Tempestt Bledsoe is an American actress who is popular for her role on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show where she starred as Vanessa Huxtable, the fourth child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable. She started her career as a kid in the 80’s and has now become one of the biggest TV stars. Read more about her below.
Tempestt Bledsoe Bio, Age
Tempestt Bledsoe was born on August 1, 1973, in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up knowing the stress and tragedy which divorce can have on children as her parents separated when she was still little. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance which she obtained from New York University.
At 10, she did her first TV work, appearing on TV biggest hit in 80’s Cosby Show. She was active in the show as Venessa Huxtable for 8 years starting from 1984 and ending in 1992. She also repeated her role as Venessa in A Different World, a spinoff of Cosby Show. In 1986, in between the Cosby show, the stunning actress took the role of Grace Wheeler in ABC Afterschool Special program, The Gift of Amazing Grace, appearing only on its Season 15, Episode 4.
The young actress then took a little break from the limelight before returning in the mid-1990s to host a daytime talk show, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show. The show was produced by Colombia-Tristar and Dick Clark. A brief appearance in the sitcom The Parker, a spin-off of UPN’s Moesha which aired from 1999 to 2004 followed.
In the 1990s, she appeared in the recurring role of a single mother on the ABC show The Practice. Other movies she also did in the 1990s include Strong Medicine aired on Lifetime Television Channel and South of Nowhere (a teen drama television series).
Her recent movies include Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar and Husband for Hire where she played Nina. The show aired on the Oxygen Channel. Tempestt also played Abby in the third season of the film The Replacement, a Disney Channel animated series. Tempestt Bledsoe appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club in 2009 in a bid to shed off some weight. Amazingly, she lost 19lb and has since stayed in shape. The vegetarian said the secret to maintaining perfect body measurements is to “eat healthily and not bother about the scale.”
After she got her ideal body, Tempestt grabbed a role to replace Niecy Nash as the host of Clean House on Style Network in 2010. In 2012, she lent her voice to the animated character Sheriff Hooper in the film ParaNorman (by Laika). The next year, she starred as Marny in the NBC sitcom Guys with Kids. A year after her Guys with Kids role, she repeated her role as Venessa Huxtable in the Instant Mom episode “Not Your Mother”. The stunner hasn’t done any more recent jobs except being a cast on some of the episodes of the all-time classic TV show The Cosby Show including You’re Not A Mother, Cliff Wet Adventure or Thanksgiving at the Huxtables.
Husband, Kids, Boyfriend
Tempestt Bledsoe isn’t married and she doesn’t have children yet. But she has a long-term boyfriend whom she has been dating since 1993. The lucky guy is her co-star in the NBC comedy A Different World where played Ron Johnson. His name is Darryl M. Bell and he is also known for his role in Big Brother X-Ray Vision in the 1988 Spike Lee film, School Daze. The two lovers also co-starred in the Fox Reality Channel series Househusbands of Hollywood, which debuted August 2009. Nobody is sure why they are not yet married or feel bothered about having kids, but Tempestt one time urged people to respect their relationship decisions which are in their best interest.
On a flip side, Tempestt Bledsoe is related to Drew Bledsoe. She is a second cousin to the American football player who played for the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.
Her Skin Condition
Tempestt Bledsoe is beautiful and tall. She is 1.72 meters tall that is 5’8 inches. It is believed that her body measurements are 34, 25 and 34 inches for her breasts, waist, and hip respectively. While the actress knows no struggle when it comes to her body, she has one skin-wise. The beautiful star has been battling with Vitiligo for quite long. This disorder usually occurs when the cells that produce melanin (which determines the color of skin and hair) dies or stop functioning. The effect is depigmentation of some sections of skin and sometimes the extent is unpredictable. That is why some blotchy discolorations can be spotted on the actress’ face.
There have been several skin lightening claims against Bledsoe due to her skin spots and discolorization. But the actress doesn’t bleach. She has been on the forefront of sensitization about skin protection against cancer.