Kasi Lemmons biography
Talk To Me Director
Date of Birth: 1961
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Lemmons started her career at age 19 as a hostage in the telefilm
She went on to do Off-Boradway stage work for the next 10 years in such productions
as Romeo and Juliet, Balm in Gilead, and The Avenue U Boys, before returning
to the screen.
In 1988 she started working in films like Spike Lee's School Daze , Vampire's Kiss and
Silence of the Lambs, as well as more telefilm work.
She even landed the role of Alex Robbins
in the television series Under Cover.
Following the advice of her husband, actor Vondie Curtis-Hall, she decided to direct a
screenplay she had penned called Eve's Bayou , and went on to achieve this goal with flying
Besides being the highest grossing indi film in 1997, it also received the
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, seven NAACP Image Award nominations, and
a special first time director award created just for her by the National Board of Review.
She continued to act for the next couple of years in films like Gridlock'd and 'Til
There Was You, but focused much of her attention to writing and working with scripts like
The Passion, The Impersonator and Privacy . In 2001, she reprised her role as
director for the film The Caveman's Valentine , starring Samuel L. Jackson (who also
starred in Eve's Bayou ).