WCNTV Commentary: Today on CNN we got a chance to visit with Victoria Rowell and let me say MY, MY, MY I need a little help from Johnny Gill on this one. One of my favorite Actresses is the Lovely Victoria Rowell who is receiving a great deal of support for a return to the Young and The Restless. An Advocate for Adoption Victoria brings purpose to her celebrity and is Today’s TransmediaWoman. Hear her story and support her efforts to bring Adoption to the forefront. Tell you what if CBS does not pick up her options soon…..There could be a Transmedia Soap Opera in her Future…….IPTV opens up a lot more opportunities for Veteran Actors. Transmedia Storytelling is what we do best and monetizing the Customer Experience is what WCNTV does best. Dru it may be time to do our own thang around YOU!!! Hit LIKE if your Hear ME Fans.
Victoria “Vicki” Lynn Rowell (born May 10, 1959) is an American actress and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of ballerina-turned-model Drucilla Winters on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and medical examiner/pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley on the CBS drama Diagnosis: Murder. From 1993 to 2000, she appeared on both series simultaneously.
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Rowell was born in Portland, Maine on May 10, 1959. Her biological mother, Dorothy Rowell, was of English descent and a Mayflower descendant, and her birth father, whose surname was Wilson, was of African-American descent. Rowell knew very little about her father. Dorothy, who suffered from schizophrenia, took a taxi to a hospital to give birth to Rowell, leaving a son and two small daughters unsupervised. When she was 16 days old, Rowell, along with her two sisters, Sheree and Lori, was surrendered to child services.
While living in Maine with foster parents Agatha C. and Robert Armstead, Rowell, then eight, began ballet lessons. She became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, an African-American Greek-Lettered Sorority. After dancing with the American Ballet Theatre II and the Juilliard School of Music Dance Extension program with Antony Tudor, Rowell accepted guest artist teaching posts in New England.
In the 1980s, Rowell became an in-demand runway and catalog model. She began to take acting lessons and earned featured roles on television shows such as The Cosby Show. In 1990, she was cast as street urchin-turned-fashion model Drucilla Barber on the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless. Rowell became a fan favorite and was nominated for three Daytime Emmy awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She won 11 NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of Drucilla. Rowell’s first run as Drucilla was from 1990 to 1998. She briefly returned in 2000, then returned on a regular basis from 2002 until early 2007.
It was announced in November 2011 that Rowell has a signed a contract deal to return to The Young and the Restless beginning on February 9. It was mentioned that after months, Rowell and Maria Arena Bell, Y&R Head writer finally agreed to a deal, despite Sony Pictures suggest to have the role recast. It has been said my Y&R producers that Drucilla’s return will “please fans, as well as cause tension between Sofia, Neil, Lily, and her family and friends and many questions that were unanswered, will be answered.” Rowel is set to return to the show in early 2012.
Rowell’s first marriage was to Tom Fahey in 1989. They had a daughter, Maya, and divorced the following year. Rowell had a long-term relationship with musician Wynton Marsalis; and they had a son, Jasper (Jasper played Rowell’s son CJ on Diagnosis: Murder starting with season 3). In May 2008, Rowell announced her engagement to Radcliffe Bailey, an Atlanta artist, at her annual High Tea at Noon fundraiser. Victoria and Radcliffe married on June 27, 2009, in Dublin, New Hampshire.
In 1990, Rowell founded the “Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan”, which gives emotional support and financial aid to foster children, especially to those who aspire to become actors and dancers – the road Rowell took. In 2004, she was a special guest on the talk show Dr. Phil, in which she gave an emancipated foster child a chance at a job with Sony, dental care, and a scholarship from her foundation.
Work with foster children
In May 2006, Rowell was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Southern Maine in recognition of her work for the benefit of foster children. In 2007, Rowell published a memoir of her life that focused on her time in foster care. Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, Rowell discusses all of the foster mothers who cared for her and for her sisters. She also pays tribute to the women in a documentary film, The Mentor, that she participated in. Rowell says that she began writing the book when Y&R turned down her offer to write for the show. She began a national book tour in April 2007.
In March 2008, Victoria was the first recipient of the Gift of Adoption Celebration of Adoption Award, an award given to individuals or groups who are helping to unite children with forever families.
|1987||Leonard Part 6||Joan Parker|
|1988||As the World Turns||Nella Franklin (created by Douglas Marland; hired by Laurence Caso)|
|1989–1990||The Cosby Show||Paula||2 Episodes|
|1990||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Mimi Mumford||1 Episode|
|1992||The Distinguished Gentleman||Celia Kirby|
|1991–1993||Hermans Head||Susan Bracken||2 Episodes|
|1994||Dumb and Dumber||Beth Jordan|
|1995||Deadly Games||Courtney Lake||1 Episode|
|1996||Barb Wire||Cora D|
|1997||Eve’s Bayou||Stevie Hobbs|
|1999||A Wake in Providence||Alissa|
|1993–2001||Diagnosis: Murder||Amanda Bentley-Livingston||176 Episodes|
|2001||Family Law||Ms. Wilkes||1 Episode|
|2001||Feast of All Saints||Josette Metoyer|
|2002||A Town Without Pity||Dr. Amanda Bentley||TV movie based on the series Diagnosis: Murder|
|2003||Without Warning||Dr. Amanda Bentley||TV movie based on the series Diagnosis: Murder|
|2003||Black Listed||Patricia Chambers|
|2005||A Perfect Fit||Sheila|
|2006||Noah’s Arc||Vonda||2 Episodes|
|2006||Home of the Brave||Penelope Marsh|
|2007||Polly and Marie||Rebecca McCaw|
|2007||All of Us||Deborah Cooper||1 Episode|
|1990–2007||The Young and the Restless||Drucilla Winters||455 Episodes|
|2008||Of Boys and Men||Aunt Janay|
|2010||Ghost Whisperer||Adrienne||1 Episode|
- The Leslie Taylor Show (TV series)
- 2010 The Mo’Nique Show (TV series)
- 2010 The Wendy Williams Show (TV series)
- 2008 Tavis Smiley (TV series)
- 2007 The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (TV series)
- 2007 The View (TV series)
- 2006 The Tyra Banks Show (TV series)
- 2003-2004 The Wayne Brady Show (TV series)
- 1999 Hollywood Squares (TV series)
- 1998 Late Show with David Letterman (TV series)
- 1993 Family Feud
- ^ IMDB profile
- ^ Her mother was white and her father was black.
- ^ a b Victoria Rowell Biography (1960?-)
- ^ a b Role Models, Boston Globe, May 5, 2007
- ^ DiagnosisMurder.co.uk | Victoria Rowell
- ^ Victoria Rowell Tells Why She Quit The Young and the Restless: “Even Iron Bends”
- ^ B&B News
- ^ Feb 2, 2007 | Rowell Asks to Be Released From Y&R | SoapCentral.com
- ^ a b c “Y&R’s Rowell: The Real Reason I Quit”. Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-27. pp. 2–3.
- ^ Victoria Rowell with her two children.
- ^ CELEBRATING FOSTER CHILDREN: High-achievers credit nurturing foster parents
- ^ Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan
 External links
- Official website
- Victoria Rowell at the Internet Movie Database
- Victoria Rowell endorsed Petition (J.Donta-Genoacityfan)
- Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan
- Gift of Adoption Fund
- TheLoop21.com’s interview with Victoria Rowell
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