Malinda Williams was born on 24 September 1975, in Heidelberg, Germany, to parents Fred and Beverly Williams, of African-American descent. She is an actress and producer, probably best known for her role in the television series “Soul Food”, and in the films “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, “High School High” and “The Wood”.
A famous actress, how wealthy is Malinda Williams? Sources state that Williams has acquired a net worth of over $1.5 million, as of mid-2016. Her wealth has mostly been established during her acting career.
Malinda Williams Net Worth $1.5 Million
During her childhood years, Williams’ family moved from Germany to Westfield, New Jersey where she attended Westfield High School. She later enrolled in Union County College in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Williams had started her acting career already, as a child appearing in an episode of “The Cosby Show” in 1987. She went on to take acting classes at New York’s Actors Conservatory and in 1993 was castin a major role in the television film “Laurel Avenue”. She made guest appearances in several television series during the ’90s, such as “Miami Vice”, “Roc”, “South Central”, “My So-Called Life”, “Sister, Sister”, “Under the Roof” and “The Client”. Her net worth was well established.
She made her film debut in the 1996 dark comedy-romance film “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, in which she played Erica Wright, alongside Martin Lawrence and Lynn Whitfield. The same year she had a recurring role as Taylor in the television series “Moesha”, and made guest appearances in other series such as “The John Larroquette Show”, “NYPD” and “Dangerous Minds”. In 1997 she was cast with a starring role as Tasha Morrison in the series “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher”. Her film roles of the time include “Sunset Park” and “High School High”. In 1999 she starred in the hit romantic comedy film “The Wood” as Young Alicia, playing opposite actor Omar Epps as the ex-girlfriend of his character; the role earned her a nomination for Black Reel Award for Best Actress. She also appeared as Tammy in the thriller “Uninvited Guest” the same year. All added to her net worth.
In 2000 Williams catapulted into the national spotlight by landing a role in the hit Showtime television series “Soul Food” as hair salon owner Tracy ‘Bird’ Van Adams; the series, airing from 2000 to 2004, represented the longest-running African-American television drama in US history, and Williams’ performance earned her three nominations for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, and significantly added to her wealth. She went on to land roles in numerous films of the early 2000s, including “Dancing in September”, “Idlewild”, “Daddy’s Little Girls”, “First Sunday” and “A Day in the Life”. She also appeared in the series “Half & Half”, “The Division”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The District”, and had a recurring role in the NBC series “Windfall”.
Williams’ numerous roles brought role national attention and she became a recognized figure in both the film and television industries. In the following years she landed various film roles, such as in “2 Days in New York”, “Side by Side”, “Percentage”, “Accidental Love”, “Girlfriends Getaway” and “Girlfriends Getaway 2”, as well as several television film parts, including “Marry Me for Christmas”, in which she also served as a producer, and its sequels “Marry Us for Christmas” and “A Baby for Christmas”. All contributed to her wealth.
Aside from acting, in 2006 Williams launched her own line of lingerie and intimate accessories called Modern Goddess.
When speaking about her personal life, Williams married her co-star from “High School High” and “Uninvited Guest”, Mekhi Phifer in 1999; she has one child with the actor. After their divorce in 2003, the actress started dating the DJ and photographer D-Nice and the two married in 2008, however, two years later the couple divorced. Sources believe that Williams is currently single.