Soap Dish: Victoria Rowell

She's exudes style, has class and is always picture perfect. Find out why we can't get enough of actress Victoria Rowell.
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 09, 2010

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Actress, mother, advocate and published author; there’s not much that the stellar Victoria Rowell hasn’t accomplished throughout the years.

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Highly educated, Rowell has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Southern Main and Wheelock College in Boston. She also serves on the Advisory Council at Princeton University for African American studies.

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Rowell pairs a funky purple hat and leopard print handbag with a ladylike top and skirt at the Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Los Angeles. No stranger to hard work, this actress also makes time to give back and has partnered with the Magic Johnson Foundation, and the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, just to name a few.

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Rowell’s extensive silver screen experience includes roles in features such as “The Distinguished Gentlemen” with Eddie Murphy and “Eve’s Bayou” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Diahann Carroll. Here, she looks stunning in a long, white gown at the premiere of the film “Home of the Brave” in Beverly Hills, California.

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Rowell wore this blue strapless frock emblazoned with pictures of President Obama last year on the red carpet of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in L.A. Not afraid to use her celebrity status to bring awareness to important issues, Rowell once received the United Nations Association Award for her humanitarian work.

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With her New York Times best selling novel
“The Women Who Raised Me” in tow, Rowell accepts her NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work/Debut Author. Rowell’s memoir is a rousing tribute to all of the amazing women who cared for her when her birth mother could not. “I was never meant to be raised by one mother, but many,” she said about the novel.

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Here, Rowell showcases her memoir “The Women Who Raised Me” at a Barnes and Noble in Clifton, New Jersey. The memoir has received several accolades, including The African American Literary Award. She also released a documentary, “The Mentor” in conjunction with the release of her memoir.

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Twice nominated for a Daytime Emmy, here Rowell strikes a pose on the red carpet at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. For years, Rowell played the feisty Drucilla Winters on CBS’s highly-rated daytime series, “The Young and the Restless.”

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With her ravishing red lips, Rowell exudes grace and poise on the red carpet of the Elevate Hope Foundation Circle of Passion Benefit West Hollywood. Her perfect posture can be attributed to her extensive dance background, which she began at the age of eight when she studied at the Cambridge School of Ballet. Rowell later flourished as a dancer and later garnered scholarships to both the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater by the age of 16.

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Rowell poses with her statuette at The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards in a fitted white sheath dress. Having spent 18 years in foster care, Rowell is a passionate voice for children such as herself and founded the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan in 1990. Known as RFCPP, this organization enriches foster children through artistic and athletic expression.

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Rowell flaunts a fun headpiece at Artists for a New South Africa’s 20th anniversary celebration “Jabulani” in Los Angeles. After dancing, Rowell did a brief modeling stint. Her first big television role was on “The Cosby Show” as Paula, the biological mother of Olivia Kendall, portrayed by Raven-Simone.

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