With more than 15 years as a working Hollywood actress, Tina Lifford has a face that people recognize. She currently stars as Renee Trussell on NBC’s hit series, Parenthood, and as Evelyn Lancaster in the VH1 hit Single Ladies.
Working in an industry that chews talent up and spits them out isn’t easy, and Lifford decided long ago to be more than a flash in the pan. Her tales of her Hollywood journey are humorous, inspirational and instructive.
Lifford founded The Inner Fitness Project(TM) which is life skills training for building the inner resilience, stamina, strength and flexibility needed to meet life. She has also created two entertaining and educational vehicles devoted to self-care practices: her bestselling book, The Little Book of BIG LIES and TRUTHS That Set You Free and The Circle, a 90-minute play she wrote and performs around the country.
Tina has achieved notable accomplishments: first black female series lead (since Diahann Carroll) in the critically acclaimed half-hour series South Central on Fox, Winnie Mandela – opposite Sydney Poitier and Michael Caine – in the Showtime biopic Mandela and de Klerk, and Mama Haze in The Temptations Story. Tina has starred in more than 90 television shows and films opposite industry legends Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Danny Glover and Steve Martin to name a few. Notable TV credits: CSI, Cold Case, In Plain Sight, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck and Heroes