Ready to begin the next phase of her career, Banks made her acting debut in 1993 with a recurring role as Will Smith's longtime friend on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." She later appeared in films such as Higher Learning, Love & Basketball and Coyote Ugly.
Banks made a pop culture splash in 2003 as the host, creator and executive producer of the long-running reality series "America's Next Top Model," which spawned international versions in more than 35 countries. More television success followed in 2005 with the launch of her Emmy-winning talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show."
When gorgeous, talented Violet Sanford lands in New York City with hopes of becoming a famous songwriter, she's forced to make ends meet by working at Coyote Ugly, a hot new club filled with beautiful bartenders and outrageous entertainment.