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Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell portrays the warm and classy pathologist, Dr. Amanda Bentley, in Diagnosis Murder. Playing opposite Dick Van Dyke, the gifted actress brings warmth and female allure to the medical-detective capers. On screen, Victoria's scenes flow with an effortless elegance, grace and sense of pacing.

The beautiful, highly energetic, intelligent actress Victoria Rowell has received two Daytime Emmy Nominations and numerous NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for The Young and the Restless.

The gifted beauty has also won a Soap Opera Digest award for best scene-stealer for her work in Y & R. Younger fans have seen her on MTV in Boyz II Men's On Bended Knee. As a top model, she enhanced the pages of the fashion world from Seventeen to Mademoiselle before breaking into television commercials. Bill Cosby discovered Victoria and was instrumental in assisting Rowell to launch her acting career. Her television debut was on his acclaimed NBC series, The Cosby Show, where she appeared in a recurring role. She made her film debut in Leonard Part VI, which starred Mr. Cosby.

Rowell was cast in roles on daytime soaps including One Life to Live and As The World Turns before landing the the role of the attractive Drucilla Barber/Winters on the The Young and the Restless in 1990. It was the role that popularized her in the public eye.

Her attitude is completely inspirational. Victoria appeared on the number one daytime soap for eight years and concurrently shot the primetime series (Diagnosis Murder) when the opportunity presented itself. Impressive in any business, but especially when the shooting days are long!

Among her talents is a flair for comedy. Among her many credits she's appeared in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, opposite Jim Carrey in the in the film Dumb and Dumber and with Eddie Murphy in Distinguished Gentleman.

On the independent film festival circuit, Ms. Rowell appears in a jazz film, The Last Set, and AIDS awareness film, One Red Rose and Secrets directed by Sheryl Lee Ralph. She's worked with director Kasi Lemmons in a short film titled, Dr. Hugo which aired on Showtime, and the acclaimed Eve's Bayou. Her determination, self discipline and love of the arts has had as much to do with her self-made success as her talent. Victoria was a foster child in Maine. She earned a scholarship to Cambridge School of Ballet. The doors of two of the cultural world's most prestigious ballet training academies opened to her in Manhattan. Victoria studied at the American Ballet Theater and the School of the American Ballet on scholarship.

Ms. Rowell also danced in the junior corps of ABT and with the Ballet Hispanico of New York. She worked in exchange programs with Julliard and Twyla Tharp and as a guest artist teacher before transitioning to modeling and an acting career. Once successful, Victoria Rowell established the Rowell Foster Children's Fine Arts Scholarship Fund and the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan. Rowell has stated, "The arts saved me life and now I'm using the arts to help save other people's lives. " (Boothbay Register July 8, 1999).

Rowell has convinced Paramount and its parent company, Viacom to hire foster kids to work as production assistants on the sets of films and television shows like Diagnosis Murder. "Her non-profit organization sponsors ballet training and scholarships in classical arts and sports to foster children, especially kids who will leave the system age-out when they reach 18 or graduate high school. " (Boothbay Register) The organization also sends kids to a summer camp and reunites them with their natural siblings for one week of the summer. Rowell also hosts an annual fundraising, entertainment Garden Party which is co-sponsored by AT&T and CBS corporation. She spoke in Washington D.C. to the conference of mayors and has been a spokesperson for Foster Care with Casey Family Services, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the African American Women on Tour. She's also spoken on behalf of the National Council for the Arts.

Victoria took a leave of absence from The Young and the Restless to spend more time with her two children. Having conducted her own search, Victoria has reunited with her five siblings.

No matter how busy her schedule or what may be asked, Victoria brings beauty to the dance of life, on the set and off, not only for herself, but for everyone she reaches.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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Victoria Rowell Facts

OccupationActress
BirthdayMay 10, 1960 (57)
SignTaurus
BirthplacePortland, Maine, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.