Jasmine Guy, where you been hiding? Apparently on 'Drop Dead Diva'!

drop-dead-diva-jasmine-guyOn Sunday evenings, after Big Brother and after Mad Men, if I can manage to keep my eyes open, I try to tune into my lady-like indulgence Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime. I’m especially glad I got my Diva on last night because look who popped up with a gavel in the court room: the irrepressible Jasmine Guy! (Cybil Shepherd made a grand appearance, too, but whatevs.) Drop Dead Diva always manages to snag ridiculously delicious, icon-esque guest judges (Rosie O’Donnell! Paula Abdul!), but seeing A Different World star Jasmine just made me smile. Not totally sure why I got so excited (she’s been on Vampire Diaries recently), but I’m just gonna revel in her random pop-up and post about it here on PopWatch. My grin was extra large, too, last night thanks to Jasmine’s somewhat marm-ish hairdo (see: photo here) and her surly attitude on the episode (which you can watch in entirety, if you want). No one messes with Whitley! “Relax, relate, release!” (I’ve always wanted to cite Whitley’s genius line here in a PW post. Mission: accomplished.)

And just to go down memory lane for a moment, do you remember when Jasmine was on EW’s cover back in 1991? Yah, she was! For A Different World, natch. And it’s quite possibly the most amazing moment of reminiscing you’ll experience…today! Enjoy Jasmine’s moment in the EW sun here:


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  • Andy

    She had a pretty major recurring role on The Vampire Diaries this year, too… though I can’t blame you for not seeing it. More people need to give that show a chance :(

    • jasper

      why so sad, girl? the article clearing states that she was in TVD as well.

      • Andy

        lol my bad

  • Brooke

    I actually still say “relax, relate, release!” whenever I’m stressed out at work. My younger colleagues have no idea what the hell I’m doing!

    • Heather

      Ha ha…me too!

    • Sam

      That line has stuck with me for years… still use it!

    • Delo

      Me too!

  • Trey

    That was the moment I felt old. When it dawned on me that Whitley was playing a teenagers grandmother on Vampire Diaries. She does brighten every show she is on.

  • Sara

    I’ve never seen A Different World but I LOVED her character on Dead Like Me. Roxie was a badass.

    • lilkunta

      Definitely check out the show. It is great. It is on Tvone(cable) and the seasons are on dvd as well.

  • XSE Drake

    She lives and works in Atlanta (she directs a good deal of theatre) so it’s nice to see her working on Atlanta-based series.


    i saw the episode .. loved her on both dead like me & different world. will someone please give this talented woman a reg series gig? She’s is also a talented director.

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  • jfms777

    She got so old looking.

    • @jfms777

      I’m sure you didn’t though. You’re the same fresh flower you were 20 years ago.

  • Fluffer

    Jasmine Guy and Prince have never been seen in the same place at the same time. Just sayin.

    • lilkunta


  • Mc Prophet

    She was awesome on Dead Like Me. She played a character that was like Whitley but from a rougher side of the streets lol.

  • Ixarix

    It is a really great cover photo of her. Classy lady.

    • Via

      Yes, and check out her waist! Ever more admirable because this was pre-photoshop.

  • Kisha

    I saw her hosting a ballroom dancing competition on PBS as I was channel surfing.She was pretty knowledgeable from what I saw .

  • NYLA

    I grew up adoring this woman. She was actually one of the best self centered southern belles on TV in the late 80s and early 90s, along with Blanch Deveroux and Susan Sugarbaker. The only difference is she got to be the star of her show. It boggles my mind how this woman never won an emmy for her brilliant Whitley Gilbert. I’m not even sure she was ever nominated. But she was also great on TVD. I was sad when her character was killed off the show. But she was quite the scene stealer once again. She really needs to be given more work.

  • Henry

    No you didn’t go ALL the way back with, “That’s all.” and that hot cover from years ago. Kudos to you for keeping old school alive.

  • nancy

    Thanks for the spoiler on the vampire diaries d-bag!!!! i haven’t got a chance to finish the season yet.

    • snickering

      The season ended three months ago and that episode has already aired at least twice. No pity for you — or soup, either. ;)

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