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Danitra Vance
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    (July 13, 1959-August 21, 1994)
    Died of Breast cancer at 35
    Regular on 'Saturday Night Live (1985-86)'
    Acted in 'Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991),' 'Little Man Tate (1991),' 'Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991),' 'Limit Up (1989),' 'The War of the Roses (1989).' 'The Cover Girl and the Cop (1989)' and 'Sticky Fingers (1988)'
    She has Bart Simpson hair.
    She is part of what many people refer to as 'The SNL Curse' (SNL performers who died at a young age).
    She was frustrated with being typecast as maids and hookers, so she quit SNL after only one season (1985-86).
    She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and incorporated the experience into a solo skit 'The Radical Girl's Guide to Radical Mastectomy.'
    She tried to fight her cancer.
    She was SNL's first African American female regular.
    Her name has unfortunately been linked to 'The Curse of SNL'
    She starred in a classic teen pregnancy video 'It Only Takes Once,' to raise teen pregnancy awareness, as Cabrini-Green Jackson where she walks the viewer through her high school and talks about her experiences and those of her friends on the issues of babies and not having babies. The video is available in an 'abstinence-only version' and a version where birth control options are discussed.
    She performed with Chicago's famous Second City Troupe.
    She appeared off-Broadway in 'The Colored Museum' and 'Spunk.'
    Her stage work won her some prestigious awards, including two Dramalogues, an NAACP Image Award, and an Obie.
    She debuted on stage in the early '80s and subsequently worked closely with New York Shakespeare Festival producer George C. Wolfe.

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