Tina Lifford is truly one of the rare species in Hollywood. She is not just a popular actress but is also an accomplished playwright and author. Since commencing her career, she has featured in at least 100 movies and TV series. One of them is the award-winning drama, Queen Sugar. In it, she portrays a vivacious matriarch who is in a steamy relationship with a younger man. Apart from acting, Lifford is also the author of several self-help books and the initiator of a wellness program. Get to know more about the veteran actress here including her net worth, marriage, and more
Tina Lifford Biography
Tina Lifford was born on the 1st day of May 1966 in the town of Evanston, Illinois. She hails from a family of six which includes her parents, David and Dorothy Lifford. The actress also has two sisters namely Marlene and Pam, as well as a brother, Steve. Her only brother, Steve, is unfortunately late. He died of a drug overdose which left the entire family heartbroken. It was his sad demise that made the actress to become passionate about inner wellbeing.
When Tina Lifford was growing up in Evanston, her family was the first and only African-American family on their street. The actress has revealed that their white neighbours were not discriminatory but rather kind. Tina Lifford had her education at Foster and Washington Schools, both in Evanston. She is also an alumni of Santa Monica University.
She fell in love with acting quite young and when she was 12, the family relocated to L.A. so that she could pursue her dreams. Lifford commenced her career in the early 80s, appearing in TV shows such as She Wrote, Cagney & Lacey, Murder and more. She also landed minor parts in movies such as The Ladies Club (1986), Nuts (1987), and Colours (1988).
Lifford got her well-deserved breakthrough in 1994 when she got the leading role on the Fox comedy show, South Central. Even though the show lasted for just one season, she gave a good account of herself, thus becoming a household name in Hollywood.
Since that 1994 breakthrough, Tina Lifford has not looked back. She has appeared in TV shows such a CSI, Criminal Minds, Single Ladies, Scandal, Queen Sugar, and Parenthood. She has also racked up appearances in highly acclaimed movies such as Pay It Forward, Hostage, Joe Somebody, America’s Dream, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Mandela and De Klerk (in which she portrayed the indefatigable activist and wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela).
Tina Lifford has an estimated net worth of over $15 million. She made her fortune mainly from her prolific acting career. Other sources of income include book royalties as well as private investments. Tina Lifford has several published books to her credit. Some of them are The Little Book of Big Lies, Truths That Set You Free, and The 14 Practices of Inner Health and Wellbeing for Building and Maintaining Emotional and Spiritual Strength.
Lifford also has a play to her name. The play is titled The Circle and debuted in 2010. It tells the story of seven diverse women who are navigating various problems such as Alzheimer’s and sexuality. The play has been shown at sold-out venues in her native Chicago and California. It has also been shown overseas in countries such as Uganda.
The actress is also very passionate about inner health and is the CEO of a wellness network, The Inner Fitness Project. The project aims to help people realize that they should not just focus on their physical fitness but also, inner wellbeing. The project has a special bias towards women and seeks to help them achieve a stress-free life.
Is She Married (Who is Her Husband or Boyfriend?)
The Queen Sugar star has never been married. Her relationship history is also scant as there have hardly been any rumors romantically linking her to a fellow actor. However, this does not mean that Lifford has been a nun all her life. She must have been in some relationships, just that she has kept it out of the spotlight. She revealed herself in a 2016 interview that she has dated younger guys as well as guys who were not African-Americans.