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Tichina Arnold

Judi Mann

Tichina Arnold is from Queens, New York. She discovered her penchant for entertainment when she was four, in a performance for her family’s church congregation. In her youth she appeared in several plays, including “The Me Nobody Knows” at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre. In 2004, she toured in the lead role of the musical hit If These Hips Could Talk, which broke box office records in over 55 cities. Recently she appeared in the off-Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, as did her co-star Fran Drescher.

Arnold has had a thriving career in both TV and film. Her television credits include appearances on All My Children, The Cosby Show and Law & Order, and she starred in the films Big Momma’s House and Civil Brand. Her most recent film was Wild Hogs, co-starring Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta.

Tichina Arnold is a two-time NAACP Image Award-winning actress. The first was for her role as Pam Jones on the hit TV series Martin. She earned the second award, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, for her work in the first season of the critically acclaimed comedy series Everybody Hates Chris, which was inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock. On the show Arnold played Rochelle, Chris’s (Tyler James Williams) strict, sassy mother who runs the household on a tight budget and is the glue that holds the family together.

In addition to acting, Arnold donates her time to several charitable organizations that serve children. She’s on the National PTA Advisory Board, the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, and she has raised funds for Hire L.A., Voices for America’s Children, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Rally for Kids with Cancer, First Star for Children's Rights and Fran Drescher’s organization, Cancer Schmancer.

Arnold will appear in TV Land’s new original sitcom Happily Divorced this summer alongside Fran Drescher. Arnold will play the role of Judi, Drescher’s best friend.

Arnold lives in Los Angeles with her daughter Alijah.

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Character Bio

Judi Mann is Fran’s best friend in the world, their relationship going all the way back to their childhood in Flushing, Queens. She is an aspiring actress and singer who has seen some success acting in commercials and singing backup for major recording artists. Judi sings show tunes nightly at THERE Bar, where Fran and Peter often come to listen. Although singing in a gay bar does put a crimp Judi’s social life, she has not given up on love… yet.

Happily Divorced TV Schedule

July 23
Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place
When Fran meets Frankie, an adorable New Yorker opening a pizza parlor in LA, she thinks she may finally have found love again. But when Elliot pops back into Fran’s life and says he is finally ready to commit, Fran finds herself caught between a rock and a pizza place. Guest Star: Ralph Macchio
July 24
Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place, II
When Fran finds herself torn between Elliot and Frankie, she realizes she has to finally make a choice between her two suitors. She feels confident about the choice until Peter's new boss makes her question the decision.
July 25
Meet the Parents
When Elliot's parents come to town, Fran does her best to impress them by throwing a small dinner party. But partway through the evening, Elliot's mother's ring goes missing and all signs point to a surprising culprit: Fran! Guest stars: Florence Henderson, Robert Wagner, D.W. Moffett