During Kim’s thirty plus years in show business, she has starred in two long running TV series, “The Facts Of Life” and “Living Single”. She has accumulated numerous starring credits in commercials, guest-starring roles, theater productions, TV movies, including BET’s Hidden Blessing and Independent Feature Films, including “An Uninvited Guest” with Mekhi Pheifer and the romantic comedy, “Me & Mrs. Jones”. Kim continues to receive critical acclaim as an actress in comedy or drama, on stage or on television. She has toured with the hit play ‘Vagina Monologues’ and in 2003 received extraordinary reviews in ‘Pandora’s Trunk’, the one-woman show in which she starred, as well as Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park”, which she also served as Executive Producer.
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Her life and career has been the subject of an A&E Biography as well as a Lifetime Intimate Portrait.
Away from the cameras, Kim the Poet and Spoken Word artist performs globally at jazz festivals and spoken word lounges under the name ‘Blondielocks’. Blondielocks has been in effect at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, the Tom Joyner Cruise and the Essence Music Festival to name a few. Her forthcoming Smooth Jazz/Spoken Word CD entitled ‘Lap of Luxury’ will be released early next year. Her debut CD, “Smooth Is Spoken Here” garnered widespread praise. Blondielocks can currently be heard on saxophone star Kirk Whalum’s latest CD.
Kim has been actively involved socially and politically. She was arrested in the Riverside, Ca. protest/march for against police brutality, has campaigned in several political campaigns including those of Jesse Jackson, Sen. Cleo Fields and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. She has provided the keynote address for several national organizations and events.
Ever since Kim saw her Mom Chip perform with Pearl Bailey in “Hello Dolly” (which served as Kim’s introduction to the theater and to acting), theater has long been a passion for Kim. At age 7, Fields and her mother moved to LA from Harlem. Kim became an immediate sensation in television and commercials, starting with the famous “Mrs. Butterworth” syrup commercial. Such exposures lead to a co-starring role on the sitcom “Baby I’m Back,” followed by numerous commercials and guest starring roles. In 1979, Kim landed the role that would place her in worldwide celebrity and lead her to icon status: “The Facts of Life.” The sitcom had an amazing and successful nine-year run on NBC. The beloved series continues to run in syndication all over the world. Kim is a 1990 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. While studying she co-created, produced and hosted the award winning “Campus Spotlight: Live with Kim Fields.” This college talk show attracted celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Blair Underwood, Betty White, Sugar Ray Leonard and Gladys Knight as guests. After nearly a yearlong tour with the hit comedy play, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”, Fields returned to television to star in ‘living single” with Queen Latifah for five years on FOX. By the series’ end, this became Kim’s second sitcom in global syndication. Kim put her telecommunications degree to use by directing “Living Single” and several episodes of “Keenan & Kel” and ‘Taina’ for Nickelodeon along with numerous music videos. She’s also directed “The Jersey” for Disney Channel. When she made her stage directorial debut, with the hit comedy “Vanities,” she received the 1994 NAACP Theater Award for Best Director. In addition, Field’s short film, “Silent Bomb,” which she co-wrote, directed and executive produced, received critical acclaim at screenings in NY and LA. She received endorsements from the Magic Johnson Foundation and she received the Black American Cinema Society’s Director of the Year Award in 1995. In recent years she has received kudos for her directing and producing of the documentary, “Discovering Monk and ‘Trane: One Night @ Carnegie Hall” and several specials for BET and BETJ in the Caribbean.
Needless to say Kim Fields has hit the ground running, to get the next 30 years of her multi-faceted career off to a flying start, giving God thanks for the blessings every step of the way.