Rubina Mulla delves into the incredible journey of international comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish.
and an all-out entertainer, comedian Tiffany Haddish gives everything she does her all. Tiffany is a living example of the adage, ‘Success shines brightest on those who work the hardest’.
RAGS TO RICHES
Growing up was no bed of roses for young Tiffany. Her father left her and her mother when she was just three, and a few years down the line, her mother suffered brain damage following a car accident. It fell on young Tiffany, just around nine at that time, to become the primary caregiver for her younger half-siblings. At 12, she was placed in foster care, forced to find a way to cope with new situations and people, until the age of 15 when she was reunited with her siblings and grandmother.
It fell on young Tiffany, just around nine at that time, to become the primary caregiver for her younger half-siblings.
Along the way, there were several hurdles she had to overcome - including a spell of being broke and homeless. But she continued to have faith in herself and her dreams. Her perseverance paid off. Tiffany went on to break several barriers and find her place both as an actress and a comedian. She made television history by becoming the first black woman to host the very popular American series ‘Saturday Night Live’. Recounting an incident from earlier on in her life, she averred, “I remember this lady told me, ‘Tiffany, you got a lot going on. Either you’re gonna be a star, or you’re going to jail’. So, I’m glad I chose the star part.”
Tiffany got her first break with comedy competition Bill Bellamy’s ‘Who’s Got Jokes?’ before going on to make several guest appearances in a variety of TV shows. She eventually scored recurring and starring roles on shows like ‘Real Husbands Of Hollywood’, ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ and ‘The Carmichael Show’. She even starred in a couple of films, but rose to fame with her critically acclaimed performance in the film ‘Girls Trip’ alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall.
Not one to hold back, she let her funny side run wild in her much loved comedy special ‘Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From The Hood To Hollywood’. In 2017, she penned a memoir titled ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ which digs deep into her life with hilarious results. Listed amongst ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2018, it seems that Tiffany’s fans just can’t get enough of her.
She is the new comedy queen of the west, with upcoming releases like ‘The Kitchen’ (2019), ‘The List’ (2018) and ‘Night School’. Well, we all love a good animation film, and in ‘ The Lego Movie’ sequel (2019), our girl Tiffany
“This is an Alexander McQueen. This is a $4,000 dress. I’m gonna wear this dress multiple times.”
will hit some vocal highs by being the voice of one of the characters in the film. Audiences are bound to go gaga! More insights into a phenomenon called Tiffany…
THE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN DRESS
Hailing from an underprivileged background, the actress doesn’t believe in parading her wealth. She was spotted wearing the same Alexander McQueen dress on multiple occasions - a rare sight in movie land. She addressed the trolls in her opening monologue on SNL saying, “My whole team told me, ‘Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on SNL’. And I said, ‘I don’t give a dang about no taboo. I spent a lot of money on this dress. This dress costs way more than my mortgage. This is an Alexander McQueen. This is a $4,000 dress. I’m gonna wear this dress multiple times’.”
“...I think my life turned out as good as it has because all the time I’m just trying to have fun!”
TIFFANY’S TAKE ON RELATIONSHIPS
Tiffany has been very vocal about her desires. She is looking for a man who can give her butterflies in her stomach. She says she is all accommodative and can reschedule her plans for some butterflies. Tiffany is always heard gushing about her dream man and we hope she finds him soon.
Her love life, however, has not been hunky-dory; the actor was a victim of physical abuse. Tiffany, in her memoir ‘The Last Black Unicorn’, shared her struggle with being physically abused by her husband and the ensuing ordeal during which she miscarried. She eventually separated from her husband William Stewart for the second time in 2013.
THE FUNNY SIDE OF LIFE
In 1997, Tiffany’s social worker gave her an ultimatum: Either she attend psychiatric therapy or go to the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. Comedy having been her preferred outlet to cope with everything she was dealing with, there is little doubt which option she chose. It helped her discover her passion and, as she likes to put it, literally saved her life. She sums it up, “...I think my life turned out as good as it has because all the time I’m just trying to have fun!”
With the spirit of a winner and a heart of gold, Tiffany is a true unicorn and her story continues to inspire audiences. She says, “Sometimes I would be feeling like, ‘Aww man, I don’t think this is gonna happen’, or, ‘I’m about to fail’ and then my mind is like, ‘Unh-uh, you not allowed to think like that. Take that out of your mind’.
A lesson for all of us on seeing the brighter side of things during our darkest moments, Tiffany Haddish is true inspiration. She also serves as a reminder that if we believe in our dreams, we can achieve them - come what may.