina King – Relationship Status

Regina King is currently single. However, she was previously married and her ex-husband is Ian Alexander Sr. The couple was together from the year 1997 to 2007, which ended in divorce. The two had a son named Ian Alexander Jr. Their son was a DJ born in the year 1996. Sadly, the couple’s child died by suicide on 21 January 2022 when he was only 26 years old.

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Caption: Regina King posing for a photo with her late son during an award ceremony. Source: Complex

Regina King – Body Measurements

Regina stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 3 inches or 160 cm. Likewise, the actress’s weight is around 55 kgs or 121 pounds. Moreover, the actress has a chest-waist-hip measurement of 34-26-35 inches respectively. Moreover, the American actress has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.

Social Media

Talking about her social media presence, Regina joined Twitter in July 2011 and so far has over 1.1 million followers on her @reginaking account. Likewise, she goes by the username @iamreginaking on Instagram. This account has a total of more than 2.3 million followers as of February 2022.

Net Worth

Moving on, this actress/director has a net worth of around $16 million US dollars.