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Net Worth$5 million dollars
Date Of BirthDecember 30, 1956
SpouseVincent Hughes, Eric Maurice
FactShe was the first woman to graduate from Rutgers College at the age of 19. She missed her graduation to get a Skippy Peanut Butter commercial. She did get to wear a cap and gown on May 2, 2003 as the Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2003.

Sheryl Lee Ralph (born December 30, 1956) is an American actress, singer, and activist. She made her film debut in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle, and went on to appear in such films as The Wiz (1978), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), and Dreamgirls (2006). On television, Ralph starred as Deena Jones in the NBC musical drama series Dream Street (1989–1990), and as Moesha Mitchell in the UPN sitcom Moesha (1996–2001). She has also had recurring roles on such shows as It’s a Living (1985–1989), Instant Star (2004–2006), and Ray Donovan (2013–2014).

Ralph was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of Ivy, a fashion designer, and Stanley Ralph, a businessman. She has two older sisters, Donna and Diane. Ralph was raised in New York City, and attended the High School of Performing Arts. She later studied drama at the Yale School of Drama.

Ralph’s film debut came in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle. She subsequently appeared in such films as The Wiz (1978), Greased Lightning (1977), and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). She also had a leading role in the short-lived ABC sitcom Baby, I’m Back (1978).

In 1989, Ralph began starring as Deena Jones in the NBC musical drama series Dream Street. The series was short-lived, airing for only one season. However, Ralph’s performance earned her a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

From 1996 to 2001, Ralph starred as Moesha Mitchell in the UPN sitcom Moesha. The show was a ratings success, lasting for six seasons. During her time on the show, Ralph earned two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

In 2006, Ralph appeared in the film Dreamgirls, portraying Effie White. The film was a critical and commercial success, and earned Ralph a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Ralph has also had recurring roles on such television shows as It’s a Living (1985–1989), Instant Star (2004–2006), and Ray Donovan (2013–2014).

In addition to her acting career, Ralph is also a singer and activist. In 1992, she released her debut album, In the Evening. The album peaked at number fifty-seven on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2010, she released her second album, Iconic: Message 4 America.

Ralph is an active philanthropist, and has been involved with such organizations as UNICEF, amfAR, and The Actors Fund. In 2016, she was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the American Black Film Festival.

Ralph has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Brian Gibson from 1983 to 1992; the couple had one child together. Her second marriage is to Vincent Hughes; the couple wed in 1999 and have two children together.

General Info

Full NameSheryl Lee Ralph
Net Worth$5 million dollars
Date Of BirthDecember 30, 1956
Height5 ft 7 in
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Activist, Voice Actor, Film director, Singer
EducationRutgers University


SpouseVincent Hughes, Eric Maurice
ChildrenEtienne Maurice, Ivy-Victoria Maurice
SiblingsMichael Ralph


AwardsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
NominationsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
MoviesThe Distinguished Gentleman, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, The Mighty Quinn, Oliver & Company, To Sleep with Anger, A Piece of the Action, Bogus, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, Deterrence, Blessed & Cursed, Christmas in Compton, The Jennie Project, White Man's Burden, Witch Hunt, Mistress, Per...
TV ShowsInstant Mom, Moesha, George, Designing Women, New Attitude, It's a Living, Code Name: Foxfire

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1Theater is in my blood. When I began as an actress, you weren't really acting unless you were doing theater.


1Daughter of Ivy Ralph.
2Married Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles on July 30, 2005.
3Nominated for Broadway's 1982 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Dreamgirls."
4Was originally considered for a potential spin-off of the 1970s television series Wonder Woman (1975) but the project never made it past the green-light phase. Her ties to the show continued though as, 25 years later, she portrays Wonder Woman's nemesis "The Cheetah" in the animated Justice League (2001) series.
5July 2004: Inducted as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the 47th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
6Sister of Michael Ralph, Stanley Ralph, and Tim Ralph.
7Played "Muzzy van Hossmere" in the original cast of the Broadway production "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2002 Tony winner for Best New Musical). While in the stage show, Muzzy is a black character, in the film she was white, played by Carol Channing.
8"Dreamgirls" is considered by many as a loosely-based account of the meteroic rise of the 1960s super girl-group The Supremes. Sheryl's Deena Jones' character closely follows the path taken by Diana Ross.
9She was the first woman to graduate from Rutgers College at the age of 19. She missed her graduation to get a Skippy Peanut Butter commercial. She did get to wear a cap and gown on May 2, 2003 as the Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2003.
10Ex-husband, Eric Maurice, was an art collector. They have two children: son Etienne Maurice, born in 1992, and daughter Ivy Maurice, born in 1995.
11Is half Jamaican.
12Filing 1 million dollar lawsuit against The National Enquirer for libel and invasion of property [June 2000]
131973 Miss Black Teen-Age New York
14Named Best College Actress in 1974.
15Studied medicine at Rutgers University.
16She appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
17Nominated (1982) for Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
18One of the original Dreamgirls on Broadway.




