Michelle Thomas

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Michelle Thomas
Born September 23, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died December 22, 1998 in New York, New York, USA from stomach cancer
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards

Michelle Thomas was an American actress.

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Family Matters Myra Monkhouse 1993–1998 5 6 7 8 9

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 4x22 - The Prom March 24, 1988
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 5x06 - The Birth (1) November 10, 1988
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 5x07 - The Birth (2) November 10, 1988
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 5x18 - The Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus February 16, 1989
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 5x21 - Theo's Women March 16, 1989
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 6x05 - Theo's Gift October 19, 1989
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 6x11 - Cliff la Dolce December 7, 1989
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 6x17 - Not Everybody Loves the Blues February 1, 1990
The Cosby Show Justine Phillips 6x21 - Theo's Dirty Laundry March 15, 1990
Malcolm & Eddie Brooke Bellamy 2x02 - Roofless People September 1, 1997

Awards and Accolades

NAACP Image Awards

(1 Nomination)

Trivia

  • Her mother, Phynjuar is a stage actress and her father, Dennis is a member of R&B band Kool & the Gang
  • Grew up in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Was named "Miss Talented Teen New Jersey" in Hal Jackson's Talented Teen pageant
  • Was named "International Queen" in 1985 at the International competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Graduated from West Essex High School in 1987
  • Diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer called an intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor
  • Refused to undergo treatments for her condition because she was concerned that it would interfere with her chances of conceiving children
  • In the spring of 1998, she underwent surgery to remove a lemon-sized tumor before she landed a role on "The Young and the Restless"
  • Underwent a second surgery in October of 1998 after a second cancerous growth ruptured
  • Had to leave "Family Matters" during its last season after her cancer got worse which made it hard for her to do her scenes
  • Dated Malcolm-Jamal Warner who was by her side when she died
  • Received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance on "The Young and the Restless" prior to her death