- 1 Where is actress Victoria Rowell now?
- 2 Who is Victoria Rowell?
- 3 Early Life and Education
- 4 Career Beginnings
- 5 Rise to Prominence and “The Young and the Restless”
- 6 The 1990s and “Diagnosis Murder”
- 7 The 2000s
- 8 The 2010s
- 9 Recent Years
- 10 Books
- 11 Victoria Rowell Net Worth
- 12 Personal Life
- 13 Charity Work
- 14 Appearance and Vital Statistics
- 15 Social Media Presence
Where is actress Victoria Rowell now?
Award-winning actress Victoria Rowell has been active member of the entertainment industry for more than three decades, and has starred in more than 50 TV and film titles. She recently completed three film titles – “Black Kids White Mama”, “Revival!” and “Way Out Of Bounds”, which will be released in late 2018, and will no doubt increase her popularity further. Moreover, she is currently starring as Kitty Barringer in the UMC soap-opera “The Rich & The Ruthless”.
Who is Victoria Rowell?
Victoria Lynn Rowell was born on the 10th May 1959 ,in Portland, Maine USA, of African, American and English ancestry. As an actress she is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Drucilla Barber Winters in the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young And The Restless” (1990-2007), and from playing Dr. Amanda Bentley-Livingston in the CBS primetime series “Diagnosis Murder” (1993-2001).
Early Life and Education
When it comes to speak about her early life, Victoria had a very difficult childhood, as she was raised for several years by her mother, Dorothy Rowell, who suffered from schizophrenia, while her father, whose name is unknown, left them alone. She eventually started living with foster parents, Robert and Agatha Armstead, At the age of eight she began taking ballet lessons, and later joined the American Ballet Theater II, and attended the Juilliard School of Music Dance Extension program. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.
Prior to becoming a professional actress, Victoria pursued a career not only as a ballet dancer, but also as a catwalk and catalog model during the 1980s. She made her debut film appearance in 1987, in the role of Joan Parker in the comedy film “Leonard Part 6”, next to Bill Cosby, after which she guest-starred in such TV series as “As The World Turns”, “The Cosby Show” and “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”.
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— Victoria Rowell (@victoriarowell) August 12, 2018
Rise to Prominence and “The Young and the Restless”
Victoria’s rise to prominence came in 1990, when she was chosen to portray street ballet dancer Drucilla Barber Winters in the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young And The Restless”, actually until 2007, increasing enormously her popularity as well as her net worth. Her portrayal of Drucilla earned her 11 NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series category, as well as three nominations for Daytime Emmy Awards (1996, 1997 and 1998).
— Victoria Rowell (@victoriarowell) October 2, 2018
The 1990s and “Diagnosis Murder”
Concurrently with filming “The Young And The Restless”, Victoria continued to work on other projects. She starred in the role of Celia Kirby in the 1992 comedy crime movie “The Distinguished Gentleman” alongside Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and played Anna Dire in the TV sci-fi horror “Full Eclipse” (1993). Between 1993 and 2001, she was cast as Dr. Amanda Bentley-Livingston in the CBS primetime series “Diagnosis Murder” with Dick van Dyke, adding a considerable amount to her net worth. In 1994, she featured as Yolanda Seeley in the TV drama entitled “Secret Sins Of The Father”, and as Beth Jordan in the comedy “Dumb And Dumber” next to Jim Carrey. Her next major role came two years later, when she played Cora D in the action film “Barb Wire”, along with Pamela Anderson, which was followed by her portrayals of Stevie Hobbs in the 1997 drama “Eve’s Bayou” and Alissa in the comedy film entitled “A Wake In Providence” (1999).
The 2000sAt the very beginning of the 2000s, Victoria was cast as Josette Metoyer in the TV drama-romance “The Feast Of All Saints” (2001), after which she reprised the role of Dr. Amanda Bentley-Livingston in the TV film “Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity”, and its sequel entitled “Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning”, both in 2002. During the next two years she featured in two short films – “Black Listed” and “Motives” – which were followed by her portrayal of Sheila in Ron Brown’s crime-drama “A Perfect Fit” in 2005. In the next year, Victoria landed the role of Penelope Marsh in the drama film “Home Of The Brave”, next to Samuel L. Jackson, and was then cast as Rebecca McCaw in the TV film “Polly And Marie” (2007). By the end of the decade, she had also featured as Aunt Janay in the drama “Of Boys And Men” in 2008.
Victoria started the next decade with recurring roles as Veronica in the VH1 comedy-drama series “Single Ladies” (2012), and as Judge Delilah Hawkins in the NBC crime drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2013-2014). Afterwards came her next major roles, when she portrayed Stephanie in the TV film “Marry Me For Christmas” (2013), which she later reprised in its sequels – “Marry Us For Christmas” (2014), “A Baby For Christmas” (2015) and “Merry Christmas, Baby” (2016) – all of which increased further her net worth. Concurrently, she filmed the 2014 drama “I Love You” playing Barbara Mutch, and the drama film “Soul Ties”, portraying Maybelle, in 2015.
To speak further about her acting career, Veronica was selected to play Kitty Barringer in the UMC soap-opera “The Rich & The Ruthless” (2017-2018), on which she also worked as an executive producer and director, and landed the role of Aunt Jo in the romance “Water In A Broken Glass” in 2018. It is also announced that she will appear in the upcoming film titles – “Black Kids White Mama”, “Revival!” and “Way Out Of Bounds”, so her net worth will surely be increased in the forthcoming years.
Apart from her career as a professional actress, Victoria Rowell also became recognized as a writer. Her first book, the memoir entitled “The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir” was released in 2007, then three years later, she released the novel “Secrets Of A Soap Opera Diva: A Novel”, followed by “The Young And The Ruthless: Back In The Bubbles” in 2013, increasing her net worth by a large margin.
Thank you to Debra Lee for hosting such a fabulous booksigning at BET last night!
Victoria Rowell Net Worth
Victoria’s career started in 1987, and she has been an active member of the entertainment industry ever since. So, if you ever wondered how rich Victoria Rowell is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $2 million, accumulated through her successful career, including from the sales of her books.
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— Victoria Rowell (@victoriarowell) March 27, 2018
Regarding her personal life, Victoria Rowell has been married twice. Her first husband was Tom Fahey (1989-1990), with whom she has a daughter named Maya. Between 1990 and 1997, she was in a relationship with musician Wynton Marsalis, with whom she welcomed her second child, a son named Jasper. After that, she married artist Radcliffe Bailey in 2009, but the couple divorced in 2014. Her current residence is in Los Angeles, California.
As we already mentioned, Victoria was raised as a foster child, so she decided to established her own foundation in 1990, called the Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan, which provides help to foster children. Due to that, she was honored with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Southern Maine in 2006, and was rewarded with the Gift of Adoption Celebration of Adoption Award in 2008.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Speaking about her appearance, Victoria is apparently a beautiful woman with long black colored hair and dark brown eyes. Although she is in her late 50s, she still has an attractive body with a height of 5ft 7ins (1.70m) and weight which is reputed to be around 134lbs (61kgs), while her vital statistics are 36-25-37.
Social Media Presence
In addition to her involvement in the entertainment industry, Victoria is an active member across many of the most popular social media sites, which she uses to promote her upcoming projects. She runs her official Instagram and Twitter accounts, on which she has more than 64,000 followers.