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Wanda Sykes

Comedian, Writer and Actress Wanda Sykes
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Profession: Comedian, Writer and Actress

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Wanda Sykes acreer in entertainment began appearing as a stand-up comedienne in the late 1980s. She has since appeared in a number of her own televised comedy specials. In 2009 she was the featured entertainer for Barack Obama's White House Correspondents Association Gala dinner.

Sykes also has a considerable career as a TV writer, she joined the staff of "The Chris Rock Show" in 1997, acting on the show as well, and was part of a writing team that won four Emmys. She also began acting on TV and in films, with regular appearances in Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "The New Adventures of Old Christine" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Black-ish". In 2018 Sykes was made head writer for the "Roseanne" revival starring Roseanne Barr, but resigned after a controversial tweet by Barr that eventually result in the show's cancellation.

Sykes has been nominated for 10 Emmy awards, winning in one for writing in 1999.

In 2008 Sykes publicly came out as lesbian and has since become an activist for same-sex issues.

Born: March 7, 1964
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Age: 57 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces

Married Life

  • 2008-10-25 Comedienne and writer Wanda Sykes marries Alex Niedbalski

Historical Events

  • 2014-09-24 US sitcom "Black-ish" premieres created by Kenya Barris, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross