Beauvais, Garcelle, Model, actress
Beauvais born November 26, 1966, in St. Marc, the youngest of seven children, Beauvais moved with her mother and siblings to Massachusetts at the age of seven, after her parents got divorced. With French and Creole as her native languages, she learnt English by watching Sesame Street on television. She also endured the culture shock that came with being the only black student in her new elementary school.
At the age of 16, she and her family moved to Miami, Florida, where she began modelling. She signed with Ford Models in New York and appeared in magazine layouts for Avon, Clairol and Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has also graced the pages of Ebony and Essence magazines and the runways for designers Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi.
In the 1990s she began acting, and has starred in the Fox TV drama “Models Inc.”,and “The Jamie Foxx Show”. In 1999, she appeared with Will Smith in the feature film, “Wild, Wild West”. Since 2001, as Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood, she has starred in the long-running ABC TV cop drama, “NYPD Blue”.