Nia Long was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Doc and Talita Long.
Nia's parents divorced when she was a little over two years old.
She moved with her mother to Iowa City, Iowa, where her mother
studied fine arts, and then to a lower-middle-class South Central
Los Angeles neighborhood when Nia was seven. She attended Catholic
school for a while and studied ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics,
guitar and acting. Due to the lack of employment opportunities in
the Arts in Los Angeles when Nia and Talita first arrived there,
Talita took various low-paying jobs, in spite of being equipped
with two master's degrees, that resulted in financial straits for
the mother and daughter. Nia's motivation to be successful was
driven by her desire to help ease her mother's financial burden.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).