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Jill Scott is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist who's also a poet and actress, known for roles in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Steel Magnolias.
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Martin's Press. She then made her film debut portraying blues great Big Mama Thornton in Hounddog, starring Dakota Fanning, which was showcased at Cannes in 2007. That same year saw the U.S. release of Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married,
in which Scott was among an ensemble cast that included Janet Jackson and Perry himself. She reprised her role for the film's 2010 sequel as well.
Scott's next big acting project involved being the lead in the 2009 HBO series adaptation of the hit novel The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, with Anthony Minghella handling directorial duties for the show's premiere. Scott portrayed Precious Ramotswe, a caring yet forceful visionary who starts her own investigation business in Botswana. The same year, Scott also became a mom, giving birth to a son.
After splitting with Hidden Beach, Scott signed with Warner Bros. and in the summer of 2011 released The Light of the Sun, which reached No. 1 on Billboard's albums charts and featured the Top 10 R&B hit, "So in Love," with vocalist Anthony Hamilton. The album also contained the track "Womanifesto," a version of which Scott performed at the White House's Evening of Poetry.
Scott returned to TV in 2012 in the Lifetime remake of famed play and film Steel Magnolias, co-starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard, among others. For 2013, Scott signed on to take a role as a doctor in the CBS cop-drama pilot Second Sight and will be featured in the film Baggage Claim, scheduled for the fall.
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