Michelle Thomas was born in Boston but raised in New York. She attended the Montclair School of Arts and the Broadway Dance Center. She is survived by her parents, Phynjuar Thomas, a stage actress, and Dennis Thomas, who was a member of the 1970s funk band Kool & the Gang, of Weekhawken, N.J. Miss Thomas appeared on the CBS soap opera "The Young & The Restless" as Callie; on "The Cosby Show" as Justine, who was the girlfriend of Theo, the character played by Malcolm Jamal Warner; and on "Family Matters" as Myra, who was the girlfriend of Steve Urkel, the character played by Jaleel White. She had guest appearances in a number of other TV shows, including "Roseanne," and also performed in music videos, Los Angeles theater productions and several movies, including "Hangin' with the Homeboys." Just prior to her death, Michelle Thomas had received an NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding actress in a daytime drama series.Michelle Thomas' first love was music, so it's only natural that she would develop performing skills at a young age.
She studied jazz, modern and hip-hop dance at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, and while attending an all-girls private school in New Jersey, she was crowned Miss Talented Teen New Jersey in Hal Jackson's Talented Teen Competition. She went on to compete in the international pageant in Jamaica and was crowned International Queen in 1985.
Her other television credits include "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne," a pilot called "Conan the Librarian" and "Dream Date," a made-for-television movie. She also appeared in an episode of the ABC series, "A Man Called Hawk."
She was born in Boston, Mass., on September 23, 1968. Unfortunately, the young and talented actress died of a rare form of stomach cancer on December 23, 1998. read more about her