Marion Martin Banfield, a Jamaican-born social worker, is the proud grandmother of Jada Pinkett Smith, an American actress, singer, songwriter, and talk show host. Jada is the winner of a Daytime Emmy Award for co-hosting the Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk. She was also named as 100 most influential people in the world in 2021 by Time magazine. She is better known for her roles in the Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), and animated Madagascar films. In 2002, Jada joined the heavy metal band Wicked Wisdom as a lead singer and songwriter. As a producer she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Musical for the Broadway musical Fela! in 2010. She launched her writing career by publishing a children’s book, Girls Hold Up This World. The book was number two on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Marion Martin Banfield’s Family Background
Marion’s granddaughter was born Jada Koren Pinkett Smith on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland to Adrienne Banfield-Jones, the head nurse of a Baltimore inner-city clinic, and Robsol Pinkett Jr., who ran a construction company. Jada’s parents divorced soon after her birth. Jada was raised by her mother and grandmother Marion Martin Banfield. Marion has been the source of inspiration for Jada. Jada Studied at Baltimore School for the Arts. She graduated in 1989 with a major in dance and theatre. She also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has been married to Will Smith since December 1997.
Marion Martin Banfield’s Career
She began her acting career by appearing in an episode of True Colors in 1990. Before getting a full-length role in the NBC television sitcom A Different World (1991), she guest-appeared in television shows such as 21 Jump Street (1991), and Doogie Howser, M.D. (1991). She landed on her film break with the 1993 teenhood drama Menace II Society. She hit the limelight when she starred in the remake of The Nutty Professor in 1996. Being a commercial hit, the movie earned $25 million in its first weekend in North America and $274 million worldwide. Her other notable films include The Nutty Professor (1996), Set It Off (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Magic Mike XXL (2015), Bad Moms (2016), Girls Trip (2017), and The Matrix Resurrections (2021). To her television credit, she starred in Hawthorne (2009–2011) and Gotham (2014–2017).
Marion Martin Banfield’s Family Net Worth
Although Marion’s property is not known in the public domain, her granddaughter is known to have earned a lot of fortune for her family. She reportedly has a wealth of $50 million. She founded a production company Westbrook Inc. with her husband Will Smith, a popular Hollywood actor, that produces films, documentaries, and television series, which is also a major source of her income. She earned a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance comedy The Women.