Born in South Bend, Indiana, Vivica’s family relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana when she was four. Upon graduating from Arlington High School, where she participated in various sport activities, including basketball, track, volleyball and cheerleading, the mid-western beauty ultimately gave up sports to pursue a modeling and acting career. With the support of family and friends, the budding star headed to California to attend Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where she earned an Associate Arts degree in Social Sciences.
Determined to succeed, Vivica hit the Los Angeles audition circuit, and was discovered by Hollywood producer Trevor Walton, and, before she knew it, offers poured in. Soap opera stints on “The Young and The Restless, Days of Our Lives” and “Generations” led to more sitcom and modeling work. But in 1996, Vivica’s big break came when she scored a role in the summer blockbuster “Independence Day” alongside Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.
Vivica’s career began to soar as she became Hollywood’s new “it” girl, receiving critical acclaim for stand out performances in back-to-back classic films, including 1997’s “Soul Food” with Nia Long and Vanessa L. Williams, “Set It Off” with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the hilarious hit film “Booty Call” opposite Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx. Upon garnering legions of fans for her ability to play fearless independent female characters, Vivica cemented her status as a bonafide film star with other prominent roles opposite Oscar-winning co-stars, including “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” with Halle Berry, “Kingdom Come” with Whoopi Goldberg, “Boat Trip” with Cuba Gooding Jr., “Ella Enchanted” with Anne Hathaway, and “Batman and Robin” alongside George Clooney.
As a versatile talent, Vivica Fox has also starred in a number of television series and sitcoms, including “Out All Night” with Morris Chestnut, Patti LaBelle and Duane Martin, the hit Lifetime mysteries series Missing, where she also served as executive producer, the Fox Network’s “Getting Personal,” and guest spots on “Living Single,” ‘Martin,” “My Wife & Kids,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Who’s The Boss,” “Melissa & Joey,” and “The Fresh Prince & Bel Air.” Vivica has also starred in a number of holiday film classics for the Hallmark network and other made-for-television films, such as Showtime’s “The Jimmi Hendrix Story.”
As a Hollywood mainstay, Vivica has been featured as one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in the World, has graced numerous magazine covers and garnered some of the industry’s top awards, including an MTV Movie Award, NAACP Image Awards, and an NAACP Theater Award, amongst other countless recognitions from around the globe. Such high profile credits and honors gained the attention of Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino, who handpicked Vivica to star alongside Uma Thurman in the international box office sensation “Kill Bill, Volumes 1 & 2.”
Aside from being an on-camera personality, Vivica has had major success in stage, television and film as a producer and businesswoman. Vivica teamed with VH1 to produce the reality show “Glam God,” and later with playwright and producer Je’Caryous Johnson to produce two touring plays which found her sharing national stages with Grammy Award winning singer Brian McKnight in “Cheaper to Keep Her,” as well as with heartthrob Boris Kodjoe and acting legend Richard Roundtree in Whatever She Wants. Vivica also produced and starred in the cult favorite films “The Salon,” “Two Can Play That Game,” its sequel “Three Can Play That Game, Motives, and Getting Played.”
After successful corporate collaborations with such major brands as Cadillac and Google, Vivica expanded her brand into the beauty industry and launched her own hair company – The Vivica Fox Hair Collection. Offering a variety of options for women in high quality wigs and extensions, Vivica’s mission remains clear – to inspire women of all ages to live life to the fullest. Always trying to give back to the community, the starlet uses The Vivica Fox Hair Collection to make generous donations of free hair to women worldwide who have lost their own hair to cancer-related illnesses.
After successful stints touring on stage, and in reality television, Vivica returned to television in the hit HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David and JB Smoove. For two seasons Vivica starred as Loretta Black and earned a newfound fan base!
In recent years, Vivica joined the cast of the Byron Allen produced sitcom “Mr. Box Office” with Bill Bellamy and Jon Lovitz, and returned to reality television when she landed in the final three of the successful Donald Trump series “Celebrity Apprentice,” raising over $50,000 for the Best Buddies charity organization.
In 2015, Vivica returned to the big screen in “Chocolate City” with Tyson Beckford, Robert Ri’chard, and Michael Jai White, and wowed audiences with her debut in Fox Network’s mega hit “Empire,” when she popped up as Candace, starring opposite Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson as Cookie’s older sister. Later that year, Vivica continued to expand her brand into the fashion industry when she partnered with Curvy Couture and released a limited edition lingerie collection that sold out in days.
In 2016, Vivica teams up with exercise guru Shaun T of Beach Bodies for their new workout infomercial T25 Focus, where the performer shares with fans her exercise and fitness routine and secrets! This summer, Vivica’s career will come full circle when she reprises her role as Jasmine in the sequel to the film that gave the diva her start – “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Aside from numerous film, television and other projects in the works, Vivica’s own empire continues to grow as this versatile Hollywood legend continues to inspire, indulge and entertain an international fan base.
Vivica A. Fox resides in Los Angeles, California.