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Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is best known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. In 2010 she became the host of the Style Network's Clean House.
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For one year, starting in 1995, she hosted a short-lived but well-received talk show called The Tempestt Bledsoe Show. Over the years, she has appeared in television shows such as The Practice, and in small films including the made-for-TV movie Husband For Hire. The decision to keep her post-Cosby workload light has been a conscious one, she says: "I tend to be picky, and turn down a lot of crap."
Bledsoe continues to pop up from time to time in popular culture. In 2006,
she appeared on the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club, where she attempted to shed 30 pounds from her 5-foot-8, 181-pound frame. She has also worked with her boyfriend of nearly two decades, Darryl M. Bell, who played student Ron Johnson, Jr. on the Cosby spin-off, A Different World. In 2009 the couple appeared together in the reality show Househusbands of Hollywood.
Two decades after The Cosby Show went off the air, Bledsoe remains best known for her role in one of America's favorite television families, and that's all right by her. "I totally embrace it," Bledsoe says. "It's love and respect for what you did and the show had such a profound effect on so many people, so it's never a negative thing. People usually say, 'Hey Vanessa,' and I let them know that I'm Tempestt, but it's always love."
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