Anika Noni Rose
born on 6/9/1972 in Bloomfield, CT, United States
Anika Noni Rose
|Anika Noni Rose|
Rose at the 2010 Academy Awards
|Born||September 6 1972
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring roles in the films Dreamgirls, The Princess and the Frog and For Colored Girls.
Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut. In her freshman year in high school, she appeared in a school production and caught the acting bug. She then attended Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in theatre, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.
Rose moved to New York without a job. After three months, she secured the role of Rusty in Broadway's Footloose. She followed Footloose with numerous workshops and two musicals using pre-existing song catalogs, Eli's Comin' Off-Broadway and Me and Mrs. Jones with Lou Rawls in Philadelphia. Both of the full-scale tuners were rumored for transfers, but neither made it anywhere after their limited engagements ended. Rose's big Broadway break was getting cast as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change. In 2004, she was awarded the Theatre World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change.
After her film debut, King of the Bingo Game, she played the role of Kaya in From Justin to Kelly in 2003 and she performed in Temptation in 2004, followed by Surviving Christmas as a singer in the choir. In 2006, Rose starred in Dreamgirls as Lorrell Robinson with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Rose appeared in the films Just Add Water, Razor, and Disney's 2009 animated feature The Princess and the Frog, as the voice of the lead character Tiana; the character is Disney's first African-American princess. Rose hosted a hometown screening of The Princess and the Frog for children from the Charter Oak Cultural Center, a non-profit multi-cultural arts center that provides free after-school programs in Hartford, Connecticut. Rose also stars alongside Jill Scott in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella.
In 2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie For Colored Girls. One critic described Rose's performance as "especially fierce". She played the role of Sara Tidwell in the A&E miniseries Bag of Bones in 2011, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
Rose was named a Disney Legend on August 19, 2011. In 2012, she guest-starred in "Gone Abie Gone", episode 3, season 24 of The Simpsons, voicing Abe Simpson's second wife, Rita LaFleur. The episode originally aired November 11.
Awards and nominations
- 1998: Dean Goodman Choice Award Valley Song
- 1998: Garland/Drama Logue Award Valley Song
- 1999: S.F. Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award Valley Song and Threepenny Opera
- 2001: OBIE Award Eli's Comin'
- 2004: Clarence Derwent Award Caroline, or Change
- 2004: Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress Caroline, or Change
- 2004: Theatre World Award Caroline, or Change
- 2004: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Caroline, or Change
- 2010: Black Reel Award Best Voice Performance The Princess and the Frog
- 2010: Black Reel Award Best Song (Original or Adapted) "Almost There" The Princess and the Frog
- 2011: Black Reel Award Outstanding Ensemble For Colored Girls
- 2011: Disney Legend Award Animation (voice) The Princess and the Frog
- 2004: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Caroline, or Change
- 2007: Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Dreamgirls
- 2007: Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Dreamgirls
- 2008: Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series/ Television Movie The Starter Wife
- 2008: Grammy Award Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - Dreamgirls
- 2009: Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, Comedy or Television-Movie or Mini-Series - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
- 2010: Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - The Princess and the Frog
- 2010: Black Reel Award- Best Ensemble- The Princess and the Frog
- 2010: Image Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
- 2011: Black Reel Award- Best Ensemble - For Colored Girls
- 2011: Black Reel Award- Best Supporting Actress - For Colored Girls
- 2011: Image Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - For Colored Girls
- 2012: Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
|1998||Valley Song||Veronica Jonkers|
|Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne||His Soul|
|Threepenny Opera||Polly Peachum|
|2001||Carmen Jones [The York Theatre Company]||Cindy Lou|
|Eli's Comin'||The Woman|
|Me and Mrs. Jones||Cookie|
|2003-2004||Caroline, or Change [Eugene O'Neill Theater, Broadway, NYC]||Emmie Thibodeaux|
|2008||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [Broadhurst Theater, Broadway, NYC]||Maggie "The Cat"|
|2014||A Raisin in the Sun||Beneatha Younger|
|1999||King of the Bingo Game||Film Noir Female|
|2000||Leonard Bernstein's Mass at Vatican City||Ensemble|
|2003||From Justin to Kelly||Kaya|
|2006||Dreamgirls||Lorrell Maya Robinson|
|2008||Just Add Water||R'ch'lle|
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||Princess Tiana (voice)|
|2010||For Colored Girls||Yasmine|
|2013||As Cool As I Am||Frances|
|Half of a Yellow Sun||Kainene|
|2014||Imperial Dreams||Miss Price|
|The Blue Mauritius||Makeda|
|2001||100 Centre Street (1 episode)|
|2002||Third Watch (1 episode)||Monay|
|2007||The Starter Wife (miniseries)||Lavender|
|2008-2009||The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency||Grace Makutsi|
|2010-2013||The Good Wife||Wendy Scott-Carr|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 episode)||Miriam Deng|
|Have a Little Faith (movie)||Annette|
|Bag of Bones||Sara Tidwell|
|2012||Private Practice||Corrine Bennett|
|Elementary||Dr. Carrie Dwyer|
|The Simpsons||Rita LaFleur (voice)|
|2013||The Watsons Go to Birmingham (movie)||Wilona Sands Watson|
|Sofia the First||Princess Tiana (Voice)|
|2014||A Day Late and a Dollar Short (movie)||Paris|
|2011||Kinect Disneyland Adventures||Princess Tiana (voice)|
- Rizzo, Frank, Killer Performances ; 'Avenue Q,' 'Wife,' 'Assassins,' Phylicia Rashad Top Winners; 58Th Annual Tony Awards, Hartford Courant, June 7, 2004.
- Gutman, Les."ACurtainUpReview:Eli's Comin'" Curtain Up.com, based on 5/2/01 performance, accessed September 1, 2011
- Rodman, Sarah, Wearing the crown, The Boston Globe, December 6, 2009.
- Kimberly Nordyke, Rose lands 'Agency' role, The Hollywood Reporter, June 25, 2007. URL accessed on June 29, 2007.
- Schwarzbaum, Lisa, For Colored Girls, Entertainment Weekly, November 3, 2010. URL accessed on December 26, 2010.
- Levine, Stuart, Rose lands role in 'Bag of Bones', Variety, August 3, 2011. URL accessed on August 8, 2011.
- "Photo Flash: Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, Paige O'Hara et al. Honored at D23 Expo" BroadwayWorld.com, August 20, 2011
- NAACP Image Awards Winner Include 'The Help,' Stars Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, February 17, 2012. URL accessed on February 17, 2012.
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