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Aunjanue L. Ellis

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Appeared in
3 episodes (see below)
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Biographical Information
Date of birth
February 21, 1969 (1969-02-21) (age 48)
Date of death
Place of birth
San Francisco, California, USA
Place of death
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Aunjanue L. Ellis, born February 21, 1969 in San Francisco, California, is an American actress who played the role of Diane Virginia Hardwicke on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut on the episode "The First Taste" in the series' first season, Aunjanue plays the role of a vampire. Ending her human life in Niagara Falls, Canada, the night the Honeymoon Bridge collapsed, and undergoing a tumultuous relationship with her husband Virgil, Aunjanue was berated for being barren, but was taken to Niagara Falls on a "second honeymoon" . This trip would turn out to be their last together. No deaths were reported, but Aunjanue knows better. Playing a recurring role through the same season, Aunjanue meets an untimely demise in the Season 1 episode "Burning House of Love".


Aunjanue L. Ellis (first name pronounced on-zsa-new; born February 21, 1969) is an American actress known for her roles in Ray, in Undercover Brother, The Mentalist and The Help.

Ellis was born in San Francisco, California, and raised on her grandmother's farm in Mississippi. She attended Tougaloo College before transferring to Brown University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in African-American studies, while also studying acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh. She went on to study acting in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

In 1995, she appeared as Ariel opposite Patrick Stewart's Prospero in a Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

In January 2004, she performed in Regina Taylor's play Drowning Crow, at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

In the Spring, 2012 Hampton University semester, she was going to be teaching entertainment industry courses. She will also be featured in a Hampton Players and Company production, "Through the Crack."





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Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"

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