Villa Capri2017post-production
Crushed2016TV Movie completedBella Black
Cooking4LuvannouncedMrs. Taylor (rumored)
Criminal Minds2016TV SeriesHayden Montgomery
Instant Mom2013-2015TV SeriesMaggie Turner
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn2014TV SeriesMs. Dumont
See Dad Run2014TV SeriesVanessa
Ray Donovan2013-2014TV SeriesClaudette
One Love2014TV SeriesCarolyn Winters
2 Broke Girls2014TV SeriesGenét
Smash2013TV SeriesCynthia Moore
JD Lawrence's Community Service2013TV Mini-SeriesCarolyn
He Knows My Heart2012ShortFirst Lady Jameson
Christmas in Compton2012Abuta
Young Justice2011TV SeriesAmanda Waller
Blessed and Cursed2010Lady Wright
The Cost of Heaven2010Paulette
Zevo-32010TV SeriesGrams
Pastor Jones: The Complete First Season2010VideoMother Kelly
BioShock 22010Video GameGrace Holloway (voice)
Hannah Montana2008TV SeriesClarice Johnson
Exes & Ohs2007TV SeriesReverand Ruby
Frankie D2007Mama
Odicie2007TV MovieAunt Amy
ER2006TV SeriesGloria Gallant
7th Heaven2006TV SeriesNurse
Barbershop2005TV SeriesClaire
Kink in My Hair2004TV MovieNovelette
Justice League2002-2004TV SeriesCheetah Barbara Ann Minerva Teacher
Las Vegas2003TV SeriesJanet Ellis
Whoopi2003TV SeriesFlorence
Static Shock2002-2003TV SeriesTrina Jessup
Baby of the Family2002Mamie
The Proud Family2002TV SeriesDiana / Aunt Dee
The Jennie Project2001TV MovieDr. Pamela Prentiss
Moesha1996-2001TV SeriesDee Mitchell
The District2000-2001TV SeriesLt. Dee Banks
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000Nurse
Recess2000TV SeriesMrs. Lasalle
The Parkers1999TV SeriesDee Mitchell
Deterrence1999Gayle Redford
Unconditional Love1999Linda Cray
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1999TV SeriesZsa Zsa Goowhiggie
The Wild Thornberrys1998TV SeriesLioness #2
The Easter Story Keepers1998VideoRisa (voice)
Jamaica Beat1997Sylvia Jones
Bogus1996Ruth Clark
Lover's Knot1995Charlotte
White Man's Burden1995Roberta
Street Gear1995TV SeriesSarah Davis
Witch Hunt1994TV MovieHypolyta Kropotkin
The Flintstones1994Mrs. Pyrite
George1993-1994TV SeriesMaggie Foster
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit1993Florence Watson
No Child of Mine1993TV MovieMarjorie Duncan
Designing Women1992-1993TV SeriesEtienne Toussaint Bouvier Etienne Toussant Bouvier
The Distinguished Gentleman1992Miss Loretta
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw1991TV MovieMiss Rosalee
Falcon Crest1990TV SeriesMooshy Tucker
New Attitude1990TV SeriesVicki St. James
To Sleep with Anger1990Linda
It's a Living1986-1989TV SeriesGinger St. James
Skin Deep1989Receptionist
The Mighty Quinn1989Lola Quinn
Oliver & Company1988Rita (voice)
Amazing Stories1987TV SeriesShow Singer
L.A. Law1987TV SeriesRenee Quintana
Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies1987TV MovieCorelle
Pros & Cons1986TV MovieRoberta
Hunter1986TV SeriesJosie Clifford
Code Name: Foxfire1985TV SeriesMaggie Bryan
V1984TV SeriesGlenna
The Neighborhood1982TV MovieDoris Campbell
The Jeffersons1979TV SeriesJeanie
Wonder Woman1979TV SeriesBobbie
Good Times1978TV SeriesVanessa Blake
The Krofft Comedy Hour1978TV MovieVarious Characters
Husbands, Wives & Lovers1978TV SeriesJoelle
A.E.S. Hudson Street1978TV SeriesNurse
Black Sheep Squadron1978TV SeriesElizabeth
A Piece of the Action1977Barbara Hanley
Search for Tomorrow1951TV SeriesLaura McCarthy (1983-1984)


