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Full Name: Debra Wilson [news]
Date of Birth: April 26th, 1962
Place of Birth: Queens, NY
Height / Weight: 5'7" / <unknown>
Seasons on MADtv: 1-8 (1995 - 2003)

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Debra Wilson was born on April 26th, 1962 in Queens, New York. Her family was a very funny family, who enjoyed laughing a lot, so much to the point that Debra says that her two sisters are even more funnier than she is. "I believe that my sisters are funnier than me. My older sister LaSet is definitely funnier than me, and I came from a family that did laugh a lot. Were very serious at times, but we did laugh a lot."

She got into sketch comedy when she went to go see an improv comedy troupe doing a show nearby. During the show the troupe asked for a volunteer. No one in the audience would volunteer, so Debra put up her hand up and became a part of the sketch. The troupe and the time had no black women, and Debra showed such promise that they asked her immediately after the show if she would join. Debra said no at first, because she felt it would interfere with her job at New York Parks and Recreations Department, but then agreed later when she was told that it would not affect her day job. In this troupe, Debra learned how to do sketch, improv, and writing. When the group was done, Debra played around with other groups, including The Apollo Comedy Hour, and The Uptown Comedy Club.

In 1995, Debra was told by a friend that there was a new pilot for a sketch comedy show, and that she wanted her to audition with her. That show was MADtv, and to Debra's surprise she was given one of the 8 spots on the show. At first, Debra didn't want to do the show due to fear. She stated "I didn't want to do the show, and that was based on fear and low self-esteem. I really didn't want to do the show, because everything I had done comedy wise in New York, it had gone a certain distance and then it stopped". Also, Debra had done 3 shows already that had failed, and she had gotten so use to the failure, that she feared MADtv would also be a failure. Along with this, Debra still had her Parks and Recreations job, and if she took MADtv, she would have to give up that job. Debra, however, was able to swallow that fear, and took the job.

To Debra's luck, MADtv was a success, but for Debra, she did have a problem on the show. Going into the shows 4th season, Debra was one of only 3 original players (the others being Phil LaMarr, and Nicole Sullivan) still on the show, but out of the 3 of them, she was the only one who had not been in every episode since the shows incarnation, and she had yet to create one long lasting character. Debra attributes this to herself caring too much. So in season 4, Debra stated "I stopped caring about being wanted, I stopped caring about trying to be the funniest, I stopped caring about how many sketches I was going to do, I stopped caring, I surrendered. Once I chose that, and I accepted that, and I embraced that's when everything else tended to come to me. That's when writers said "I want to work on things", that's when things started to open up creatively.". And things did start to open up creatively, as in that season Debra created some of her most well known characters, including Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson, and Melina of Lida and Melina.

After the shows 6th season, fellow original Nicole left the show to peruse other acting roles. With Phil gone the previous season, this made Debra the last remaining original cast member on MADtv. Debra would hold this title for another 2 seasons, before leaving the show after the 8th season. To this day, Debra still holds many records on the show including the record for longest serving female cast member, and the only black female cast member to go the full 5 years (considered the benchmark for many cast members) on the show.

After MADtv, Debra moved on and did little things in Hollywood. She made constant appearances on E! list shows, and in 2006, Debra got a role on the TV Guide show TV Watercooler; however, she was replaced in October of 2006 by Teresa Strasser.

However, despite all these roles, one thing was missing from Debra's life: love. She had looked everywhere for it, but after not finding it, and going to lengths like paying $10,000 at a dating service, she thought she would never find that true love. But like she did with MADtv, Debra surrendered, and 2 weeks later, Cliff Skelton came to her door. Cliff Skelton is a screenplay writer and director, and was currently living in Vancouver, Canada when he met Debra. Cliff met Debra at her home. He had a movie that he had been able to get funding for from the Canadian Film Board to make, and wanted Debra to be in the film. Debra liked the film because it was not a comedy, but a sociological thriller. Debra also had a feeling that Cliff was going to be the man she was going to marry, and after a few months of dating, they were married in April of 2006.

In 2009, Debra was the unknown insperation for the higest grossing film of all time. In 2007, famed director James Cameron of Terminator 2, and Titanic fame chose her to be one of the prototype models for the Navi tribe for his new movie Avatar, according to the book on the making of the film called The Art of Avatar. Along with this distinction, Debra was also given an non-speaking role in the movie, and is seen frequently through the film. In only a little over a month, the movie became the highest grossing movie of all time. With the popularity of the film, and the evolution it made to the film industry in the way of its use of CGI, Debra's unknown prominate role in the famed film may one day get recognized for how truly influential her role was to the film.

