Who could forget Kimberly Elise’s heart-wrenching role in Set it Off? How about that show-stopping performance she gave in John Q? No matter the project, stage or medium, Elise has always proven she’s a true thespian.

For years, this Minnesota native has been one of the most praised actresses in Hollywood. There’s simply no denying her acting skills, and fans agree.

Most recently, Elise won critics and moviegoers over with a dramatic performance as Crystal in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls. Since then, she’s appeared in several projects including one episode of the now defunct medical drama series, HawthoRNe.

This mother of two may not be spotted out and about on red carpets like other actresses, but you can bet, she’s always working. Elise has two new films on the horizon – Highland Park and Hannah’s Law (TV movie), both set for release later this year.

Join us as we wish this four-time NAACP Image award winner and incredibly talented actress a happy 45th birthday.

We hope to see her in many more movies in the future.