Shari Headley
Shari Headley
Shari Headley appears in two episodes as Dawn, a psychotherapist girlfriend of Marlon.


(1964-07-15) July 15, 1964 (age 55)


Queens, New York, U.S.



Years active


Character on The Wayans Bros.

Dawn in the episodes "Crazy 4 U" and "Three On A Couch"

Notable roles

as Lisa McDowell in Coming to America (1988)
as Mimi Reed in ABC-TV's All My Children
Juanita Barnes on FOX-TV's 413 Hope St.


Christopher "Play" Martin (1993–1995, divorced)

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Shari Headley (born July 15, 1964) appeared as Dawn, a psychotherapist girlfriend of Marlon in the episodes "Crazy 4 U" and "Three On A Couch". Headley made her acting debut on The Cosby Show in 1985. Her career has mostly focused on television acting; she is perhaps best known for portraying police officer Mimi Reed Frye Williams on the ABC-TV soap opera All My Children from May 1991 to April 1994, in February 1995 and from June 2005 until her final appearance on October 14, 2005. She has also acted occasionally on the big-screen, and is known for her role as Lisa McDowell, the love interest of Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America.

Headley co-starred in an episode of Miami Vice in 1984 and on The Cover Girl episode of Andy Griffith's Matlock series on November 20, 1990. In 1997, she had a leading role in the short-lived FOX-TV ensemble drama 413 Hope St. Headley made a cameo appearance in Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" music video and also starred in Blackstreet's video "Before I Let You Go". In 2004, she played Mack Johnson's (portrayed by Steve Harvey) wife Jacqueline in Johnson Family Vacation. Headley portrayed Felicia Boudreau on Guiding Light from November 2001 until May 2002. She made a Guest appearance in TV Episode: Walker Texas Ranger as Trevet's date. She also appeared in the episode of the ABC Family comedy series 10 Things I Hate About You, "The Winner Takes It All" as Marcheline. In 2007 she appeared in the movie Towelhead.

Headley was married to rapper/actor Christopher "Play" Martin from May 1993 until they divorced in June 1995. In April 1994, Headley gave birth to a son, Skyler Martin.

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