So You Think You Can Dance Canada2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Mighty Quinn1989performer: " I'M HURTING INSIDE", "THE MIGHTY QUINN"
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV Special performer: "Dreamgirls", "One Night Only"
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV Special performer: "It's All Over", "Love Love Me Baby"


Hideous2014Short executive producer
Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie2012Documentary co-producer
Blessed and Cursed2010executive producer
Secrets1998Short producer


The Parkers2001TV Series 1 episode
Race Card2000Short


Race Card2000Short

Music Department

New Attitude1990TV Series singer - 1 episode


Salvation Road2010/IShort special thanks


Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
Show People with Paul Wontorek2016TV SeriesHerself
The 365Black Awards2016TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Being2016TV Mini-SeriesHerself
One on One with Jasper Cole2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHerself
The Real2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself
Unsung2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Teens Wanna Know2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Beverly Hills Royal2015TV Series documentary
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
RuPaul's Drag Race2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
Life After2013TV SeriesHerself
Marie2013TV Series documentary
Broadway Bash2013TV SeriesHerself
Melissa Harris-Perry2012TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2009-2012TV SeriesHerself
Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie2012DocumentaryNarrator
Celebrity Wife Swap2012TV SeriesHerself
Top 10 Weddings of 20112011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV MovieHerself
Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash2011TV MovieHerself
Running Russell Simmons2010TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin2010TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Brian McKnight Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Inside2010TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2010TV Series documentaryHerself
50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration2009TV MovieHerself
The Girl Who Cries Blood2009TV MovieHerself / Narrator
CNN Presents: Black in America 22009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Standing-n-Truth: Breaking the Silence2009DocumentaryHerself
Beverly Hills Groomer2009TV SeriesHerself
24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
11-04-08: The Day of Change2009TV MovieHerself
16th Annual Trumpet Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Flavor of Love2008TV SeriesHerself
Baisden After Dark2008TV SeriesHerself
My Super Sweet 162008TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2005-2007TV SeriesHerself
Parallel Paths2007TV SeriesHerself (2007)
Angels Can't Help But Laugh2007DocumentaryHerself
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry Later2006TV MovieHerself
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesHerself / Guest
Real Life Divas2006TV Series documentaryHerself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHerself
E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHerself
E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops2004TV Special documentaryHerself
101 Reasons the 90's Ruled2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHerself
42nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration2001TV MovieHerself
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Hollywood Squares1999-2001TV SeriesHerself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Acapulco Black Film Festival2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Architects of the Village2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Roseanne Show2000TV SeriesHerself
Politically Incorrect1999TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show1997-1999TV SeriesHerself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1998TV SeriesHerself
Wild On...1997TV SeriesHerself - Founder - Jamaican Film & Music Festival
Oddville, MTV1997TV SeriesHerself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1996TV SeriesHerself
It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Soul Train1996TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest Host
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Children of Africa1993TV SpecialHerself
The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1987-1992TV SeriesHerself
The 13th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHerself - Choir Member
The Pat Sajak Show1990TV SeriesHerself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood1990TV Special documentaryHost
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1988-1989TV SeriesHerself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHerself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHerself
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

RuPaul's Drag Race2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge


Won Awards

2014LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalLupe Ontiveros Image Award
1991Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleTo Sleep with Anger (1990)

Nominated Awards

2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha (1996)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Supporting ActressDeterrence (1999)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha (1996)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha (1996)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha (1996)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMoesha (1996)

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