INDEPENDENCE DAY—Vivica A. Fox major role was playing Will Smith’s love interest in “Independence Day” which was one of the biggest hits in movie history. Above she’s pictured with Smith, Bill Pullman in the movie. She will star in its sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence.” (AP Photo)

INDEPENDENCE DAY—Vivica A. Fox major role was playing Will Smith’s love interest in “Independence Day” which was one of the biggest hits in movie history. Above she’s pictured with Smith, Bill Pullman in the movie. She will star in its sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence.” (AP Photo)

Join legendary artist Vivica A. Fox on Friday June 17, at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, 6 p.m. as the Celebrity Host for Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh’s Black Tie Charity Event and The MC will be Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the POISE Foundation.

Proceeds will benefit event programs for the 2016 Juneteenth Festival.

You saw her in “Born on the 4th of July,” 1989; “Set It Off,”1996;  “Independence Day,” 1996; “Batman and Robin,”1997; “Booty Call,”1997; “Soul Food,” 1997; “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” 1998; “Hendrix,” 2000; “Kingdom Come,” 2001; “Juwanna Man,” 2002; “Kill Bill,” 2004;  “Getting Played,” 2005; “Love Chronicles,” 2010; and will see her in “Independence Day: Resurgence,” June 2016.

Vivica A. Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, on July 30, 1964, and is the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator. She is of Native American and African American descent and is proud of her heritage. She is a graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis, Ind, and, after graduating, moved to California to attend college. Vivica went to Golden West College and graduated with an Associate Art degree in Social Sciences. While in California, she started acting professionally, first on soap operas, such as “Generations” (1989), “Days of Our Lives” (1965) and “The Young and the Restless” (1973). In another early role, she played Patti LaBelle‘s fashion designer daughter, “Charisse Chamberlain,” on the NBC-TV series, “Out All Night” (1992). Her first big break was in the film, “Independence Day” (1996), along with Will Smith, and also “Set It Off” (1996) with Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Else. She has earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of “Maxine” in the 1997 motion picture, “Soul Food”  (1997), which netted her MTV Movie Award and NAACP Image Award nominations. In 2000, she was casted in the medical drama, City of Angels (2000), as “Dr. Lillian Price”. She has had roles in many other movies ever since, such as: Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Two Can Play That Game (2001) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). In 2004, Fox was in an episode of Punk’d (2003), where her pregnant friend pretended to go into labor, but they became angry when a paramedic appeared to care more about taking pictures than delivering the baby. Vivica also took another television role, from 2004 to 2006, as she starred in the drama series, 1-800-Missing (2003), on the Lifetime Television Network. In 2007, she was a contender on Dancing with the Stars (2005) and stayed until she was voted off in the fourth week. In 1998, Vivica A. Fox married singer Christopher Harvest (aka Sixx-Nine), whom she later divorced in June 2002. She also dated rapper 50 Cent, however this was a brief relationship.

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