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This beautiful young lady grew up to play a pivotal role in a classic 1980s comedy movie. The much-anticipated sequel is finally in production after 31 years! This actress will reprise her unforgettable role in the movie. She only spoke a few lines in the original movie, but her scenes were the most memorable, according to a poll. Can you guess who she is?

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If you guessed actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, you were right! Give yourself a pat on the back.

Did you know Vanessa is a breast cancer survivor? Vanessa, 62, teamed up with the Ad Council and Susan G. Komen to raise awareness of the risks of breast cancer. This powerful campaign was created for Black women to help us better understand our risks. Black women have the highest risk of breast cancer among women.

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Vanessa's web series "In the Company of Friends: All Things Healthy" features candid conversations with famous friends, including actress and "Ambitions" star Essence Atkins, a breast cancer survivor who appeared in the web series' 1st episode on August 19 (watch below).

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Other guests will include breast cancer survivors, celebrities, researchers, physicians and more. In the Company of Friends, you can find the special bond we celebrate when we're sharing life's joys, challenges, and everything in between. Join our Company of Friends for inspirational conversation, delectable food, and good times.

  • Uptown2501

    Glad she is raising awareness! I had no idea she was a survivor.

  • MsSapphire9800

    The beautiful Mrs. Vanessa Bell Calloway..she still look like her childhood picture..62 looks good on her. She also had a double sister was inspired by her during her breast cancer journey.

  • Yardgirl

    Beautiful lady!! Blessings to her and all the other survivors!!

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Beautiful. 62 where gurl wow. Ill be watching

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    She looks the Same!!!

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  • Jai

    She's always been beautiful! I'm interested to see what her character will be up to in Coming to America 2. Lowkey wish she is a queen of another kingdom and doing well since she was rejected in such an embarrassing way.

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  • Pamela

    Was she in the movie Coming to America?

  • Jai

    Shes the beautiful goddess that was arranged to marry Hakeem and did everything he wanted and he rejected her to find a light skinned woman in America.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I ABSOLUTELY love both of these women.Vanessa(whom I worked with on "Strong Medicine") Believe it or not I never worked with Essence Atkins(whom stays working and is slaying her role as a believable character in "Ambitions")

  • currvalicious

    Always loved VBC.....

  • Guest

    Still beautiful. Love her.

  • Pamela

    Okay. I guessed correctly then, hadn't even read the other comments downstream. She's always been cute.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Vanessa Bell Calloway!!!

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  • Keira

    Love her. She will always be to me Yvonne who stole Jsssie from Angie in All My Children in the 80s. .

  • Coy little wink

    Vanessa is a the natural hair ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Beautiful woman?

  • TheOwley

    62? No way.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Beauty is her Name...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Shouldve put that trick in her place??

  • Andrea Williams

    I love her on 'Saints and Sinners'. She is ruthless.

  • Facts and Receipts

    Did you know Vanessa is a breast cancer survivor?
    Yes. She is one of my all time faves.

    Why you reduce her to that role? I mean iconic yes but it was...short.

    Vanessa is a trained Alvin Ailey dancer with Broadway under her belt---including being in the original Dreamgirls.

    Keep on keepin on Vanessa!

  • Junkanoo

    The only time I see Vanessa Bell Calloway is on Shameless and Netflix hasn't even bothered to add the last season. I won't be watching Coming to America 2 I would like to see a all black Sci- fi movie or films about African Kingdoms predating the arrival of the Europeans . Africans left Africa to explore the world way before Christoper Columbus those types of films are sorely needed . Am bored with Hollywoods mindless tripe give me some substance or piss off.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I am a FAN

  • WhoKnew

    I thought the second pic was Wanda Sykes. Lemmee go put my readers on. I think the hair threw me off.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I love this lady. She has always kept it classy.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    awwww im sorry you didn't have a good experience with her. I don't know her personally. But a friend's daughter went to school with her daughter when they lived in Baldwin...and she mentioned she was not always nice. Maybe she was threatened by your youth...and whether any of your friends was digging her man...idk.. I'm still a fan.

  • EasyBreezy

    Here's my Google-adjacent Rose spiting knowledge again! Thank you. Carry-on.

  • EasyBreezy

    Chile..... when you throw your own mama in an asylum to protect your reputation, you ARE ruthless. And yes, her character kills folks, too. LOVE that show.