MADtv was Debra's first long lasting role in Hollywood, and she would not forget the show that made her famous, as she would return to MADtv 4 different times after leaving the show in seasons 10, 13, and 14. As seen, what Debra learned while on MADtv, has helped her out throughout her life. By learning to surrender, and not caring as much as she use to about everything, she was able to stabilize herself on MADtv, and find the love of her life. This mindset will hopefully help her continue to find roles for many years to come.

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  • Debra owns two boa constrictors named Victor and Lizzie, two cats -- one of which is named Nala -- and an Indonesian emperor scorpion named King Solomon!
  • Debra is not only musically gifted with her beautiful singing voice, but also with the Australian Aboriginal instrument, the didgeridoo.
  • Debra is truly a kid at heart. She enjoys playing with puppets -- especially marionettes!
  • Debra is attempting to completely tattoo her back, and has just recently completed the goal of tattooing her entire arms, known in the tattoo world as "sleeves".
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  • "Whatttt'ddd I doooooo?" --Bunifa
  • "Is it 'cuz I'm black!?" --Bunifa
  • "Sit your ass on down for a big ol' slice of truth, with a siiiiide of wisdom." --Tovah McQueen (Reality Check)
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  • "I am willing to take my clothes off in front of America!" --Debra Wilson (Pyramid: "Episode #1054")
  • "The world needs humor like it needs love." --Debra Wilson (Media Television Interview)
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Blackwind, shes not currently working on season 8.... Lol

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When it was written, it was still season 8.

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Don't forget for fun facts, Debra likes to play the didgeridoo and w/ marionette puppets, or was it puppets in general?

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Yo, Christina if you look at the date, it was done like a couple days ago..

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Yo, Christina if you look at the date, it was done like a couple days ago..
yeah but its Cat's bio, which was made a couple of months ago..
Anyways lets try to stay strictly on topic in these forums (just thought i'd mention that, its been happenining in OTHER threads)

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I found a link to a picture of Debra arriving at the 2003 Emmy awards.


If it doesn't work for you let me know


http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc3...79336634&num=1


And another pic of Debra holding a snake arriving at an animal charity function




http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc3...53818034&num=6


Same function but with a dog named LuLu this time


http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc3...53819086&num=7

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Does it take forever to load or something?

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Here's an article I found about Debra Co Hosting an awards Red Carpet Special with one of the Queer Eye Guys, that aired February 20th 2004. So we all missed it.



BRAVO TO AIR INDEPENDENT SPIRIT ARRIVALS


United Press International; 2/20/2004




United Press International

02-20-2004

Bravo to air Independent Spirit arrivals

BURBANK, Calif., Feb 20, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Bravo said it will present its first-ever red carpet arrival show before this year's broadcast of the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles.

"Red Carpet Arrivals: The IFP Independent Spirit Awards" will premiere Feb. 28 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST, and will be immediately followed by Bravo's airing of the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST.

Co-hosted by "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" fashion guru Carson Kressley and comedienne/actress Debra Wilson, formerly of "Mad TV," viewers can expect the arrival special to mirror the unconventional tone of the awards.

Scheduled to present are Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Kate Beckinsale, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Hopper, Djimon Hounsou, Laura Linney, Sir Ian McKellen, Dylan McDermott, Samantha Morton, Mark Ruffalo, Blair Underwood, Naomi Watts, and Elijah Wood.

Hosted by John Waters, the awards ceremony is produced by IFP/Los Angeles and is a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that dare to challenge the status quo.

SUBJECT CODE: 04010003 08006000 01005000 01016000

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It shouldn't

I got it from the same site www.highbeam.com that I got all those articles on Mo at.

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Celebrities from TV, Movies and Music To Help Children with Cancer Participate in Fund-Raising Torch Relay in Long Beach; Media Invited: 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14 at Rainbow Harbor Esplanade in Long Beach.


PR Newswire; 6/13/2003



LONG BEACH, Calif. -- LONG BEACH, Calif., June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 40 celebrities will join 200 children with cancer, sickle cell disease or other serious blood disorders on Saturday, June 14, as they run, walk, wheel or are carried in a relay, passing an Olympic-style torch to raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach. The annual Champions Run for Life event, a.k.a. "Torch Run," will take place at the Long Beach Rainbow Harbor Esplanade (adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Run participants are accompanied by their families and sponsors in addition to the celebrities and costumed characters (see attachment for complete list). After the relay, attendees enjoy carnival games and entertainment until 2 p.m.

