Entertainer, astute businesswoman, philanthropist and former First Lady are all terms that describe the stunning actress LisaRaye McCoy. A few years ago, the world watched her storybook dreams come true -- she met her prince charming, became the First Lady of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands in a lavish, fairytale wedding fit for a princess. Later, the dream became a nightmare and reality collided with rumors of her husband's infidelity, corruption and criminal misconduct. Now the star...... Read Full Bio »
Entertainer, astute businesswoman, philanthropist and former First Lady are all terms that describe the stunning actress LisaRaye McCoy. A few years ago, the world watched her storybook dreams come true -- she met her prince charming, became the First Lady of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands in a lavish, fairytale wedding fit for a princess. Later, the dream became a nightmare and reality collided with rumors of her husband's infidelity, corruption and criminal misconduct. Now the star and executive producer of her own hit reality series, LisaRaye returns to the spotlight stronger, resolved and ready to once again take on Hollywood, family and relationships.
LisaRaye is currently filming season 2 of the break out hit VH1 series, "Single Ladies," starring opposite Charity Shea and DB Woodside. The comedic drama follows three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships. LisaRaye plays 'Keisha,' a former video vixen who's always on the prowl for a man to keep her in style. Produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment.
"LisaRaye: The Real McCoy" premiered last year on cable network TV One to record ratings and attracted more than 1.6 million viewers. Season 2 premiered on April 7, 2011 and followed the outspoken Chicago native as she kicked her acting career back into high gear; launched "The LisaRaye Collection by PZI," her new line of jeans; took on the role of "mom-ager" for her daughter's modeling career; raised money for charity; and looked for love and spirituality.
With much anticipation of a 3rd season, viewers will see how the heroic LisaRaye has finally come full circle in her journey.
Voted one of the "Top Five Rising Female Stars" by Ebony Magazine and twice voted "Sexiest Woman of the Year" by Black Men Magazine, LisaRaye initially captured Hollywood's attention through her breakout performance as 'Diamond' in Ice Cube's directorial debut film, "The Players Club" co-starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx. She continued to work with notable actors such as Queen Latifah in MGM's "Beauty Shop," Terrence Howard in the indie feature "Love Chronicles," Omar Epps in Paramount's "The Wood," and Mos Def in "Civil Brand" which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
In television, LisaRaye appeared in "The Parent 'Hood," "In the House" and was featured on Bravo's "The It Factor" before she landed her starring role on the CW Network's hit comedy series "All of Us." Produced and inspired by the domestic adventures of Will and Jada Smith, the show focused on adults juggling ex-spousal relationships while maintaining a nurturing environment for their child. Off-screen, LisaRaye captured the hearts of hopeless romantics worldwide as she became a real-life aristocrat upon marrying the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands in an extravagant 'royal' wedding attended by celebrities and dignitaries such as former BFF Vivica A. Fox, Rapper Da Brat (McCoy's sister), Ambassador Andrew Young and Perry Christie, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. She wore a one-of-a-kind couture gown by Amsale and a Chopard tiara from the personal collection of the only other American actress to marry a royal, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco.
As the First Lady, LisaRaye juggled her busy Hollywood career while serving as an ambassador for the British Overseas Territory, with official duties that included state visits with the Queen of England. She was the face of an extensive ad campaign for the TCI Board of Tourism and created industry-focused events to increase the island's appeal as a playground for the rich and famous. Her successes include founding the Turks and Caicos Film Festival with fellow actress Jasmine Guy, as well as the island's first Christmas Carnival; developing the island's only movie theater, the state-of-the-art LRaye Cinema; and attracting stars such as Will and Jada Smith, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Star Jones, Gabrielle Union, Lil' Kim, Donovan McNabb, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Tucker, Essence Atkins and Shaun Robinson for visits.
In 2009, rumors of her husband's infidelity and political corruption brought the fairytale to an end, and LisaRaye persevered through a long, bitter and very public divorce.
With her Hollywood comeback firmly established and her career on the rise, LisaRaye continues to use her celebrity to highlight issues close to her heart. She is the Global Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure® foundation and passionate about the organization's mission to promote early detection and screenings for women. In addition, she created the Miss Rayediant Jewels teen pageant to increase self-esteem and mentor girls aged 13-15.
LisaRaye resides in Los Angeles, California and is a proud mother to daughter, Kai.