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An attractive, rising African-American star of film and TV, Elise Neal first garnered attention with roles in four films released in 1997, including playing a teenager whose family takes in a mysterious border in John Singleton's "Rosewood," Chris Tucker's pregnant girlfriend in "Money Talks" and as Neve Campbell's college roommate in "Scream 2." Born and raised in Tennessee, Neal originally hoped for a career as a dancer and spent one year studying in Philadelphia after high school. Relocating to Manhattan, she made her Broadway debut in the short-lived, all-black revival of the Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!" in 1990 and supported herself doing commercials. Branching into acting, Neal appeared in an episode of "Law & Order" and landed a recurring role of a street-smart teen on the ABC soap opera "Loving" in 1994. A memorable turn as a young breast cancer patient on "Chicago Hope" led to the regular role of Lt. J.J. Fredricks on the NBC sci-fi series "seaQuest DSV" during the 1995-96 season. Following her banner year, the actress appeared as a waitress and singer who begins an interracial romance with a bartender in the acclaimed independent film "Restaurant" (1998). After establishing herself in features, Neal returned to the small screen to play the exasperated wife of a successful suburbanite in "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000; UPN, 2000-02).
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Appeared on Broadway in the short-lived all-black revival of "Oh, Kay!"
TV acting debut in episode of NBC's "Law & Order"
Filmed a supporting role in "Let It Be Me"; movie never released
Had recurring role on the ABC soap opera "Loving" for four months
Played a teenager with breast cancer in a memorable episode of "Chicago Hope"
Primetime series debut as regular, played Lt. Fredricks on the NBC series "seaQuest DSV"
Breakthrough screen role opposite Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen in "Money Talks"
Played Hallie, the roommate of Neve Campbell's Sydney Prescott, in "Scream 2"
First released film, "Rosewood", directed by John Singleton
Co-starred in the independent feature "Restaurant"
Appeared as the wife of D L Hughley in the sitcom "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000; UPN, 2000-2002)
Acted in Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars"
Cast as Tia Jewel in the UPN comedy "All of Us" produced by Will and Jada Smith
Starred in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow" opposite Terrence Dashon Howard
Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada