Respected actress, singer and producer Sheryl Lee Ralph stars as Dee Mitchell, a dedicated educator adapting to the new role of wife and stepmother, in UPN's popular comedy series "Moesha."
After receiving critical acclaim for her Tony award nominated performance as Deena Jones, a role she created in Michael Bennett's landmark musical "Dreamgirls," Ralph turned her attentions to television and film. On television, she has starred in "It's a Living"; "New Attitude"; George Foreman's series "George"; and the hit comedy "Designing Women" in which she starred as Anthony's wife, a former Las Vegas showgirl.
Her extensive feature film credits include "Sister Act II"; "The Flintstones"; "The Mighty Quinn" with Denzel Washington; "Mistress" with Robert DeNiro; "The Distinguished Gentleman" with Eddie Murphy; and "To Sleep With Anger" with Danny Glover, for which she won the 1991 "Independent Spirit Award" as Best Supporting Actress. She can also be seen in "White Man's Burden," starring John Travolta and Harry Belafonte, "Bogus," with Whoopi Goldberg and Gérard Depardieu and "Witchhunt," in which she shares top billing with Dennis Hopper and Penelope Ann Miller.
As a producer, Ralph has found great success with the highly acclaimed "Divas Simply Singing," an evening of song and entertainment which she created in 1991. Featuring some of the most talented female entertainers in film, stage, TV and music, the event has become one of the most important AIDS fundraisers in Hollywood.
Ralph has also completed her first full-length feature screenplay, "Kiss the Sky," a romantic adventure in which she collaborated with critically acclaimed writer Ralph Farquhar.
Raised between Long Island, New York, and Jamaica, Ralph originally planned to become a doctor until she encountered a cadaver in a pre-med course and quickly changed her mind. After switching to an English literature major with a minor in theater arts, she found her true calling. At age 19, she became the youngest female graduate of Rutgers University and was named one of the Top Ten College Women in America by Glamour magazine.
Of all the roles she has played, Ralph considers her greatest to be wife to husband Eric and mother to son Etienne and daughter, Ivy-Victoria.
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