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Vanessa Simmons grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Joseph Simmons, co-founder of Run-DMC, and Valerie Vaughn. She attended St John’s University, New York, from where she graduated with a communications degree. Vanessa started her career by taking various roles in soaps and in reality shows, but the one which made her most famous is “Guiding Lights”, a television soap opera registered in Guinness World Records as of the longest duration in American TV history, in which she appeared in 2007. However, Vanessa Simmons had a role in “Run’s House” from 2005 to 2009, the TV show filled with laughter and tears, which portrays her family’s everyday life. Of course this show contributed significantly to Vanessa’s net worth.
Even though the show was cancelled in 2009, Vanessa continued her acting career on television by featuring together with her sister Angela in the next, no less popular than previous one MTV reality show called “Daddy’s Girls”. The show presents the oldest daughters of Joseph Simmons, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, and illustrates their new life in Los Angeles. Differently from “Run’s House” which mostly portrayed family’s life, in this show the sisters are pictured along with their friends.
Vanessa grew up having a desire to become a model as well as an actress, and so as a result she is also a model. In 2008 she entered the Miss California USA parade on the quiet. Vanessa was also included on the List of the Hot 100 by Maxim, on which she was ranked 82nd.
In 2010 she successfully debuted as “Elisabeth” in her first feature film, called “Speed Dating”, a high-energy romantic comedy. Then followed several others movies, the one which received greatest recognition was her major role “Boogie Town” (2012). Also in 2012 she landed a role in the drama comedy “Dysfunctional Friends”. She also starred in the 2014 web series, “Mixed”. All have added consistently to Vanessa’s net worth.
Overall, Vanessa has appeared in more than 20 TV series and shows, as well as almost 10 films on the big screen.
Besides her acting career, in 2012 together with her sister, Angela, she launched a sneaker footwear line called Pastry Footwear, which was inspired by the hip-hop culture. This apparently successful business enterprise is also adding to Vanessa’s growing wealth.
Talking about her personal life, Vanessa met Mike Wayans when she was studying at St. John’s University, and after an eight year relationship, daughter Ava Marie Jean was born. According to Vanessa there were no plans for a wedding, but now they are supposedly planning to marry.
- Net Worth: $8 Million
- Date Of Birth: August 5, 1983
- Profession: Actor, Shoe designer, Businessperson
- Nationality: United States of America
- Parents: Valerie Vaughn, Joseph Simmons
- Siblings: Angela Simmons, Diggy Simmons, Russell Simmons II
- Nicknames: Vanessa Lee-Anna Simmons
- IMDB: http://imdb.com/name/nm1638423
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