Tina Lifford

Tina Lifford

Mama Belle

Veteran actor Tina Lifford currently portrays Violet Bordelon, aunt to the three estranged Bordelon siblings, in OWN’s drama series “Queen Sugar.” Lifford has spent the past 30 years consistently working in film and television, but it was her breakout starring role as Joan Mosely in the critically acclaimed dramedy series “South Central” that brought her to the attention of audiences and critics alike. Since then, she has had recurring roles in numerous series, including, most recently, “Scandal” and “Minority Report,” as well as “Parenthood,” “Single Ladies,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Lincoln Heights,” “ER” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Some of Lifford’s notable feature film credits include leading roles in director Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon, director Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work, director Dennis Hoppers Colors, and roles in Hostage, Catch and Release, Panic and Letters From a Killer.

Outside of acting, Lifford is the author of The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey Into Inner Fitness, released by HarperCollins and chosen by as a must-read to “make 2021 your best year yet.” She is the Founder and CEO of The Inner Fitness Project (TIFP), a wellbeing initiative sharing actionable strategies for inner-self care. TIFP sees inner fitness as foundational to health as physical fitness.

The drive behind Lifford’s commitment to inner wellbeing dates back to a debilitating encounter with stage fright in the fifth grade that she had to overcome to live the life of her dreams. As an author and speaker, Lifford fosters the idea that we can all live life well and thrive.

She is the playwright of The Circle a groundbreaking touring play that models well-being practices and author of the book The Little Book of Big Lies: and Truths That Set You Free!

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