Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, and actress. For the Chris Rock Show, she came into limelight. For the same in the year 1999, she also won the Primetime Emmy Award. By the year 2004, she gradually recognized and accredited for her work in the entertainment industry. By Entertainment Weekly she even named among 25 funniest people in America. Later she received the role of Barb Baran in The Adventures of Old Christine.
The character of Barb Baran which Wanda Sykes played is titular character’s colleague and her friend. Her role in the show was, and she rarely seems enthusiastic and happy about any of the plans that Christine’s makes.
She was also a part of Curb Your Enthusiasm show. If we take a quick look at her career beyond the television shows, Wanda Sykes also marked her presence in many movies like, Brother Bear 2, Rio, Ice Age: Collision Course, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Evan Almighty, License to Wed, My Super Ex-girlfriend and Monster-in-Law.
Biography of Wanda Sykes
In the year 1964 of March 7th Wanda Sykes was born in Virginia (Portsmouth). But she was raised by her parents in the state of Washington, D.C. Her mother Marion was a banker, and her father Harry worked at Pentagon. In Maryland, she attended Arundel high school, and later, she graduated with a degree in marketing from Hampton University. While at the University she was also the part of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. After the University, she started working for one of the prestigious organizations in the world NSA (National Security Agency). She worked there for almost five years as a contracting specialist.
The NSA or National Security Agency is an American national intelligence agency which operates under the United States Department of Defence. It is known for accumulating and processing information through covert operations for counterintelligence and intelligence basis. She has a good start of life and privileged upbringing.
Kids, Wife, and Family of Wanda Sykes
In the year 2008 came out as Lesbian in one of the same-sex marriage rallies. She even got married to her partner and girlfriend – Alex Niedbalski, without gaining much of the attention of the general public and media. The couple met in the year 2006 and after three years being in relationship Alex gave birth to their children – daughter Olivia Lou and son Lucas Claude who are fraternal twins.
Wanda Sykes came out about her sexual orientation quite late in her life. When she was in her forties, she told her parents and close family members about her sexual orientation. Like other parents of the same age, her parents also bit conservative about her decision and choice. This news also led to the estrangements between the family members of Wanda Sykes for a short time. Now, they have reconciled, and Wanda Sykes’s parents are much involved with their grandchildren and couple as well.
In the year 2011, when Wanda Sykes appeared in The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she announced that she had been diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ). Even though DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer instead, she opted for a bilateral mastectomy.
Currently, she balances her time between Los Angeles and Los Angeles.
Wanda Sykes’s Ex-Husband Dave Hall
Before coming out and accepting her sexual orientation as gay. Wanda Sykes was married for the year 1991 to 1998 to Dave Hall who is a record producer and known for his work on What’s The 411? – A debut album of Mary J. Bilge. He also worked with prominent singers like Madonna on her album called Bedtime Stories in which he co-produced and co-wrote several tracks of the album.
In his career as a record producer and being in the music industry, he also worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Donell Jones, Usher, Janet Jackson, Joe, Brownstone and many others.
Net Worth of Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes’s current net worth is about $6 million. For comedian and actress who has been in the industry for decades and working, you can say that this fortune is well deserved.
In the year 1998, she got her start and appeared the same year in Tomorrow Night. Afterward, she appeared alongside Janet Jackson and Eddie Murphy in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. She also appeared in many other movies including, Snatched, Evan Almighty, A Bad Moms Christmas, Bad Moms, The Hot Flashes, License to Wed, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Clerks II, Monster in Law with Jenifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, Pootie Tang, Down to Earth and many other movies and television shows.
Now, if we talk about the television shows of Wanda Sykes then she appeared on Bob’s Burger and Broad City, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Black-ish, Alpha House, The Simpsons, Futurama, Drop Dead Diva, Will & Grace, Chapelle’s Show, Wanda At Large and The Drew Carry Show along several other characters she played in many television shows.
For someone who got started late in the entertainment industry, you got to acknowledge the fact that Wanda Sykes made a lot of progress in her career, especially coming from the non-entertainment background. Wanda Sykes’s bodywork is also impressive. In the year 2001, she even won the “Outstanding Female Stan up Comedian” award in America. She also won a “Funniest Tv Actress” Commie award from Comedy Central in the year 2003.
Keeping her career growth in mind and everything which she accomplished as a comedian, writer, and actress is quite evident. Things can be tough in the entertainment industry if you do not know anyone prior. She did her degree in marketing and served the position in the NSA for five years. Her parents were also from traditional respective job background. Wanda Sykes did well for her by choosing an unconventional path. Also, she took the bold move of coming out as Lesbian even after she got married to Dave Hall.