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Vanessa Bell Calloway AKA Imani Izzi of ‘Coming to America’ Shows Rare Wedding Photos with Husband on 33rd Anniversary

Busayo Ogunjimi
Sep 06, 2021
11:30 A.M.
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Vanessa Bell Calloway recently marked her 33rd wedding anniversary with her husband, Anthony Calloway. The actress shared a slide show of their wedding photos in celebration of the milestone.


“Coming To America” star Vanessa Bell Calloway has lived in marital bliss for thirty-three years, with her husband Anthony Calloway by her side, all the while being a pillar of support.

The pair marked their wedding anniversary over the weekend, taking to social media to share photos from their big day.

Vanessa Bell Calloway as  Princess Imani Izzi in "Coming to America," 1988 | Source: youtube.com/MOV Clips

Vanessa Bell Calloway as Princess Imani Izzi in "Coming to America," 1988 | Source: youtube.com/MOV Clips



Vanessa and Anthony walked down the aisle on September 3, 1988, in a romantic ceremony graced by friends and relatives. For their 33rd anniversary, the actress shared a slideshow from their wedding, showing the twosome looking young and excited.

The first photo from the lot showed the lovebirds holding on to each other as they posed for a wedding shot. Anthony looked smart in a dark three-piece suit, while Vanessa appeared glamorous in her flowing white wedding gown and a matching bouquet of natural flowers.

Vanessa Bell Calloway attends the Premiere Of Focus Features' "Harriet" at The Orpheum Theatre  | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa Bell Calloway attends the Premiere Of Focus Features' "Harriet" at The Orpheum Theatre | Photo: Getty Images


The star’s beauty radiated through her smiling face, with her gown making her a sight to behold. The magnificent bridal outfit featured a lacy turtle-neck gown, with a long train trailing behind her.

A flimsy white veil with flower details crowned her head, adding charm to her otherwise natural looks. The next pic showed the newlyweds leaning onto each other as they posed for the shot. The next was a black-and-white photo of Anthony's toddler, followed by Vanessa’s baby pictures.


The following shots featured the twosome through the years, as they grew from their years of toddlers into adulthood before eventually kicking off their romance.

Subsequent pictures showed the couple getting married, becoming parents, and growing into a family of four. The walk through their years together played over the background song, “Anniversary,” by Tony Toni Tone.



Vanessa accompanied her nostalgic slideshow with a heartfelt tribute to her other half. She began by wishing them a happy third anniversary before adding that they still had fun together decades into their September 1988 wedding.

She then thanked him for staying through to her since their marriage, keeping her real, holding their family together, being her pillar of support, and making her laugh. The 64-year-old also stressed her love for Anthony, which has only improved over the years. She wrote:

“I love you more today than I did 33 years ago and that’s a good thing!!! May God continue to bless our union and our family. @ashcaliway @allycali you got a good daddy!!!”


The beautiful post racked up to seventy-eight thousand views, and several comments as netizens trooped in to commend the couple’s long-lasting marriage and wish them many more years together.


Vanessa and Anthony Calloway have been the ideal representation of black love since their union began reading in the decades, an extremely rare feat for showbiz couples.

During their 30th anniversary in 2018, the couple renewed their vows, promising to love each other for eternity. Making the day more special, the special milestone featured appearances from the lovebird’s kids, who served as bridesmaids at the occasion.


Anthony and Vanessa are together parents to two children. They welcomed their first, Ashley Calloway, in 1990, while their second daughter joined the family years later.

The two youngsters are dabbling into the entertainment industry, having inherited their mom’s talent for dancing. On her 60th birthday, the mom of two shared a video of herself dancing with the two young women as they ushered in her new year.



Vanesa, born March 1957, shot to fame shortly after making her acting debut on “All My Children.” Using her talents, the actress and dancer made a name for herself in the industry, landing major roles in movies like "Coming To America," "Letters From Zora," and "South Side With Yii," among others.

In addition to acting, Vanessa has built a career as a dancer, producer, director, and creator. At the leak of her career, she married Anthony, a biology graduate from the Moorehouse College.

Dr. Anthony Calloway serves as the chief Anaesthesiologist at the Beach District Surgery Center in California. He is also a principal founding partner of Power Solutions Consulting Inc.

Given their outstanding achievements in their various fields, these two like minds are undoubtedly the perfect match for each other. Cheers to more years ahead.

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