American dancer, choreographer, and actress Khandi Alexander. In the 1980s, she started out in the entertainment business as a dancer. She became well-known as a choreographer over time. Khandi was the choreographer for Whitney Houston’s “Moment of Truth World Tour” and “I’m Your Baby Tonight World Tour,” two of the most well-known world tours ever. In 1985, Khandi began appearing in both films and television. Prior to winning the lead part of “Catherine Duke” in the “NBC” sitcom “NewsRadio,” which she appeared in from the show’s first to fourth seasons, she first pursued minor one-episode roles in several TV shows and in a few TV films. She then played “Jackie Robbins,” a recurring character in the “ER” medical drama on NBC, for around six years. She has received praise for her roles in the miniseries “The Corner” and several TV shows, including “CSI: Miami,” “Treme,” and “Scandal,” for which she was nominated for a “Primetime Emmy.” She was nominated for a “Critics’ Choice Television Award” for the “HBO” movie “Bessie.” There’s Something About Mary, CB4, and What’s Love Got to Do with It are a few of her well-known movies.
Early Childhood & Life
She was born on September 4, 1957, to Henry Roland Alexander and Alverina Yavonna in New York City, New York, the United States (Masters). Her mother was a jazz and opera singer, while her father had a construction business.
She attended the Bayside, Queens, New York campus of Queensborough Community College.
She appeared in the Broadway productions of “Dreamgirls” and “Chicago,” as well as Bob Fosse’s “Dancin.”
The career of Khandi Alexander
In the 1980s, she began working as a dancer. She continued to direct the global tour’s choreography from 1988 until 1992. Khandi was a dancer in the Natalie Cole music video “Pink Cadillac” in 1988.
She made her television debut in 1985 with the sketch comedy show “FTV,” and that year she also appeared in the films “Streetwalkin'” and “A Chorus Line.” For the remainder of the 1980s, she appeared in a one-episode role on the TV show “Rags to Riches” (1987) and a small part in the movie “Maid to Order” (1987).
She started performing in supporting parts in several blockbuster movies in the 1990s. Major commercial successes including the American comedy “CB4”, the American biographical movie “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” the American romantic drama “Poetic Justice,” and the American criminal movie “Sugar Hill” are among them (1994).
In the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio,” which ran from its first season in 1995 through the seventh episode of its fourth season in 1998, she had the chance to play “Catherine Duke,” a news anchor of a fictitious “AM” news radio station in New York City. She appeared in 58 episodes of the series overall.
She was cast as “Jackie Robbins” in 29 episodes of the popular American medical drama “ER,” which aired on “NBC,” beginning in 1995 and continuing until some point in 2001. She has appeared in cameos for a number of other TV shows, including “La Femme Nikita” (1998), “Cosby” (1999), “NYPD Blue” (1999), and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2001).
She was a member of the ensemble cast in the 1998 romantic comedy “There’s Something About Mary,” which starred Cameron Diaz and earned $369.9 million worldwide. It ended up becoming the fourth-highest-grossing comedy of 1998 overall and the highest-grossing comedy of that year in North America.
Khandi played the drug addict “Francine Boyd” in the “HBO” miniseries “The Corner” in 2000, which received the “Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries” that year. Her outstanding performance in the miniseries received high praise from critics and earned her the title of “Best Actress” at the 2001 Black Reel Awards.
She then found herself in yet another important and unforgettable part of her career. In this capacity, “Dr. In the American police procedural drama series “CSI: Miami,” Alexx Woods plays a medical examiner. She made her on-screen debut in the part on May 9, 2002, in the episode “Cross Jurisdictions.”
She appeared in every season of the main cast of “CSI: Miami,” with her final appearance occurring on the sixth season’s nineteenth episode, “Rock and a Hard Place,” which aired on May 5, 2008. She then returned to the show as a guest star in the episodes “Bad Seed,” “Smoke Gets In Your CSIs,” and “Out of Time.”
She was honored for her work in “CSI: Miami” by receiving the “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” award at the 2005 NAACP Image Awards presentation.
In the well-liked American drama series “Treme,” she played the lead part of “LaDonna Batiste-Williams,” a bar owner. The show debuted on “HBO” on April 11, 2010, lasted for four seasons, contained 36 episodes, and ended on December 29, 2013. 2011’s “Vision Award” gave her the “Best Performance—Drama” honor.
The American political thriller “Scandal” was her next noteworthy TV show, in which she starred as “Marie Wallace,” also known as “Maya Pope,” the depraved mother of one of the main protagonists, “Olivia Pope,” played by Kerry Washington. She appeared in a total of 17 episodes from 2013 to 2017 in this recurrent role.
She was nominated for a “Primetime Emmy Award” for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series” for her outstanding performance in “Scandal”; in 2015, she won her second “NAACP Image Award” in the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” for her performance.
In addition to becoming well-known through several TV programs, Khandi has been in a number of TV movies throughout the years, including “To My Daughter with Love” (1994) and “Terminal” (1996). She received a nomination for the “Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries” for her performance as “Viola Smith,” the elder sister of the well-known American blues singer Bessie Smith, in the “HBO” TV movie “Bessie” (2015).
Khandi has also appeared in the movies “Perfect Strangers” (2004), “Dark Blue” (2002), “Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle” (1999), and “A Woman, a Part” (2016). Additionally, she had a few cameos in TV shows like “Better off Ted” (2009) and “Body of Proof” (2012).
Individual Life of Khandi Alexander
Little is known about this beautiful diva’s personal life. According to rumors, Khandi has experimented with Botox as well as a facelift.
Khandi Alexander’s Net Worth
American actress, dancer, and choreographer Khandi Alexander has an $8 million dollar fortune. Khandi Alexander is a professional dancer who began her career in the Broadway productions of “Chicago,” “Dancin,” and “Dreamgirls.” Khandi Alexander was born in New York, New York. She then proceeded to choreograph Whitney Houston’s concerts between 1988 and 1992.