Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas

Date Of BirthSeptember 23, 1968
Age30 years 3 months 0 days
Day of BirthMonday
Place Of BirthBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Date Of Death23 December 1998
Place Of DeathNew York City, New York, United States
Zodiac SignLibra
ProfessionsComedian , Actress
Full Name Michelle Doris Thomas

Personal Information
Religions Christianity , Islam
Language English
Star SignLibra
Nationality American
EthnicityAfrican American
Famous For Family Matters , The Cosby Show
Body Features & Measurements
Height152 CM
4 Feet 12 Inches
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Figure Type Hourglass
Family Information
Father Dennis Thomas (Musician/ saxophonist)
Mother Phynjuar Thomas (Actress)
Brother David Thomas
Uncle Paul T. Goodnight
Grandfather Cecil G. Saunders, Sr
Aunt Eleanor Johnson
Education Qualifications
Education (High School) West Essex High School, North Caldwell, N.J
Alma MaterMontclair School of the Arts and the Broadway Dance Center
Love, Romance, Marriage
Boyfriend Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Ex)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Dream Date(1989)
Years Active 1985–1998
Debut (TV) The Cosby Show(1988-1990)
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
More Information
Friend Jon B. (Singer)


Michelle Thomas is an American TV & Movie Actress & Comedian. She made her debut with Dream Date(1989) as Sally Palmer. She is popular for her roles of Justine Phillips [The Cosby Show (1988–90), and Myra Monkhouse [Family Matters(1993–98)]

Michelle Doris Thomas was born on 23rd September 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, United states to Dennis Thomas (father)- a musician who played for "Kool & the Gang" and stage actress Phynjuar Thomas(Mother). she grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.

She has a brother named David Thomas


  • West Essex High School: Michelle graduated from the 'West Essex High School'- a public High school located in the North Caldwell in the year 1987
  • Broadway Dance Center: She studied Jazz, hip-hop, Modern music at the 'Broadway Dance Center' in New York

Cancer & Death

She was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in 1997, She had a tumor (intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor), she underwent surgery twice in 1998, but it wasn't successful. She died at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on December 26th 1998. Her former boyfriend Malcolm-Jamal Warner stayed at her bedside at the time of her death. She was buried at the Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.

Funeral service: She died with her family & friends surrounding her, a funeral service according to Muslim rites was conducted as she had requested.

Her grave has the inscriptions- Merry Christmas, Easter Bunny, Sweet Dreams, CHU-CHU

Michelle Thomas with boyfriend Malcolm-Jamal Warner

[Michelle Thomas with boyfriend Malcolm-Jamal Warner]

Trivia & Interesting Facts

  • Vegetarian: Michelle was a vegetarian
  • Smoking & Alcohol free: She never smoked or drank alcohol.
  • Cancer: She died at the young age of 30 because of Cancer.
  • Acting training: She was trained by her mother in acting, who worked as a acting coach.
  • Her father Dennis Thomas was member of the funk music group Kool & the Gang. The band was popular in the 1970s.
  • Teen pregnancy: Her mother Phynjuar Thomas was a stage artist. Phynjuar was only 17 years old when she gave birth to Michelle.
  • Miss Talented Teen New Jersey: In 1984, Michelle was adjudged Miss Talented Teen at the Hal Jackson's Talent Competition.
  • International Queen: At the age of 15 she became the international queen at the Montego Bay international competitions.
  • She was a guest host at the music series Soul Train.
  • Recording contract: At the age of 16 she received a recording contract, she however made a move to Los Angeles, to seek a career in acting.
  • National commercial: Soon after moving to Los Angeles she landed in a National commercial.
  • Malcolm & Eddie(1997) was her last TV series, Unbowed(1999) was her last movie.
  • Michelle Thomas played "Betsy Brown" on stage.
  • Loved Children: She did not want to chemically treat her illness, she feared it would reduce her chance of becoming a mother, she unfortunately died before conceiving a baby.
  • Michelle studied acting with Flo Greenberg & Tony Abeson.
  • Music: She had studied Jazz, Modern, Hip-hop forms of Music.
  • Kahdijah Bell was her publicist till her death.
  • She wanted to build her career all by herself, she did not tell anyone about her famous father.


Movies List

  • Unbowed(1999)- Anna
  • Hangin' with the Homeboys(1991)- Telemarketing Operator
  • Dream Date(1989) (TV)- Sally Palmer

TV Series List

  • The Young and the Restless(1998)- Callie Rogers Stark
  • Family Matters(199301998)- Myra Monkhouse
  • Malcolm & Eddie(19970- Brooke Bellamy
  • Duckman: Private Dick(1996)- (voice)
  • Thea (1994)- Kendea
  • The Cosby Show(1988-1990)- Justine Phillips
  • A Man Called Hawk(1989)- Ruthie Carver

Music Videos

  • Boyz II Men
  • Chubb Rock
  • Dru Hill
  • Mint Condition

She is mostly known for her acting roles, however she has also performed in various soundtracks, especially for the episodes of "The Young and the Restless" & "Family Matters"

Soundtrack performances

  • When Sunny Gets Blue (The Young and the Restless)
  • Forever More (The Young and the Restless)
  • You've Got Friend (The Young and the Restless)
  • In My Solitude (The Young and the Restless)
  • I Can't Help Myself (Family Matters)


  • 1999: Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series- NAACP Image Awards- WON for her work in "The Young and the Restless"


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