Tempestt Bledsoe (born August 1, 1973) is an American actress best known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable in the popular 1980's sitcom, The Cosby Show.
In the mid-1990's, she enjoyed a short-lived stint as the host of her own daytime talk show host, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show. More recently, she has been featured in the role of a single mother on the ABC show The Practice and the Lifetime show Strong Medicine.
In television interviews, she is often asked about and speaks of her experiences as a child star together with her co-stars Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sabrina Le Beauf, and Raven-Symone.
Bledsoe is mentioned in Stephen Levitt's Freakonomics as an example of her first name being mistaken for "Temptress".
She was a contestant on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club on 2006.