Who Is Garcelle Beauvais? New Details About The Woman Who Posted A Makeout Photo With Will Smith

The veteran actress made a splash with a risqué tweet about Will Smith. Who is she?

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Garcelle Beauvais is no newcomer to the Hollywood scene. The actress has worked on many films and tv shows including NYPD Blue, Models Inc., I Know Who Killed Me, and The Jamie Foxx Show.  She's starred opposite some of the best actors in the business, including Hollywood icon Will Smith. 

This week she decided to have a little fun on Twitter while wishing Smith a happy birthday. In a tweet, now deleted, she posted a still shot from a movie they did together where they're kissing and apparently topless. It doesn't take a lot of searching to find out that the photo was most likely form the film Wild, Wild West and not a bombshell about some kind of illicit relationship. If I had to guess, I'd say both Will and his wife Jada recognized the picture and didn't think much of it. At the time it was posted, Smith was getting ready to cliff dive into the Grand Canyon so Twitter wasn't the couple's biggest worry. 


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Fans took the photo a little too seriously and gave Beauvais a lot of flack for posting a shot of herself kissing a married man. Beauvais took the tweet down and explained that it was just a joke.

So who is Garcelle Beauvais? Read on the learn more. 


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1. Haitian- American

Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti in 1966. Her mother was a a nurse and her father was a lawyer. After her parents divorced, her mother moved Garcelle and her six older siblings to the United States.

2. Modeling

When she was 17, Beauvais moved to New York to become a model. She was represented by Ford Models and did campaigns for Avon and Mary Kay as well as doing magazine work inlcuding a cover of Jet magazine in 2011. 

3. Models, Inc.

Her modeling work transitioned almost seamlessly into television acting when she was cast in the Aaron Spelling drama Models Inc. She played Cynthia Nichols, an aspiring model whose plotlines had her going through bulimia, domestic violence, kidnapping, and finally killing someone. This is impressive because the show only lasted one season


4. Jamie Foxx Show

After Models, Inc was canceled, she was cast in the much lighter Jamie Foxx Show where she played Foxx's love interest Fancy Monroe from 1996-2001.

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5. NYPD Blue

Her next major television role was  Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood on the iconic cop drama NYPD Blue. She played the role from 2001-2004.

6. Garcelle and Will Smith

She had multiple opportunities to work with Will Smith over the years. She did several episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1992 and 1995. Then she appeared opposite the actor in the 1999 film Wild, Wild West where they shared a love scene that turned out to be more comic than romantic. 


7. Current work

These days, Beauvais is still working extensively in television, appearing on shows like The Arrangement and Chicago Med. She was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2014. She is also a philanthropist who works for causes such as the Step Up Women's Network, March of Dimes and Fonkoze. She has three children. 

Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and she is a cohost of the weekly podcast The More Perfect Union.