Who is Wanda Sykes?
Wanda Sykes is quite a multitalented personality, an actress as well as a comedian and a writer who is probably best known for starring in the role of Barb Baran in CBS’s series “The New Adventures of Old Christine”. She is also widely recognized for appearing in the TV comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as well as in the comedy movies “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” (2006) and “Evan Almighty” (2007) among plenty of others.
Wanda Sykes’ Early Life, Family and EducationWanda was born on the 7th March 1964, in Portsmouth, Virginia USA, into the family of banker Marion Louise, and US Army Colonel Harry Ellsworth Sykes. In 2012 she participated in the “Finding Your Roots” TV program where her genealogy was traced back to 1683. Due to her father’s job, during her early years her family moved to the state of Maryland where she spent the rest of her childhood, and matriculated from Arundel High School. She later enrolled into Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, then began her professional career at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she served as a contracting specialist.
Wanda Sykes’ Early Acting Career and “The Chris Rock Show”
In 1987 Wanda decided to turn towards a stand-up comedy career and made her debut performance at the Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington, DC. In 1992, after spending five years at the NSA during which she also honed her comedy skills on the side, Wanda decided to pursue her performing career full time, and relocated to New York City where she quickly made her debut on-camera appearance in Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam”. In 1997 Wanda appeared at the Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway as an opening act for Chris Rock, and subsequently became a crew member of “The Chris Rock Show”. For her contribution and her work on the show with her occasional appearances, Wanda was honored with the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award in 1999, as well as with three nominations, in 1998, 2000 and 2001. All of these successful efforts helped Wanda Sykes to establish herself in the world of acting and performing, which had a huge impact on her professional career.In the early 2000s Wanda began to appear regularly on the big screen, and has since appeared in numerous movies, including early engagements such as the comedies “Down to Earth” and “Pootie Tang” both in 2001. Between 2001 and 2011 Wanda appeared in the recurring role of a fictionalized version of herself in HBO’s comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, which helped her to gain a huge dose of popularity with audiences. However, the real breakthrough in Wanda’s career occurred in 2006, when she was cast in the recurring role of Barb Baran in the American sitcom “The New Adventure of Old Christine”, subsequently through the show’s five seasons ’til 2010.
Wanda Sykes’ Career Highlights
Apart from all those already mentioned, in Wanda’s professional acting portfolio there are numerous notable engagements such as voice acting in “Rio” (2011), as well as in several sequels of the “Ice Age” franchise. Some other memorable appearances include the TV series “Back at the Barnyard”, “Futurama”, “The Simpsons” as well as “Alpha House”, “House of Lies” and “Broad City”. Some of Sykes’ more recent acting ventures include the comedy movies “Bad Moms” (2016) and “Snatched” (2017), as well as TV appearances in the series’ “Vampirina” and “Black-ish”. It is certain that all these endeavors have helped Wanda Sykes to make a successful career in the movie-making industry.
For her performances and general contribution to acting, over the years Wanda has amassed an impressive number of awards, which apart from that Primetime Emmy, also includes the American Comedy Award, BET Comedy Award, Gracie Allen Award and GLAAD Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) January 19, 2017
Wanda Sykes’ Net Worth
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this 54-year old multitalented actress and comedian has accumulated so far? How rich Wanda Sykes is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Wanda Sykes’ net worth, as of mid-2018, revolves around the sum of at least $6 million, acquired through her career that has been active since the 1990s.
Is Wanda Sykes married? What is her marital status?
In 1991 Sykes married to American record producer Dave Hall, but the couple divorced in 1998. However, in 2008 Wanda came out as a lesbian, and subsequently married her long-term partner, French woman Alex Niedbalski with whom in 2009 she welcomed fraternal twins, a boy and a girl.
Unsurprisingly Wanda Sykes is an activist heavily involved in same-sex marriage issues. She is also regularly active on several popular social media networks such as Instagram and Twitter, on which she is followed by almost 600,000 fans.
Currently, alongside her family, Wanda splits her time between Los Angeles, California, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.