Terri J. VaughnTerri J. Vaughn didn’t consider acting as a career until just a few years before she stared as the sassy office assistant Lovita Jenkins on the hit comedy The Steve Harvey Show. And for someone who’s new to the profession, she’s already been honored for her work: Vaughn was chosen "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" in the 2001 NAACP Image Awards.
Vaughn grew up in a housing project in San Francisco and was determined to attend college. She had accomplished her dream – as an advertising major at California State University/Hayward, with one semester before graduation – when fate stepped in. A friend was recruiting contestants for the Miss Black California Pageant and Vaughn signed up as a lark. Her talent portion? A dramatic reading. To Vaughn’s surprise, she made it to the finals, which were held in Los Angeles.
Her film credits to date include the comedy Don’t Be a Menace to South Central while Drinking Your Juice in the ‘hood, Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag and Friday. She has also appeared in several Roger Corman features, such as Black Scorpion, Black Scorpion II and Carnosaur III.
On television, Vaughn also had a recurring role on Family Matters and has been a guest star on the series Living Single, Married…with Children and Sinbad.