ANIKA NONI ROSE (Pauline) is a Tony Award winner who currently
plays the lead in BET's new series "The Quad," starring as Eva Fletcher, the
newly elected President of the fictional college George A&M.
Last year, Rose starred in the History Channel's adaption of "Roots," as Kizzy.
Her performance received a nomination for an NAACP Image Award in the category
of Outstanding Actress. She had a guest arc in the Starz hit series "Power," as
LaVerne Thomas, this past summer. Rose previously starred alongside Denzel
Washington in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." Her outstanding
performance not only earned her numerous rave reviews, but also a Tony Award and
Outer Critics Circle nominations.
On the big screen, Rose starred as Lorell Robinson in "Dreamgirls," which went
on to receive an AFI ensemble award, as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Award nomination for outstanding cast. In addition, the soundtrack received a
Grammy Award nomination. Rose voiced Princess Tiana in "The Princess and The
Frog," featuring the first African-American Disney princess. The film received
three Oscar nominations and Rose became the youngest inductee to ever be honored
as a Disney Legend.
Rose starred as Whoopi Goldberg's daughter in the Lifetime movie "A Day Late and
a Dollar Short," and also starred in the feature film "Half of a Yellow Sun,"
which premiered in theaters last May. Rose's many film credits include "Imperial
Dreams," "For Colored Girls," the comedy feature "Just Add Water," "As Cool as I
Am" and the animated feature "Khumba," lending her voice to the character
On television, Rose starred in the Hallmark special "The Watsons Go to
Birmingham," and appeared on some of the highest rated network shows, including
her re-occurring roles on CBS's "The Good Wife" and ABC's "Private Practice." In
addition, she guest starred on CBS's "Elementary," and on FOX's "The Simpsons,"
voicing Abie's long lost wife. Her other TV credits include the A&E mini-series
"Stephen King's Bag of Bones," opposite Pierce Brosnan; and "The No. 1 Ladies
Detective Agency" for HBO, for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Rose won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in
"Caroline, or Change." She starred in Deborah Allen's Broadway revival of "Cat
On A Hot Tin Roof," opposite James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad. She also
starred in "Footloose," the off-Broadway production of the Laura Nyro musical
"Eli's Comin','" and in Stephen Sondheim's "Company," for the NY Philharmonic
and PBS. Her other stage work includes "Juliet," opposite Orlando Bloom, singing
with Gustavo Dudamel, conducting Tchaikovsky live with the LA Philharmonic.
In addition to winning the Tony Award, Rose has also received The Theater World
Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, a Drama Desk nomination, the Los Angeles
Critics' Circle Award, an Ovation Award and an Obie Award. She has also received
NAACP Image nominations for her work on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit" and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Mitch Albom's Have A Little Faith" on ABC.
Rose has sung all over the world, including at the 79th Annual Academy Awards,
concerts in London's West End with Jason Robert Brown, the Vatican, the Kennedy
Center and Carnegie Hall. She made her solo cabaret debut in New York as part of
Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series, followed by a concert at the Broad
Stage in Los Angeles and appearances at the legendary Venetian Room in San
Francisco. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the American Lung Association
and has lobbied on Capitol Hill on their behalf, and started The Cora Lee
Bentley Radcliffe memorial Fund, to assist mentally challenged children. She
received her MFA from American Conservatory Theater and holds an honorary
doctorate from Florida A&M University.
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