• Taral Hicks is an American actress and singer born in New York City in 197•
• She has appeared in more than 30 films and TV series, most notably in Robert De Niro's 1993 crime movie “A Bronx Tale”.
• She currently stars in the upcoming films “Friends of Rome” and “The Agnostic”.
• She has released her debut album “This Time” in 1997 and her net worth is estimated at over $1 million.
• She is married to American non-celebrity Loren Dawson and they have no children.

Who is Taral Hicks?

American actress and singer Taral Hicks was born in New York City USA, on 21 September 1974, so her zodiac sign’s Virgo. She’s appeared in more than 30 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for playing Jane in the critically acclaimed 1993 crime movie “A Bronx Tale”, which Robert De Niro directed as well as starred in, alongside Lillo Brancato and Chazz Palminteri. It follows a father who’s worrying about his son because he’s befriended a gangster, and the movie won one of its four award nominations; this was Taral’s debut film role.

She’s still active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming movies “Friends of Rome” and “The Agnostic”.

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Education and early life

Taral was raised alongside her three siblings in Teaneck, New Jersey, by their parents about whom Taral rarely speaks in public, because they prefer to maintain their privacy; Taral’s sister D’Atra Hicks is today a successful actress and singer.

Taral studied at Grace Dodge Vocational High School, and it was during her four years there that she fell in love with both acting and singing; she was also passionate about sports, and could’ve been seen running track and playing soccer.

Taral matriculated in 1993, and then moved to Los Angeles, California, wanting to pursue an acting career.

Roles in movies

The year 1994 saw Taral appear in the music video “Usher: Think of You”, and in 1995, she played Lena Brown in the critically acclaimed crime action “Just Cause”, directed by Arne Glimcher, and which starred Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Capshaw. It follows a Harvard professor who retired from being a lawyer 25 years previously, and has now taken a case of a young black man accused of murdering a child; the film won a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor for Ed Harris.

Some of Taral’s notable performances in the remainder of the decade were in 1996 in the fantasy comedy “The Preacher’s Wife” and the drama “Educating Matt Waters”, and the 1998 crime drama “Belly”.

Taral appeared in only three movies in the 2000s: she played Trina in the 2005 comedy “The Salon”, Nicole Walters in the 2006 drama “Forbidden Fruits” and Member of Gospel Choir in the 2007 comedy “Humenetomy”.

The year 2012 saw her play Mona in the comedy “Aunt Bam’s Place”, written and directed by Tyler Perry, and which starred Cassi Davis, Melonie Daniels and Paris Bennett. It follows a family gathering at Aunt Bam’s house, and the film received mixed reviews.

Taral went on to star in the 2016 horror thriller “The 1 Closest 2 U”, written and directed by Willie Coggins and Ty Mapp, and which also starred Tanya Thompson and Donald Chartruce Calliste; it follows five girlfriends who’ve gone on a weekend trip, and the movie was nominated for a Philadelphia Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Kevin J. Harris).

Taral’s three most recent movie roles have been in the family drama “A Second Chance”, the drama “A Father’s Pride” and the thriller “Sleepyhead”, all released in 2022.

Roles in TV series

Taral’s debut TV series appearance was in the 2002 episode “Fathers” of the crime drama “100 Centre Street”, and the following year saw her play Naomi in the episode “The New Math” of the drama “Soul Food”.

Her following TV series role came 15 years later, when she portrayed the lead character Kelly in all three episodes of the 2018 drama “Illusions”, which was then cancelled, and in 2020, Taral portrayed Beverly Johnson in three episodes of the crime action “Chase Street”. It was created by Denny Brown, starred Clifton Powell, Tyrell Baker and Shakira Ruiz, and follows the people living in the city of Camden, New Jersey.

Taral’s only other TV series role has been playing Kimberly Washington in the 2022 drama “Love After”, which follows a middle-aged woman as she’s struggling to fix her life.

Other credits

Taral sang the song “Yes We Can Can” in the 1996 comedy movie “The Associate”.

She produced the 2022 drama movie “A Father’s Pride”.

Some of Taral’s talk-show appearances have been in “Soul Train”, “The Peter Austin Noto Show” and “Just Eats with Chef JJ”.

Love life and marriage

Taral doesn’t often speak about her love life in public, but has allowed her fans a glimpse into it.

She began dating American non-celebrity Loren Dawson in 1999, but because he prefers to stay away from media, not a lot about him has been revealed; it’s known that Loren’s a devout Christian, and is highly supportive of Taral’s career.

The two exchanged vows in a private ceremony in 2001, and are yet to have children. Taral hasn’t spoken about why she and Loren have no children, but it’s believed that they both want to focus on their careers; some who claim that perhaps one of the two is infertile.

Taral hasn’t spoken of other men whom she’s dated, she’s married to Loren Dawson as of January 2023, and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Taral’s sister Miriam Hicks is today a popular gospel singer.

Taral appeared in the Broadway play “Mama I Want To Sing”, and played the same character which her sister D’Atra had played several years earlier.

Taral released her debut album “This Time” in 1997, and was at that time signed to Motown Records.

Her mother was her manager for a couple of years in the ‘90s.

Taral’s quite active on Instagram, and her account ‘she is Taral Hicks Dawson’ is today followed by close to 200,000 people, while she’s posted nearly 250 pictures and videos onto the social media network.

Her favorite actresses are Emma Watson and Rosario Dawson, and some of her favorite movies include “Seven Pounds”, the franchise “Harry Potter” and “Descent”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Taral’s age is 48. She has brown eyes and long black hair, is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall and weighs about 150lbs (69kgs).

Taral’s net worth’s been estimated at overclose to $1 million, as of January 2023.


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