Jada Koren Pinkett Smith (; born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, dancer, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. She began her career with a guest appearance on the short-lived sitcom True Colors in 1990. From 1991 to 1993, she starred as Lena James in the television series A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby. She made her feature film debut in Menace II Society (1993), starred in the comedy-drama film The Inkwell with Lorenz Tate in 1994, and was subsequently featured opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996). She has since starred in more than 20 feature films, including Set It Off (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Ali (2001), The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003), Madagascar (2005), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Bad Moms (2016), and Girls Trip (2017).
Pinkett Smith launched her music career in 2002, when she helped create the metal band Wicked Wisdom, for which she is a singer and songwriter. Smith also created a production company, in addition to writing a children's book, Girls Hold Up This World, which was published in 2004.
She has been married to actor and musician Will Smith since 1997. They have two children together, son Jaden and daughter Willow. Through their marriage she is also stepmother to Smith's son from his first marriage, Trey Smith.
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