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Kellie Shanygne Williams:
Laura Winslow on Family Matters

1992 Sydney Cooper, Kidsbooks

When Family Matters super-nerd Urkel pipes up with, " No sweat, my pet," chances are he’s talking to pretty Laura Winslow, played to perky perfection by Kellie Shanygne Williams. Chatty Kellie, who grew up in Washington, D.C., loves playing Laura. In fact, she admits that there’s not much difference between the two. "We’re very similar, she’s just like me. We say the same things – which is exactly what we feel."

Speaking her mind may be what she does now, but it’s precisely because she didn’t speak her mind – or much of anything at all!- that Kellie got into showbiz in the first place. As a small child, Kellie was so shy that her parents took her to acting classes just to get her out of her shell. Kellie was only four years old at the time. It didn’t take very long for the bashful babe to realize she loved her classes – nor did it take long for her coaches to realize just how talented she was.

By the time she’d turned seven, Kellie signed with an agent and began to land roles in professional plays as well as TV commercials. She was in the TV special, Celebration: In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King plus the movies, Men Don’t Leave and Suspect. During all this time, she continued to live at home and attend public school.

All that changed when Kellie’s agent told her about a possible part in a TV series. The show was called Family Matters and they were looking for a young actress to fill the role of Laura. Auditions were taking place in New York and Los Angeles. Since Kellie was in Washington, her agent submitted a video of the young actress – quickly put together by her dad, just for the occasion. That did the trick. The casting directors were so impressed with the talented teen, they summoned her for in-person tryouts.

Winning the role meant big changes. Kellie and her mom had to relocate to Los Angeles, where Family Matters tapes. It also meant leaving school and all her friends, which is the one thing Kellie regrets. "I have a tutor and go to school at the studio," the 10th grader reports. "It’s boring sometimes. It’s hard to stay in a room by yourself all day. I miss my friends."

Of course, Kellie isn’t exactly alone at the studio school. Her on-camera pest, but off-camera friend, Jaleel White sits right next to her. The two also eat lunch together at the studio’s commissary.

Behind the scenes at Family Matters, Jaleel isn’t the clown of the bunch. "It’s Reginald VelJohnson who keeps everyone loose," Kellie confesses, "He’s the practical joker of the cast."

During the months that Family Matters keeps Kellie in California, she and her mom live in an apartment in the Westwood section of LA. The teenager’s room is plastered with posters of her favorites – Janet Jackson and Prince, and a bunch of stuffed animals.

Like many 15-year old girls, Kellie’s all-time favorite activity is shopping. "I buy clothes that are funky with lots of colors." She loves the shopping in Los Angeles, but misses the malls of Maryland where she and her friends back east used to spend Saturday afternoons. Happily, Kellie gets to go home whenever the show’s on hiatus (that’s showbiz talk for vacation!)

Living a bi-coastal lifestyle suits Kellie just fine, which is definitely a good thing. For as Family Matters soars in the ratings, it looks like she’ll be at it for quite a while.

The Kellie Countdown
1992 Sydney Cooper, Kidsbooks

Name: Kellie Shanygne Williams. Her middle name is pronounced Sha-neen.
Birthdate: March 22, 1976
Height: 5‘5"
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Weight: 115 lbs.
Lives: Westwood, CA and a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.
Mom and Dad: Patricia and Ervin
Brother: Donte, 9
Sister: Marti, 10
School: In Maryland, it’s Central High School; in California, she’s tutored.
Grade: She’s a sophomore.
Favorite Singers: Janet Jackson, Prince
Favorite TV Shows: Roseanne, A Different World, and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Favorite Colors: Pink and black
Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Favorite Foods: Pizza and sweet and sour chicken
Kind Of Boy She Goes For: Someone with a good sense of humor and an easygoing personality.
Future Goal: To be a lawyer or a director.

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