Rebecca King Crews is a popular American gospel singer, actress and musician, who is also famous for being the wife of the former football player and actor, Terry Crews. Her fans also praise her for her activism and motivation speeches, as well as her producing activities on TV.
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- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Educational background
- 3 Career
- 4 Personal life, husband Terry Crews
- 5 Appearance, surgery
- 6 Net worth and salary
Early life and family
Rebecca Anne King was born on 24 December 1965, in Harbor, Michigan USA. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn, holds American nationality, and is of African-American and Jewish descent. Her father’s name was Samuel Dean King and her mother Anna Mae Parks, however, as of 2020, her full name is Anna King Lund, as she married another man after she divorced from Rebecca’s father; Rebecca’s stepfather is Jack Winston Lund.
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She has a younger sister, Elizabeth Jane, and a younger brother, Samuel Taylor Jr. After Rebecca’s father died several years ago, she shared a video of her talking on memories about her father; she said that she was proud to be her father’s daughter, yet their family had to undergo hard times, when her parents were bullied for their interracial marriage, and then when her father had problems with alcohol and was cruel to his kids and wife. However, Rebecca emphasized that she forgave her father and understood how hard his life was.
Rebecca was a very active student in high school, participating in various sports events, school theatre productions (including “Oklahoma”, “Music Man”, “Pippin”), etc.
She matriculated from Lew Wallace High School in 1984, becoming one of the top-students with highest grades. Rebecca then enrolled at Western Michigan University, and pursued her acting career in its musical theatre, performing in the college’s musical plays.
Acting and producing career
Since her college days, Rebecca hasn’t give up on her dream of becoming a professional actress, but her personal life left her little chance to spend much time acting. After appearing in a couple of production of the local theatres in New York, Rebecca spent her time mostly at home, taking care of her kids. However, from 1996 she started appearing in such TV series and reality shows as “E! True Hollywood Story”, “The Bachelors”, “The Arsenio Hall Show”, etc.
She was invited as a star guest to share the story of her marriage with Terry Crews, and later had a chance to participate in such TV projects as “MasterChef”, “Dr. Phil”, “The Queen Latifah Show”, and many others.
From 2010 to 2011 Rebecca starred in the reality series about her family life with Terry Crews and their five kids. The show revealed the troubles and happy moments of a family bringing up five children in Hollywood. The show had two seasons on the BET network, ending after the second season was over.
In 2018 she landed a small role of a woman named Grace in the short movie “Blueberry”. In 2019 Rebecca’s popularity on TV increased, as she appeared in around ten TV shows in a year, with the list including such shows as “Access Hollywood”, “Celebrity Family Feud”, “Black Love” and many others. In 2020 she appeared as a guest star in the show “Ok! TV”.
Singing career and other endeavors
After a hard period in her personal life, Rebecca found her outlet in singing. Since 2014 she has worked hard to develop her singing career, releasing her debut single “Can I Stay” in 2015. In 2019 Rebecca recorded her first studio album of gospel songs, “Secular Inspirational”. She often posts videos of her singing gospels on her Instagram account; her fans appreciate her filming without makeup and not having her hair done, as she ‘looks more natural and close’ to them, as they often mention in the comments.
Rebecca is a motivational speaker and activist.
She was invited to speak to the audience of the “Uniquely You Summit”, an annual forum founded in 2009 and held in Philadelphia, supporting young black girls and helping them to find better jobs, to get better education, to discover their talents, etc. Rebecca was also an invited speaker at the “Well Done Award”, held in New York, the “Heart and Soul Awards”, held in Baltimore, and many other forums and events.
Rebecca has been featured in multiple fashion magazines as a black fashion icon; she has graced the covers of “Television Guide”, “Reality Magazine”, “Today’s Black Woman” and some others.
As of 2020, Rebecca is also a social media influencer, as she is very active on Instagram and Twitter.
Personal life, husband Terry Crews
Rebecca dated Charles Burton when she was a college junior, giving birth to their daughter, Naomi in 1986 when she was 21 years old. However, the relationship with Charles didn’t last long, and the couple split. While still studying at Michigan University, Rebecca met Terry Crews, who also was a student of her Alma Mater, having a full athletic scholarship for football – the two met in the local church, in which Rebecca was a music director, and Terry simply came to attend a church service. Terry married Rebecca on 29 July 1990, and they have four children together – Azriel, Wynfrey, Tera and Isaiah, and Terry also adopted Rebecca’s daughter, Naomi. Rebecca is now a grandmother, as Naomi gave birth to her daughter, Miley Crews.
From 2009 to 2010 Terry had serious troubles with his pornography addiction, and even underwent rehabilitation.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) May 27, 2020
Rebecca wanted to divorce her husband, but eventually their marriage became even stronger when Terry overcame his addiction, and the couple took multiple sessions of family therapy. Rebecca found out the true reasons for Terry’s addiction, and it saved their marriage; Terry described their experience in his book “Manhood: How to Be a Better Man or Just Live with One” in 2014.
Who is Terry Crews?
Terrence Alan Crews was born on 30 July 1968, in Flint, Michigan USA. Raised in a strict Christian family by his mother, Patricia Crews, who was abused by her alcoholic husband, Terry Crews Sr. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Terry pursued his football career, joining the Los Angeles Rams in 1991. He also played for the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins and later the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 1997 Terry retired from the National Football League, focusing on his lifelong dream of becoming an actor. Terry landed his debut role of T-Money in “Battle Dome” TV series. Then he could be seen in such movies as “Deliver Us from Eva” (2003), “The Longest Yard” (2005), “How to Rob a Bank” (2007), and some others. From 2005 to 2009 he was a regular in “Everybody Hates Chris”, playing Julius, and appearing in more than 85 episodes of the show. From 2010 to 2012 he portrayed Nick Kingston-Persons in “Are We There Yet?”, and then hosted the popular American game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” from 2014 to 2015.
Controversy with Derecka Purnell and the LGBTQ community
Terry Crews is known for his recent controversy with the LGBTQ community, after his unpleasant comment to Derecka Purnell’s post on twitter.
The human rights lawyer wrote her thoughts on the destiny of children adopted by LGBTQ community, stating that they would have a normal life and wouldn’t starve. Terry couldn’t keep himself from commenting that such kids would ‘be still severely malnourished’, which provoked massive disapproval from society. He later apologised for his words, sharing he only based his thoughts on his ‘very personal experiences as a Black Father’.
Rebecca’s daughter, actress Azriel Crews
Rebecca’s daughter, Azriel Crews, born in 2002, was on her way to becoming an actress when she was not even 10 years old, but first appearing in the reality show about her family, “The Family Crews”. She later pursued her acting career bny landing the role of Erin in one of the episodes of the “Crashing” TV series. She also played Pip in “High Maintenance”, Margaret in “I Ship It”, and Janine in “In Development” all in 2019.
As of 2020, Azriel landed the role of Cricket in the “Katy Keene” TV series, produced by CW.
Rebecca has short blonde hair which she earlier liked to have colored in pink. She has brown eyes. Rebecca is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 147lbs (67kgs); her vital statistics are not available at the moment.
On 3 March 2020 Rebecca underwent a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer during her annual checkup. Rebecca shared in her interview with People magazine that she had that gut feeling that she had to undergo not only mammography, but the ultrasound too. The latter procedure discovered a lump in her right breast which appeared to be cancerous, as a biopsy showed. Rebecca had her surgery just a few days before the coronavirus was announced to become a pandemic.
She risked a lot visiting her surgeon on her post-surgery checkups, however, she took all the precautions to stay safe. Rebecca shared that no one in her family ever had a history of cancer. She also told People that her husband, Terry, had very hard times dealing with the thought of his wife having cancer: ‘My husband has watched me go through a lot, but the look on his face … he looked at me like I was going to die. I said, ‘I need you to be strong for me,’ and he said, ‘Okay’ and hugged me, but I think he needed that hug’, Rebecca recalled of the day she shared her diagnosis with her husband. As of April 2020, Rebecca feels well and doesn’t even need to undergo any radiation treatment.
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, Rebecca has a net worth estimated at around $1 million, while her husband’s fortune is estimated to be around $20 million.