  • EasyBreezy

    Did you go there with AMC? That was my show after school. Point blank. Period. That was the first time I saw a young Black guy on television that was not stealing and killing.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    That was too easy. You should have put up an unaltered picture of Nene Leakes.

  • EasyBreezy

    Say what? Clearly, there was something threatening about you going on in her head. Sounds like you kept it classy.... congrats.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    speaking of believable...Do you find Robin Given's role in the show believable?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "all black Sci- fi movie or films about African Kingdoms predating the arrival of the Europeans"
    That would be interesting.

  • EasyBreezy

    "...rejected her to find a light skinned woman in America..." Chile.... I loved that movie but ALWAYS had a problem with that symbolism in the casting.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    U mememba that? Wow Gurl, U taking me back!

  • KcoolMuziq

    No not at all. She’s too over the top.

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  • chaisun

    I’ve always thought she was so pretty ??.

  • Fire & Ice

    Vanessa Bell Calloway! It's so obvious ?

  • Rayne

    She looks the same.

  • Shenanigans1

    Lol every time I get asked what I want to eat, I always quote Vanessa Bell Calloway in coming to America, “whatever food you like” and I open my arms like she does in the movie. ?

  • Shenanigans1

    Too much. Yes like the other person said she had to have been threatened. God I hope when I get to be older I don’t have that nasty attitude toward women younger than me. That is so insecure!!

  • Shenanigans1

    Yes he even played Lisa’s sister to the left a bunch though she was just as beautiful.

  • Hunni24

    me too!! and I have on my readers. LOL

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  • Dahl

    Such a cutie, and still beautiful...

  • Bree

    We see her in a different manner on Saints and Sinners! That show is so crazy!!

  • Nunya Business

    She's your Queeennn to toohoo beehee!!!

  • Nophace

    Who's white in her family bcz I'm almost certain both her parents are black....

  • Nicol B

    cept for that pinched nose. lol

  • Tee Bullock

    lol, i love that show!

  • Miss Lady

    She looks exactly the same.

  • Bree

    Me too. I like Tami Roman's role on the show also. Can't wait until Sunday's finale. I will have my smothered chicken and cornbread on deck!

  • Andrea Williams

    Her mother is just as bad or worse. Did you see how she put some of her medication in the tea and gave it to her grandson and that other lady when they came to visit? She almost killed them when he passed out at the wheel. That is where Ella gets her ruthlessness from. Her mother is the QUEEN of ruthlessness. Season finale is Sunday. Doesn't that seem quick to you? Anyhoo, I will be right there watching.

  • Renee26

    She's absolutely stunning!!

  • Renee26

    Which she should have left alone

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  • sunni_daze

    Anything you like

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    i agree

  • Rhyme and Reason

    And, so is her mini me daughter, I saw on IG!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    She’s gone through breast cancer, chemo (?), weight loss, a divorce, and also a mom, that might have contributed her appearance!

    I noticed the change too!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Love both of these ladies!

    This is much needed because early detection is important!

    Vanessa is timeless, talented and beautiful!

  • T Willis

    I didn’t even know she was a breast cancer survivor. The last I heard she met her husband on Christian mingle or something and had a baby. That’s crazy.

  • T Willis

    I would like to see a movie on how our ppl were sold into slavery. What the African tribes were like and how/who negotiated the deal with the Europeans. How they captured/sold. That’s the story I want to see. I’m sick of seeing slavery middle story and forward. Let’s get a damn prequel of the how/why/who...

  • Yetunde

    That dimple is undeniable.

  • MRiGOThim

    My Uncle, who is 63, was just talkin about how beautiful VBC still is :P

  • Rhyme and Reason

    She’s low-key, divorced back in 2016. You never know what people are going through, but “This too shall pass!”

  • Logan Roberts

    Vanessa always reminded me of, one of those favorite aunts you can call and confide in and she won't tell your mama lol.

  • Kimocha

    Wow!.. I didn't know Vanessa OR Essence were breast cancer survivors!... I've always loved these 2 as actresses and am so glad they made it thru the storm... May God continue to bless them both.

  • Lady_Elle

    I knew exactly who it was. She looks the same... just more mature. :-D

  • EasyBreezy
  • Black Dynomiiiite!!!

    Interesting idea. I'd watch it