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Camille Winbush
Born
Camile Simoine Winbush

(1990-02-09) February 9, 1990 (age 34)
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1994–present

Camille Simoine Winbush (born February 9, 1990) is an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Emma Aimes on short-lived sitcom Minor Adjustments, Vanessa Thomkins on The Bernie Mac Show and as Lauren Treacy on the popular teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her work in television has earned her three Image Awards and a Young Artist Award.

Early life

Winbush was born in Los Angeles, California on February 9, 1990, the only child of Anthony and Alice Winbush. She never attended public school, having been homeschooled and educated by an on-set tutor while acting as a child. Winbush was a competitive gymnast during her childhood.

Career

Winbush made her acting debut on television series Viper in 1994, playing the role of Lucy Wilkes. The following year, she acted in her first film, Dangerous Minds. She appeared regularly on sitcom Minor Adjustments (1995−96) as Emma Aimes, the daughter of Rondell Sheridan's character. Winbush reprised her role of Emma on Brotherly Love in a Halloween episode.

She portrayed a young girl named Camille in Eraser (1996) and appeared as Pearline, a bookworm, in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). Winbush had a recurring role on 7th Heaven and provided the voice of Ashley Tomossian on the Disney cartoon Recess.

Winbush's big break came in 2001 when she was cast as Vanessa Thomkins on The Bernie Mac Show, a role she would play until the series ended in 2006. During her run on the show Winbush earned numerous award nominations for her role, winning three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress in 2006.

She has guest starred on Strong Medicine, Criminal Minds, That's Life, The Norm Show, NYPD Blue, and Any Day Now. In 2007, she appeared in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Winbush acted in Disney's musical production of Geppetto.

From 2008 to 2013, Winbush played Lauren Treacy, a recurring character in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Winbush was cast as Miriam in the web series The Choir, replacing Idara Victor in the role. She provided the voice of Rhonda in Children of Ether and portrayed Syrena in Cannon Busters, both productions by animator LeSean Thomas.

Other ventures

In 2002, Winbush recorded "One Small Voice" featuring singers Myra and Taylor Momsen and "The Night Before Christmas Song" for the compilation album School's Out! Christmas. She also sang on the soundtrack of the Disney musical production of Geppetto.

As a teenager, Winbush operated an ice cream shop she named Baked Ice, located in Pasadena, California. It opened in 2003 and an aunt supervised the store when Winbush was unavailable. She received a Teenpreneur Award from Black Enterprise in 2004. The business was still extant as of 2005.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Viper Lucy Wilkes Three episodes: "Pilot", "Ghosts", "Thief of Hearts"
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special April Balck Episode: "What About Your Friends"
Dangerous Minds Tyeisha Roberts
Minor Adjustments Emma Aimes unknown episodes
Brotherly Love Emma Aimes Episode: "Witchcraft"
1996 Eraser Camille
1996–1999 7th Heaven Lynn Hamilton Six episodes
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Child Episode: "Mother Goose: A Rappin' & Rhymin' Special"
1997 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Lil Hot Foot Episode: "Please Don't Go"
1998 NYPD Blue Chloe Episode: "Honeymoon at ... Falls"
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Pearline
Ladies Man Girl Scout #2 Money, Honey
Any Day Now Mavis Episode: "A Parent's Job"
1999–2000 Recess Ashley 'Ashley T' Tomossian Four episode
2000 Geppetto Featured TV
Dinosaur Female Lemur voice
The Norm Show Molly Episode:"Norm vs. Halloween"
The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! Bear #3/Little Girl voice
2001–2006 The Bernie Mac Show Vanessa "Nessa" Thomkins 104 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Vinetta Episode: "Emergency Contact"
2005 ER Trisha Episode: "Skin"
2007 Criminal Minds Ally Episode: "Fear and Loathing"
Grey's Anatomy Camille Travis Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Lauren Treacy recurring role
2015 The Choir Miriam Four episodes
2017 Children of Ether Rhonda Vega voice
2019 Cannon Busters Syrena, Additional Voices English dub
2022 Holiday Hideaway Carly

Awards and nominations

Awards
Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
1996 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance by an Actress Under 10: Television Minor Adjustments
2003 Nominated Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show
Nominated Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series
2004 Nominated BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2005 Nominated BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2006 Won Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actress
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