Born in the Bronx, Stacey Dash made her name as one of the quintessential Beverly Hills princesses in Clueless (1995). After doing commercials as a child, Dash further honed her acting skills on TV in episodes of St. Elsewhere, The Cosby Show, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. After making her film debut in Richard Pryor's comedy Moving (1988), Dash featured more prominently as the object of Damon Wayans' affection in Mo' Money (1992) and as one of the recruits in Renaissance Man (1994). Dash's comic skills (and an ability to carry off outrageous hats with style) were put to clever use as Alicia Silverstone's best friend and fellow fashion plate Dionne in Amy Heckerling's Clueless. A sleeper summer hit, Heckerling's affectionate satire of privileged L.A. teens became a key film in the 1990s teen pic resurgence; Dash reprised her role on the Clueless TV series from 1996 to 1999. Taking a break from Dionne during hiatuses, Dash appeared in the crime drama Cold Around the Heart (1997) and the indie comedy Personals (1999). She continued to work steadily at the beginning of the 21st century appearing in a variety of projects such as View From the Top, Gang of Roses, Murder in Fashion, and Dysfunctional Friends.
Biography by Lucia Bozzola
- Started acting in commercials before landing first small-screen role in the 1982 made-for-TV film Farrell for the People.
- Made film debut in the 1988 comedy vehicle Moving.
- In her late 20s, she played a teenager in the film Clueless (1995) and reprised the role for the TV-series adaptation.
- Motion-picture work in Clueless earned her a nomination for a 1995 Youth in Film Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Feature Film.
- In the mid-1990s, served as guest host on the syndicated music program Soul Train.
- Has appeared in several music videos, including Kanye West's 2005 "All Falls Down."
- Featured in Playboy's August 2006 issue.
- Confronted her fear of the circus and heights when she appeared on the 2008 NBC reality competition Celebrity Circus.
- Launched the intimate-apparel line Letters of Marque in 2008.