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Vivica A. Fox is an African-American film and television actress. She got her start in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and is known for her role in the film Soul Food.
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Vivica A. Fox was born on July 30, 1964, in South Bend, Indiana. In 1989, she earned a role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a bit part in Born on the Fourth of July. In 1996, she landed her breakout film role in Independence Day. She sought to create a more positive image with the 2001 film Two Can Play That Game. Since then, Fox has continued to land prominent film and TV roles.
"I think the older I get, the better I look. I'm spiritually very happy, and the wisdom I've gained with age has made me a better and stronger person."
"As a child, I was fascinated with modeling, clothes and stars. I just thought, 'Ooh, I want to do what they're doing. That looks like fun.' I loved Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. They were inspirations for me. They lived in California, and they got to meet great people."
"When I was a senior [in high school], I'd get in trouble all the time because I would finish my work and immediately open movie magazines."
Actress Vivica Anjanetta Fox was born on July 30, 1964, in South Bend, Indiana. Her mother, Everlyena Fox, worked as a pharmaceutical technician, and her father, William Fox, was a school administrator. Vivica Fox's parents divorced when she was 3 years old, and she was raised primarily by her mother. Fox describes herself as a hyperactive child whose favorite pastime was roller-skating.
Vivica A. Fox attended Arlington High School in Indianapolis, where she threw herself into every after-school activity she could cram into her schedule: choir, cheerleading, volleyball, track and, especially, basketball. A 5-feet 7-inch forward, Fox played on the Indianapolis city championship basketball team in 1982. "I'm so proud of that because we worked really hard," she recalled. "I wish we'd known then that we could go to the WNBA. But hey, then I probably wouldn't have become an actress."
In addition to her passion for sports, Fox also had a childhood obsession with Hollywood celebrities. "As a child," she said, "I was fascinated with modeling, clothes and stars. I just thought, 'Ooh, I want to do what they're doing. That looks like fun.' I loved Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. They were inspirations for me. They lived in California, and they got to meet great people." Fox decided she wanted to be a performer one day when she went to see a Diana Ross concert. "I remember that concert, and that did it," she said.
By her senior year of high school at Arlington, Fox's dreams of Hollywood stardom had taken over her life. "When I was a senior," she remembered, "I'd get in trouble all the time because I would finish my work and immediately open movie magazines."
A month after graduating from high school in 1982, Vivica A. Fox decided to move to Los Angeles to try to make it as an actress. Fox's mother reluctantly agreed to let her daughter go and pursue her dreams. "She was only 17 years old," Everlyena Fox later recalled. "I had to pray and ask the Lord what to do. I finally realized she could be nothing here, and I released her into His care." However, Vivica's mother also imposed one condition: Fox had to go to school as a backup plan in case acting didn't work out. Fox complied with her mother's wish, attending Golden Coast College and graduating with an associate's degree in social sciences. Fox then moved to New York to try her hand at modeling, but she returned to Los Angeles after only six months. "My modeling career just didn't jump off," she said. "Besides, I see myself as a West Coast girl."
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