TIMELINE:
8:30 a.m. - Participants arrive and register
10 a.m. - Torch Run begins
Noon - Torch Run finishes; carnival games begin
PARKING:
Parking is available at the parking structure located next to the Aquarium
of the Pacific
GREAT VISUALS:
This is an extremely colorful event. Celebrities will join kids with cancer in the relay with an Olympic-style torch, with 4-5 relays going at once around the grassy hill at the center of the Rainbow Harbor Esplanade. Each child who participates in the relay will be given a medal as they complete their lap.

Celebrities Scheduled to Participate in 18th Annual Champions Run for Life
Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrity Accomplishments
Trevor Morgan The Rookie, Jurassic Park III, ER
Erica Beck Finding Nemo 2003
Ashlie Brillault Lizzie McGuire
Dylan Cash General Hospital
Ethan Dampf American Dreams
Scott Eagen General Hospital
Arlen Escarpeta American Dreams
Miko Hughes Clockstoppers
Angus T. Jones Bringing Down the House
Josh Keaton Young and the Restless
Marcelle Larice Woman on Fire
Vanessa Lengies American Dreams
Darris Love The Secret World of Alex Mack
Byron McIntyre The Tuxedo
Kristin McQuaid American Dreams
Austin Majors NYPD Blue
Cole Marcus America's Most Talented Kid
Myles Marsico Stuart Little
Olivia Marsico Jerry Maguire
Christopher Massey The District, Yes Dear
Kyle Massey That's So Raven
Erica Mer The City, Charmed
Trevor Morgan Jurassic Park III, The Patriot
Sarah Ramos American Dreams
Slash Guns N' Roses
Lynne Stewart Enough
Lauren Storm Boston Public, Grounded for Life
Clayton Snyder Lizzie McGuire
Leonor Varela The Tailor of Panama, Blade 2
Wil Wheaton Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Debra Wilson Mad TV
Gregg Young Band
The Hollywood Hoopsters
Curtis Andersen Sabrina, 7th Heaven
Alana Curry Bold & the Beautiful, B.H. 90210
Delious Kennedy All 4 One
Joel Michaely Can't Hardly Wait, Popular
Paige Peterson Hangtime, Maybe it's Me
Eric Priestley Port Charles, Boston Public
Robert Rasner Third Rock from the Sun
Costumed Characters
Belmont Shore Lion
Geoffrey the Giraffe
Summer the Sea Otter
Spike the Ice Dog
McGruff the Crime Dog
Clown (Don Jones)
CONTACT: media, Joni Ramirez of Miller Children's Hospital, +1-562-933-2805, or cell, +1-562-810-5784

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I got it from the same site www.highbeam.com that I got all those articles on Mo at.
I even included it as an allowable site to recieve pop-ups from and it still just sits there and loads forever.

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it loads for me, but no pic shows up.. It says something about instant access.. ?? Is this one of those sites that you need to pay for?

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Its a site you can get a free trial from. Its like 2 weeks then you have to pay for it.

I'm sorry.

Here's a link to a review of the Oscars and The Indie Spirit Awards with a little evil blurb on Debra.



http://www.orlandosentinel.com/enter...oll=orl-caltop

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this is a website where a guy collects autographed pics from celebrities. There is one from Debra and Nicole Sullivan on it.

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If anyone watched (or taped) the American Idol concert show the other night (Ya know, the qualifying round, not the elimination round) you may have seen Debra. She was front and centre with her golden dreadlocks. I'mma try and get a screen cap off someone at the site this was posted, but I highly doubt it is possible They're a pack of c**ts Apparently she has been spotted at shows since season 1- But does that surprise anyone? She's supposedly good friends with Paula and Randy and there have been alot of Idol/ Mad TV tie ins (Moreso with Idol on Mad TV than the other way around...lol)

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If anyone watched (or taped) the American Idol concert show the other night (Ya know, the qualifying round, not the elimination round) you may have seen Debra. She was front and centre with her golden dreadlocks. I'mma try and get a screen cap off someone at the site this was posted, but I highly doubt it is possible They're a pack of c**ts Apparently she has been spotted at shows since season 1- But does that surprise anyone? She's supposedly good friends with Paula and Randy and there have been alot of Idol/ Mad TV tie ins (Moreso with Idol on Mad TV than the other way around...lol)
Yeah... she was at the final show of American Idol 1, when Kelly won... so was mike and Mo.

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