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BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

Birthdate: April 17, 1966
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 feet 9 inches tall
Marital Status: Married to a film director Antoine Fuqua.

Original Name: Lela Rochon Staples
How To Say Her Name: Lay la Roe shahn
Leila pronounced as above in Hebrew and Arabic means night.

Lela Rochon is an actress who is very beautiful and usually plays excellent leading ladies on screen. She received two award nominations for her acting in the movie "Waiting To Exhale" They were Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture from The NAACP Image Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance from the MTV Movie Awards for the year 1996. In that same year, she was voted one of "People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People". Lela often has acted in roles that were not written originally to be played by African-American actresses. She is opening doors for others.

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