With continued success on stage, screen, television and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. A triple threat dreamgirl, Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical, “Dreamgirls,” and earning Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Recently, she returned to Broadway for a 12-month stint in the Tony-award winning musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,&rsquo
With continued success on stage, screen, television and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. A triple threat dreamgirl, Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage.
Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical, “Dreamgirls,” and earning Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Recently, she returned to Broadway for a 12-month stint in the Tony-award winning musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,’ portraying the sassy chanteuse Muzzy Van Hossmere.
Currently, she is touring the one-woman play, “Sometimes I Cry,” a production written and performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph, which explores the lives, loves, and losses of women infected and affected by HIV.
No stranger to television, Sheryl Lee Ralph credits include “It’s a Living,” “Designing Women,” “The District,” and most notably, “Moesha.”
On the big screen, she has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading and award-winning men with film credits.
These credits include: “The Mighty Quinn” with Denzel Washington; “Mistress” with Robert de Niro; “To Sleep With Anger” with Danny Glover and “The Distinguished Gentlemen” with Eddie Murphy. Ralph picked up a win for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in “To Sleep With Anger.”
Finding success in writing and directing, Sheryl’s award-winning short film, “Secrets,” co-starring award-winning actress Alfre Woodard and Robin Givens was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime’s Filmmaker Award Series, and the BET Filmmaker Award Competition. The film was also selected as the audience favorite at the Outfest Film Festival. “Secrets” was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the Hollywood Film Festival, the Acapulco Film Festival and the Urban World Film Festival. Sheryl Lee Ralph is also the creator of the Jamerican Film and Music Festival.
Author, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s first book Redefining DIVA (Simon&Schuster) debuted to rave reviews. Kirkus Reviews says, “A highly enthusiastic memoir by one of the original Broadway Dreamgirls… Actress Ralph embraces the label Diva (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Alive) … Proposing that a real diva is a strong woman who respects herself and others and who promotes positive change. Ralph presents an engrossing story of a woman who challenged Hollywood… Her responses to trying circumstances reveal genuine grace and the ability to move forward with forgiveness.”In Redefining DIVA, Sheryl has taken on her triumphs and tribulations with courage, wit and strength. True to form, her book is much more than a gossip-fest but a hip, modern guide to living. Whether the topic is looking like a knockout, finding love, launching your career or bringing home the bling, Sheryl Lee Ralph has the 411. Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Richard Simmons and Publishers Weekly all say it is a must read!
A popular national speaker, Sheryl Lee consistently creates a contagious positive energy with her spontaneous humor and quick wit, which has made her a much sought-after speaker, guest, guest-host and celebrity expert. She has appeared on: HLN, ShowBiz Tonight, Joan Velez Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, The Daily Show, FOX & Friends, Good Day LA, Good Day NY, CBS Morning News, CNBC Africa, The Martha Stewart Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Michael Baisden Show, Tom Joyner Show. Sheryl has been featured in: People Magazine, JET, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Ebony, ESSENCE, Bazaar, Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Time Magazine, Black Enterprise, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer and hundreds more publications. Sheryl Lee Ralph captivates and motivates audiences around the world.
A passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C)3 which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. She also created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that after 24yearsis the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country. Ms. Ralph has added the critically acclaimed one-woman show Sometimes I Cry, written, directed and performed by Ralph herself, about the lives, loves, and losses of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to her list of outstanding credits. Sometimes I Cry touches the heart leaving audiences around the world deeply moved and encouraged to know their HIV status. Ms. Ralph was awarded the first Red Ribbon Award at the UN for her unique use of the arts in HIV/AIDS activism. Sheryl Lee is the newly appointed AIDS Ambassador for Jamaica’s Ministry of Health.
As a producer, Sheryl Lee found new success with her production company, Island Girl Productions, writing, directing and producing her award-winning film short Secrets. With an all-star cast, that includes Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard, Tina Lifford, Victoria Rowell, La Tanya Richardson, Robin Givens and Ralph herself. Secrets was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime Filmmakers Series, Acapulco Black Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Urban World Film Festival and “Audience Favorite” at Outfest Film Festival. She is also the founding creator of The Jamerican Film & Music Festival, which in five years gave birth to five SHOWTIME Filmmaker Finalists.
Honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Sheryl holds the distinction of being the first and youngest female graduate of Rutgers College (RU) at the age of 19. Named one of the most FIERCE & FABULOUS Women in America by ESSENCE magazine for her HIV/AIDS advocacy, Ms. Ralphhas received her Doctorate in Humane Letters from Tougaloo College and Huston-Tillotson University for her AIDS activism. Rich in creativity and spirit, Sheryl Lee has designed a line of socially conscious T-shirts, RED RIBBON WEAR, Fashionable Philanthropy which offers socially responsible messages in style and beauty at affordable prices available on www.sherylleeralph.com. She scored a top-ten selling dance hit in the mid-eighties with the infectious anthem In the Evening. The video is a You Tube hit with over 250 thousand hits.
Hearing her speak was like a call to action! She made me feel like I could really make a difference if I tried to!- Tomeka, Spelman Student 04
Whenever she speaks about the issue of HIV/AIDS she shows her level of commitment to raising awareness and attention to the devastating impact the disease is having, particularly among communities of color.- Paul Kawata, NMAC Executive Director