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Years active  2000–present
Siblings  Paris Brown
Education  University of Akron
Role  Actress
Name  Yvette Brown

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Born  August 12, 1971 (age 44) (1971-08-12) East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation  Actress, singer, comedian
Movies and TV shows  Community, Drake & Josh, The Odd Couple, Percy Jackson: Sea of M, Pound Puppies
Similar People  Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Jerry Trainor, Scott Halberstadt, Gillian Jacobs

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Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. She starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh as Helen Dubois, and voiced the character Cookie on the American-Canadian animated series Pound Puppies. Brown previously starred as Dani in the 2015 version of The Odd Couple on CBS.


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Brown has also had small guest roles in television shows such as That '70s Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. She also voiced "Harper" from the video game Minecraft: Story Mode. She currently hosts Syfy cosplay series Cosplay Melee and has been a regular guest on the talk show Talking Dead since 2012.

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Early life and education

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Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in 1989. Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994. She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.

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After graduating, Brown took acting classes in Hollywood, Los Angeles.


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Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records. Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."

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Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later. She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the US version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious titled "Helen Back Again". She also provided the voice of Cookie on The Hub's Pound Puppies.

In 2009, Brown began starring as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. On September 30, 2014, Brown announced that she would be leaving the show after five seasons in order to take care of her ailing father. In her announcement she said, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."

She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.

In 2012, Brown appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with her fellow Community co-star Danny Pudi.

In 2014, it was reported that Brown is set to recur on the upcoming USA Network series Benched. In addition to Brown, the cast also includes Molly Shannon, Eliza Coupe, and Jay Harrington. Shortly after her exit of Community, Brown's role of Dani on the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple was upgraded to series regular. She has also been a regular guest on AMC's Talking Dead. She currently hosts Syfy cosplay series Cosplay Melee.


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