1. She began her career in 1990, when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived sitcom True Colors.
2. She starred in A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby, and she featured opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor .
3. Pinkett Smith launched her music career in 2002, when she helped create the metal band Wicked Wisdom, for which she is a singer and songwriter.
4. Smith also created a production company, in addition to authoring a book, published in 2004.
5. The couple founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, a charity organization which focuses on inner-city youth and family support and has worked with non-profit organizations like YouthBuild and the Lupus Foundation of America.
6. Banfield-Jones became pregnant in high school; the couple married but divorced after several months. She has a younger brother, actor/writer Caleeb Pinkett.
7. Pinkett Smith attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she met and became lifelong friends with classmate Tupac Shakur.
8. She majored in dance and theatre and graduated in 1989. She continued her education at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and became fully invested in pursuing her acting career.
9. She ultimately moved to Los Angeles, California, where she quickly found success in show business.
10. She began her acting career in 1990, when she starred in an episode of True Colors.
11. She received guest roles in television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. .
12. In 1994, Pinkett Smith acted with Keenen Ivory Wayans in the action and comedy film A Low Down Dirty Shame.
13. She described her character, Peaches, as “raw” with “major attitude”, and her acting garnered positive reviews.
14. The New York Times noted, “Ms. Pinkett, whose performance is as sassy and sizzling as a Salt-n-Pepa recording, walks away with the movie.”
15. Following a role in Demon Knight , Pinkett Smith co-starred with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor.
16. The film opened in 2,000 theaters and earned $25 million in its first weekend.
17. Next, Pinkett Smith had a role in Set It Off , a crime drama about four women who rob banks to escape from poverty.