Kimberly Elise (born April 17, 1967) is a American film and television actress. She is best known for her role in the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Elise has won two NAACP Image Awards.
Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (née Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm. She has three siblings. Elise studied film and acting at the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in Mass Communications. She was married to Maurice Oldham (1958-2007) from 1989 until 2005; they have two children, Ajableu Oldham and Butterfly Oldham.
Elise's maternal descent is of the Songhai people in Mali.