Aunjanue Ellis–Taylor’s Biography: Age, Family, Marriage, Husband, Kids

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor

Who is Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor?

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor is an award-winning American actress and producer. She is known for her work in both movies and TV shows. Aunjanue is famous for her stellar performance in films, such as “Men of Honor” (2000), “True Blood” (2008), “King Richard” (2021), and “The Color Purple” (2023).

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor was born to her parents on February 21, 1969, in San Francisco, California. The “Men of Honor” actress is 55 years old as of March 2024. Ellis was raised by her maternal grandmother, Myrtis Taylor, in Magnolia, Mississippi. Sadly, her grandmother died in 1992 at age 86.

Aunjanue attended Tougaloo College before moving to Brown University, where she earned a degree in African-American studies. She also bagged a degree in acting from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.

About Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s parents

Information about Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s parents is currently scarce in the media, as she rarely discusses her family. But according to reports, the actress’s parents were never married, although they hooked up at some point.

In 2023, Aunjanue revealed her mother’s name as “Jacqueline Taylor” while explaining why she added the name “Taylor” to her name. According to her, she started using the name to honor her mother, who died of Parkinson’s disease in 2019. Ellis also shared that her father was a Vietnam War veteran. However, he was absent from her life. In fact, she claims to have only met him once.

About Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s siblings

According to reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor has a sister named Sasha Taylor-Barnes. However, further detailed information about her is scarcely available in the media.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, her mother Jacqueline Taylor, and her sister Sasha Taylor, in an old family portrait.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s sexuality

In June 2022, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor came out as bisexual in an interview with Variety Magazine. Before that, she had given a clue about her sexuality at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards held in March 2022. Aunjanue wore a red-hot Dolce and Gabbana suit jacket with the word “Queer” spelled out in rhinestones to the event.

Meanwhile, the actress claimed that she has always been open about her sexuality to her family, friends, and even some colleagues for a long time. Ellis-Taylor also shared that she has a sweatshirt that says “Girl Bi”, which she wears everywhere. The star actress further revealed that she first discovered that she was queer at age 8. However, she only fully realized it in her 30s while taking a walk with a woman.

In her words:

“We were just spending time talking and hanging out. We walked by this stream — those streams in Utah where it snows once, and then it becomes a beautiful, clear, clear stream — and there was a moment when the sun was hitting the water, and I was looking down in the water, and it was so clear, and I can only hear this woman’s voice behind me. I said, ‘This is how I’m supposed to feel. This is what I’ve been waiting to feel my entire life'”.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s outfit at the 2022 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

How tall is Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor?

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s height is recorded as 5 feet 5 inches or 165cm.

Wiki profile of Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor

Full nameAunjanue Ellis-Taylor
Age55 years
Date of birth February 21, 1969
Place of birth San Francisco, California
Parents Jacqueline Taylor (mother)
Marital statusSingle
Sexual orientation Bisexual
Height5″5 inches
CareerActress, Producer
Net worth $100 million (estimated)

How Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor started her career

In 1995, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor started her career as an actress in the theatrical performance of Williams Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Shortly after, she debuted on screen in the episode of the Fox Police drama series “New York Undercover.” Ellis would later star in the 1996 film “Girls Town.”

However, her breakthrough came in 2015 after she starred in the mini-series “The Book of Negroes”. Also, Aunjanue’s stellar performances in the 2023 films “The Color Purple” and “Origin” brought her a new rush of fame. The film “Origin” is an adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”. 

Over the years, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor has been nominated for several awards, such as the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and even the Primetime Emmy Award.

About Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s marriage and husband

As of March 2024, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor is unmarried and has no husband. In fact, the “King Richard” actress doesn’t seem to have any plans to get married in the future. Ellis shared with Essence in 2020 that she isn’t the “marrying kind” even though she is loving and romantic.

She said:

“Well, I’m not married nor do I want to be. I’m the loving kind but not the marrying kind, though I am romantic”.

While Aunjanue has never been married, she told Variety Magazine in 2022, that she was in an 11-year relationship with a man. Although the actress didn’t give details about him, reports claim that Aunjanue’s long-term partner’s name is Stan Jones and he is a studio engineer.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor and her on-screen husband, Will Smith, from the “King Richard” movie.

List of Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s past relationships and boyfriends

Despite her thriving career, Aunjanue seems less focused on her love life. In fact, there is little or no information about her past relationships or boyfriends. The “Origin” actress has only shared that she met her partner in a church and they have been together for over a decade. However, the details of Aunjanue’s boyfriend and their relationship are currently scarce.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s kids

As of the time of publishing this article, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor is not a mother and does not have any children yet. However, she was warped in a pregnancy rumor in 2023 with reports of her being seen with a baby bump. But the rumors faded away after a while as the actress chose not to address them.

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Will Smith, their on-screen daughters Serena and Venus Williams, and others, pictured at the premiere of “King Richard” in 2021.
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