Lela Rochon
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Lela Rochon


Lela Rochon Staples


(1964-04-17) April 17, 1964 (age 57)


Los Angeles, California, U.S.



Years active



Adolfo Quiñones
(1984–1987; divorced)
Antoine Fuqua

The Wayans Bros. character

appeared as Lisa Saunders in six episodes in Season 1

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Lela Rochon (born Lela Rochon Staples; April 17, 1964) appeared as Lisa Saunders, Shawn Williams's girlfriend, on The Wayans Bros.. Lela started her career in show business as a bikini-clad party girl in Spuds MacKenzie themed Budweiser Beer commercials during the '80s.

Career[edit | edit source]

A trained dancer, Lela can be seen as one of the background dancers in an uncredited role in the films Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. She also appeared in Lionel Richie's music video for "All Night Long." In 1985, she starred in her first feature, A Bunny's Tale, a TV-movie starring Kirstie Alley as feminist activist Gloria Steinem during her Playboy Bunny days.

Rochon went on to appear in the low-budget movies Stewardess School and Foxtrap, as well as the Eddie Murphy blockbuster films Harlem Nights (1989) and Boomerang (1992). She also appeared as the love interest of singer Gerald Levert in the video for "My Forever Love" by Levert,[1] and on Luther Vandross's "It's Over Now" video. Her big film breakthrough came in 1995, when her friendship with author Terry McMillan helped her to get an audition with director Forest Whitaker for the role of Robin in Waiting to Exhale. The film was a surprise Hollywood hit and Rochon was offered several new projects.

After joining the cast of The Wayans Bros. as Shawn Wayans' girlfriend Lisa, she starred opposite Timothy Hutton in the made-for-cable movie Mr. and Mrs. Loving. She showed her versatility in her next few films as a wide array of characters: an exotic dancer in Gang Related, a government aide in The Chamber, a schoolteacher in Why Do Fools Fall in Love, a corporate vice president in Knock Off, and a kooky best friend in Labor Pains. In 2001, she joined the cast of the Lifetime original series The Division as Inspector Angela Reide.

Family and Personal life[edit | edit source]

She and her husband, director Antoine Fuqua, have two childrenmal;">, have two children After a miscarriage,daughter Asia Rochon Fuqua was born on July 28, 2002, followed by son Brando in May 2004. Her stepson Zachary is from a previous relationship of Fuqua.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Levert. My Forever Love. music video. mtv.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-28.

External links[edit | edit source]

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