Jada Pinkett Smith
Despite her diminutive stature, Jada Pinkett Smith enjoyed a certain level of notoriety in roles that exploited her strong will and determination, but when she became one-half of Hollywood's more popular power couples alongside husband Will Smith, her fame jumped to a new level. After appearing as a regular on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) spin-off "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993), Pinkett Smith delivered a number of impressive performances in films like "Menace II Society" (1993) and "Jason's Lyric" (1994). Before long, she was balancing mainstream family fare like Eddie Murphy's broad comedy "The Nutty Professor" (1996) with such gritty dramas as "Set it Off" (1996). After marrying Smith in 1997, she appeared with her husband for the first time in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali" (2001). Collaborating off-screen, they went on to co-create and produce the unconventional family sitcom, "All of Us" (UPN/The CW, 2003-07), even as Pinkett Smith was seen in the back-to-back big screen blockbusters "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). She branched out into animation, lending her voice to the lucrative "Madagascar" (2005) franchise and did double duty as the star and co-producer of the medical drama, "Hawthorne" (TNT, 2009-2011). She and Smith extended the scope of the family business when they produced the hit remake of the classic "The Karate Kid" (2010), featuring son Jaden in the title role. As an actress, producer, director and writer Pinkett Smith appeared to have found that elusive intersection where work and family intersect with admirable success. After a period of being better known as a wife and mother, Smith found her groove again as an actress with successes in the comedy sequel "Magic Mike XXL" (2015) and a recurring role in the Batman origin story "Gotham" (Fox 2014-19), followed by high profile hits in the raunchy comedies "Bad Moms" (2016) and "Girls Trip" (2017).