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A Different World: Shelby, Shelby, Shelby

Yvette Holland Vasquez portrayed Shelby Walters in a most memorable scene, but where is she now?

By Cheryl E PrestonPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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This article was assisted with information from AI which turned out to be false. I list it to make a point.

Do you remember Shelby Walters?

Yvette Holland Vasquez had a brief but memorable role in the season three episode Ex-Communication of the NBC sitcom A Different World, which aired in March 1991. She portrayed Shelby Walters, the woman Julian Day (Dominic Hoffman) became engaged to and who caused Whitley Gilbert to moan, "Shelby, Shelby, Shelby," later at the Pit where Hilman students gathered to eat and mingle.

Whitley had wrongly assumed Julian asked her to lunch to propose, but instead, Shelby showed up as a statuesque beauty Juliam had met in DC near the Washington Monument. Shelby comes in speaking French after Whitley realizes her mistake.

Whitley is jealous of Shelby's relationship with Julian

Miss Gilbert goes from table to table in the Pit complaining to people she does not even know, that Julain and Shelby will be spending their honeymoon in the Swiss Alps in a Chateau once owned by Greta Garbo.

Whitley later describes her rival, who looked like a runway model, to Jalessa and Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison). She says Shelby is the perfect size 6, speaking six different languages and 6 feet tall. "666 isn't that evil" Whitley moans.

Yvette Holland Vasquez had other roles

According to her IMDB page the actress had additinal roles in What's Happening Now (1985-1986) Modern Girls 1986, Disorderlies 1987, and the NBC soap Generations in 1989, I have watched all of these series and do not recall seeing the actress.

I searched the Internet and could find no images or current information on Vasquez so asked AI. The artificial intelligence gave the following info about the character Shelby stating she was portrayed by Charnele Brown who played Kim Reese.

AI gives false information

Shelby Waters is a fictional character from the American television sitcom "A Different World." Portrayed by actress Charnele Brown, Shelby is known for her intelligence, outspokenness, and strong-willed personality. She is a student at the fictional historically Black college, Hillman College, where much of the series takes place.

Shelby is introduced as a friend of the main character, Denise Huxtable, and becomes a recurring character throughout the series. She is depicted as a feminist who is passionate about social justice issues, particularly those affecting Black women. Shelby often engages in debates and discussions about feminism, race, and other important topics with her fellow students.

Throughout the series, Shelby's character undergoes personal growth and development, navigating relationships, academic challenges, and her own identity. She is portrayed as a confident and assertive young woman who stands up for herself and others.

Shelby Waters is remembered as one of the notable characters from "A Different World," a show that tackled important social issues while also providing humor and entertainment.

The AI information is a complete falsehood. Whitley and Jaleesa Vincent (Dawnn Lewis) are the only female leads who were friends with Denise (Lisa Bonet) in season one who remained on the series. Marisa Tomei portrayed Maggie Lawton a white Hillman student and friend of Denise but only in season one.

Brown joined the cast in season two and did not know Denise. In addition. the AI disxcription of the character is generic and does not fit anyone who was on the show.

Where is Yvette Holland Vasquez?

It looks as if Yvette Holland Vasquez has fallen off the face of the earth. Early in her career she went by Holland which suggests Vasquez was added as a married name but this may not necesssarily be true.

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About the Creator

Cheryl E Preston

Cheryl is a widow who enjoys writing about current events, soap spoilers and baby boomer nostalgia. Tips are greatly appreciated.

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