Born Stacey Lauretta Dash on January 20, 1966 in Bronx, New York, Stacey Dash’s career took off on Seasme Street. After appearing on The Cosby Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, she starred in the 1988 television series TV 101 opposite Matt Leblanc and Sam Robards. In the same year, she appeared on her first film, the comedy Moving. She had decent roles in more films, such as Mo’ Money, Renaissance Man, and a low-budget film Illegal in Blue.
Dash’s most memorable role would come in 1995 as she starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in the hit comedy Clueless. She played Silverstone’s best friend Dionne Davenport, a 28-years-old playing the role of a high school student. In 2001, she appeared in the music video of the Carl Thomas single “Emotional” and later in 2004 for Kanye West’s “All Falls Down.” In 2006, she posed for Playboy at age 40, while launching her own lingerie line. She has also appeared on some television shows, including Eve and CSI. In 2007, she completed another bunch of films, namely I Could Never be Your Woman, Nora's Hair Salon II, Fashion Victim, Ghost Image and American Primitive.
Dash is one of the contestants in the NBC reality show Celebrity Circus, which features six celebrities who will learn the ropes of circus life, including mastering death-defying stunts with high wires, flying trapezes, and fire dancing. The contestants will then face a panel of judges for critique. Talking about her experience in the show so far, Dash says the biggest challenge is trying to overcome or embrace your fear, to find that “great strength” to pull through. Moreover, she says learning circus stunts feels like “going to another planet” and “learning how to breathe differently.”