Vanessa from 'The Bernie Mac Show' Is All Grown up and Looks Gorgeous – A Glimpse inside Her Life

Monica Otayza
Aug 31, 2021
01:56 P.M.
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Camille Winbush, the actress who gave life to little Vanessa "Nessa" Thompkins on “The Bernie Mac Show,” is now a 31-year-old beauty. Here's what she's been up to in recent times. 

Camille Winbush is best known as the rebellious Vanessa Thompkins, the eldest child of Bernie Mac’s sister, whom he had to take care of on the successful ‘90s sitcom. The actress has changed a lot through the years, but one thing that remained the same is her passion for acting. 

Born on February 9, 1990, in Culver City, California, she made her debut as a child star on "Viper," before starring on several projects for the rest of the '90s such as "Brotherly Love," "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," and "7th Heaven."

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Camille Winbush during "Chasing Liberty" Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

HER HOLLYWOOD PROJECTS

Winbush's breakthrough role was on "The Bernie Mac Show," which she featured in from 2001 to 2006. During this time, she won several awards for her performance, including the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)–Leading Young Actress. 

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Afterward, Camille kept working on TV, making special appearances on series like “Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” She's had several voice-acting roles for cartoons as well, including "Cannon Busters" and "Recess."

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LIFE OUTSIDE ACTING

When she was 14 years old, the actress ventured into entrepreneurship, opening her own ice cream shop called "Baked Ice" in Pasadena, California. Unfortunately, it seems the business has since closed down. 

Currently, the charming star has managed to attract over 389k fans on Instagram. Recently, she shared a high-definition photo of herself, showing off her two dimples. She hinted at an upcoming movie called "Holiday Hideaway Movie," which will likely air this Christmas season. 

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HER RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Previously, the actress made a controversial announcement about joining Only Fans, which many people assumed she did because she needed money. She defended herself, saying she made the account because she wanted to, not because she needed it.

She went on to assure her fans that she definitely did not need to call Tyler Perry for a job, nor did her announcement make Bernie Mac "turn over in his grave." In the end, she said she wanted to start "living for me."

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HER SUPPORT SYSTEM

As she's been working since she was 4 years old, she now wants to make decisions for herself without thinking of what other people think. Ultimately, she credits her family and friends for keeping her grounded and determined through the years.

Despite being in Hollywood shows and movies, Winbush had a regular upbringing which allowed her to experience a normal childhood. Now that she's grown up, her upbringing inspires her decisions to do things for herself and not for other people. 

Through it all, she believes the key to her longevity in the industry is her consistency. Although she's received many rejections, she finds comfort knowing that there are many "yes's" too. However, when all else fails, a backup plan is something she believes everyone should have. 

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