Victoria Rowell

Actor, Dancer, Saleswoman (vintage clothing and lighting fixtures)
A highly attractive, black actress who spent much of the 1990s doing double duty on CBS--in daytime as Drucilla Barber Winters on "The Young and the Restless" and in primetime as pathologist Dr Amanda Bentley on ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1959 in Portland, Maine, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

The Young and the Restless 1972 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let's Stay Together 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Single Ladies 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Of Boys and Men 2008 (Movie)

Aunt Janay (Actor)

All of Us 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home of the Brave 2006 (Movie)

Penelope Marsh (Actor)

The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Fit 2005 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

A Wake in Providence 2005 (Movie)

Alissa (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Herman's Head 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Motives 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Pads 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tournament of Roses Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tournament of Roses Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Take This Heart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Hugo 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

Stevie Hobbs (Actor)

Gourmet Getaways With Robin Leach 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Orange Bowl Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Barb Wire 1996 (Movie)

Cora D (Actor)

Deadly Games 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Soap Break (12/30/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstar American Gladiators 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

Athletic Beauty (Actor)

Coming Up Roses 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Celia Kirby (Actor)

Fifteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full Eclipse (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Sins of the Father (TV Show)

Actor

The Feast of All Saints (TV Show)

Actor
Art Department (2)

Gross Misconduct 1993 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Hunting 1992 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Biography

A highly attractive, black actress who spent much of the 1990s doing double duty on CBS--in daytime as Drucilla Barber Winters on "The Young and the Restless" and in primetime as pathologist Dr Amanda Bentley on "Diagnosis Murder". Victoria Rowell was nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for during her years (1990-98) on "The Young and the Restless" but is probably recognizable to an entirely different audience as Eddie Murphy's lobbyist love interest in the 1992 feature film "The Distinguished Gentleman". Born in Portland, Maine, she spent much of her youth as a foster child. At age 15, she joined the American Ballet Theatre's junior company but eventually gravitated to acting. A protege of Bill Cosby, Rowell made her film debut in "Leonard, Part VI" (1987) and than several appearances on "The Cosby Show" (NBC). She went on to hone her thespian skills in recurring roles on NYC-based daytime dramas like "One Life to Live" (ABC) and "As the World Turns" (CBS) before heading to L.A. to join "The Young and the Restless". Within three years, Rowell was cast in the primetime series as well, juggling both with motherhood. CBS supported the actress and also tapped her for showcase assignments like hosting "All American Thanksgiving Day Parade" in both 1995 and 1996 and the "Orange Bowl Parade" in 1996. She added TV-movies to her credits, appearing alongside Mario Van Peebles in "Full Eclipse" (HBO, 1993), fighting a force turning cops into werewolves, and played a special prosecutor investigating a murder in the family of a law enforcer in "Secret Sins of the Father" (NBC, 1994). Rowell had one of her most sensuous roles as a woman who feigns illness to lure a philandering doctor to her bedside in "Dr. Hugo", a short directed by Kasi Lemmons, which has often appeared on the Lifetime Channel packaged with other short films directed by women. Rowell also co-starred in the feature film "Dumb and Dumber" (1994) as the athletic beauty to tussles with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and in "Barb Wire" (1996) as a futurist rebel.

Relationships

Agatha Armstead

Foster Parent
died at age 79

Maya Fahey

Daughter
born c. 1990

Tom Fahey

Husband
divorced

Wynton Marsalis

Companion
together from c. 1988 until 1997 father of Rowell's son won 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Jasper Marsalis

Son
born on December 26, 1995 father Wynton Marsalis

Vincent Pagano

Companion
met during filming of "A Wake in Providence" (1999)

Chris Spencer

Companion
dated in fall 1997

EDUCATION

Dance Theatre of Harlem

New York , New York

School of American Ballet

Cambridge , Massachusetts
began studying at age eight

American Ballet Theatre School

New York , New York

Milestones

2006

Cast in Irwin Winkler's drama "Home of the Brave," about the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the US

2002

Returned to "Young and the Restless" as Drucilla

1999

Appeared in the independent feature "A Wake in Providence"

1996

Co-starred in "Dumb and Dumber"

1994

TV-movie debut in "Full Eclipse" (HBO)

1992

Had first screen lead in "The Distinguished Gentleman"

1990

Played Drucilla Barber on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)

1989

Made first prime time TV appearance on episode of "The Cosby Show" (NBC)

1987

Feature film debut in "Leonard Part 6", starring Bill Cosby

1975

Moved to NYC to join the American Ballet Theatre's junior company at age 15 (date approximate)

1968

Began studying ballet at age eight (date approximate)

Co-starred as Amanda Bentley on "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS)

Spent part of her youth as a foster child; raised on a farm

Co-hosted "All American Thanksgiving Day Parade" on CBS

Bonus Trivia

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Rowell received Daytime Emmy nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1995/96. 1996/97 and 1997/98.

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