“I'm so outgoing and tangible. I'll talk to anybody.” Jill Marie Jones
A former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Dallas Mavericks Dancer, African American actress and model Jill Marie Jones is probably best known for portraying the self-centered and materialistic Toni Childs in the popular UPN sitcom “Girlfriends” from 2000 to 2006. Delivering a fine performance, she picked up a BET Comedy and an Image nomination. Upon her retirement from the show, the Los Angeles-based, Texas-born beauty can be seen acting in a series of movies such as Redrum (2007), Universal Remote (2007) and A Perfect Christmas (2007), and will be cast alongside Jessica Simpson in a new movie called Major Movie Star (2008). Jones, who was featured on the cover of King magazine in 2002, also starred in a series of TV campaigns for Bailey's Irish Cream from summer 2006 to summer 2007.
As for her personal life, Jones is single. She is good friends with actors Gabrielle Union, her costar in the movie A Perfect Christmas, and Golden Brooks, who plays Maya Wilkes in “Girlfriends.” She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and known for her fondness of sports.
Childhood and Family:
Jill Marie Jones was born on January 4, 1975, in Dallas, Texas. She was educated at Duncanville High School and then at Texas Woman's University. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career. She studied acting with John Kirby.
An ardent sportswoman, Jill practices many kinds of sports, including rollerblading, track, volleyball, roller-skating and basketball.
Major Movie Star
Texas native Jill Marie Jones was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for two years, a Dallas Mavericks Dancer for a year, and thanks to her dancing abilities and athletic prowess, she traveled to Egypt, Japan, Korea and Israel with the United Service Organization (USO) and the United States Department of Defense to perform for US troops. She also has been featured on “Monday Night Football” and “The Miss Texas Pageant.” After completing her studies, Jones started modeling before heading to Hollywood to launch a career in acting.
An apprentice of acting coach John Kirby, Jones had her first taste of acting in front of the TV camera when she had a guest spot as the cheerleader captain in the popular teen sitcom “City Guys” episode “Shock Treatment” in 2000. The same year, she also made her debut as a regular in a series in the UPN comedy show “Girlfriends,” starring opposite Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks and Persia White. For her efforts, she was handed a 2004 BET Comedy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a 2006 Image nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. The success of the series also made Jones and her “Girlfriends” costars among the first women to be honored and appointed to co-host the 2004 NAACP Image Awards. However, Jones decided to leave the stylish sitcom in 2006 after having worked for six seasons because of a disagreement in her contract.
Recently, Jones starred with Kenny Young in the First Look Studio’s feature film Redrum (2007), where she portrayed Tanya Diggs, whose troubled marriage is revitalized when she and her husband learn that taking lives gives life to their own relationship. She next made a cameo appearance as a court reporter in the Gary Hardwick written/directed Universal Remote (2007), which also starred D.C. Douglas, Howard Alonzo and Devin McGinn. She also has completed shooting a new movie called A Perfect Christmas (2007), a classic holiday story that costars Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut, Rachel True and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard. Jones' most recent project, Major Movie Star (2008), is a comedy filmed in Louisiana. Directed by Steve Miner, the film stars Jones, Jessica Simpson, Vivica A. Fox and Olesya Rulin.
From summer 2006 to summer 2007, Jones appeared in four television commercials for Bailey's Irish Cream as their new celebrity face. The television ads consisted of multiple vignettes, where Jones starred as Kelly, and was directed by the famed Paul Hunter.