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Garcelle Beauvais-Nilson

as Nora Gage

Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon starred in the award-winning drama series "NYPD Blue."  She also starred opposite Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins in the comedy film "Bad Company," directed by Joel Schumacher.

Beauvais-Nilon first pulled heartstrings as a smart, ambitious and sassy young model in the series "Models Inc."  Following this role, she appeared in national commercials for Diet Coke and American Express (with Jerry Seinfeld) and on MTV as a vixen in an R. Kelly music video.  She then showcased her comedic talents by starring for five seasons as the drop-dead bombshell Fancy Monroe, in The WB's hit sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show."  Other film credits include "Double Take," opposite Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin; and "Second String," opposite Gil Bellows, Jon Voight and Richard T. Jones.

Born in St. Marc, Haiti, Beauvais-Nilon is the youngest of five sisters and two brothers.  At age seven, she immigrated to the U.S. with her mother and siblings.  While her mother attended nursing school in New York, Beauvais-Nilon stayed in a boarding school in Massachusetts.  Already fluent in French and Creole, Beauvais-Nilon learned English from watching "Sesame Street."  When she was 16, her family moved to Miami, where she fed her appetite for acting with stage plays at school.  She began modeling in print ads, catalogs and commercials at age 17.

After signing with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York, she appeared in ads for Avon, Clairol and Mary Kay Cosmetics, as well as a number of magazine layouts and catalogs.

Mother to a 12-year-old son, Oliver, Beauvais-Nilon spends her free time watching movies, playing volleyball and tennis and walking on the beach.  Her birth date is November 26.