Troy was born in New York City to a black mother and a white father. Due to racial and cultural challenges, Troy’s father abandoned her and her mother when Troy was two years old. Troy remained in New York City with her welfare recipient mother. Desperate to make financial ends meet, Troy’s mother accepted the advice of her yet to be famous neighbor Alvin Alley and took Troy to audition for a new PBS series, Sesame Street. Troy was immediately hired as one of the original cast members for the children’s program. Troy remained as a series regular on Sesame Street until the age of nine. In addition to appearing on Sesame Street, Troy went on to be featured in national television commercials and star in movies of the week until the age of eleven when her home life took a turn for the worse. By the age of twelve, Troy was taken away from her mother for child neglect and placed in foster care. Troy remained a ward of the state until the courts tracked down her biological father. Shortly thereafter, Troy moved to Idaho to live with her father whom she had not seen since the age of two.
Troy describes her life in Idaho as a huge but welcomed departure from city life. “I finally got to be a normal kid,” Troy remembers. However, unable to shake the show biz bug, immediately after graduating from high school, Troy turned down a full ride scholarship to the College of Idaho to return to New York City with the hopes of re-igniting her acting career. Upon returning to New York City, Troy immediately enrolled in The City University of New York’s School for the Performing Arts with a minor in Psychobiology. After swiftly landing a bit part in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club (1984), Troy dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career. Her intentions were fulfilled when she convinced the producers of Dynasty to create a role for her as Diahann Carroll’s daughter on the ABC hit primetime soap opera. Two years later, Troy went on to earn ShoWest’s Newcomer of the Year Award for her leading role in Robert Wise’s feature film Rooftops (1989).
Since then Troy’s feature film credits include Disorderlies, Weekend at Bernie’s II, Eddie, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Altman’s The Gingerbread Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., and John Q, starring Denzel Washington. In 1997 Troy put her writing skills to use, making her screenwriting debut with B*A*P*S, starring Halle Berry. The following year she decided to direct and star in her next screenplay, Let’s Talk About Sex. The film was quickly in a bidding war and picked up by Fine Line Features. She next wrote and directed Love Don’t Co$t A Thing for Warner Brothers, based on the hit 1987 movie Can’t Buy Me Love. Upon release of the film, Troy made history as the first woman of color to write and direct a studio released film.
Although Troy has had a lucrative career in show business, today, her passion is working with people and communities that are stopped or stuck in their lives due to heartbreak and grief. Currently, Troy holds a master’s degree in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Community, Liberation and Eco psychology. Inside of her commitment to expand her knowledge as a Psychologist, Troy is also earning a doctorate’s degree in Jungian Analysis and Archetypal Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Still carrying somewhat of a torch for the entertainment industry, Troy managed to merge her commitment to healing hearts with her passion for filmmaking. LionsGate Home Entertainment released Troy’s most recent film entitled, “I Really Hate My Ex,” Currently Troy is focusing on distribution for her Smart Single Sexy Mom reality series and building transitional homes for single moms in need of housing and other resources. Troy is also the founder of Heartbreak Recovery Counseling (HRC), a non-profit organization designed to provide daily group relief meetings for heartbreak sufferers nationwide.
Troy’s hobbies include yoga, hiking, sewing, cooking, gardening and transcendental meditation. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her son, Jordan and their dog, Enzo.