graced the stage in other Broadway productions before
stepping into Lorrell's sexy shoes in Dreamgirls.
explaining, "This is until my home renovation allows it
the place of honor that I'd like it to have." Dreamgirls'
Motown-inspired soundtrack was also nominated for a
Colored Girls, voiced Disney princess "Tiana" in the
animated feature The Princess and the Frog, and had a
recurring role in the hit CBS legal drama, The Good Wife,
which films in Manhattan.
and thrilling and unpredictable. Film can take you places
you've never been and lives so far past you."
rituals--which obviously worked in her favor over the
whatever mood I'm looking for (or just makes me happy),
and I meditate before each show," she says.
to Bountiful, adding, "which I loved!"
nostalgic for her hometown roots) was a revelation. I was
moved. I love her in a way that's hard to even express,"
gushes Rose, who "sees theatre as much as possible."
the TV movie The Watsons Go To Birmingham, which is
based on Christopher Paul Curtis' award-winning book of
the same name and follows an all-American family on their
road trip from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama,
in the midst of the civil rights movement.
with current Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell and her
completely relatable family with a mother and father
who are working with each other as a unit as they raise
their children," says Rose. "The movie carries a history
doesn't `beat you over the head' with a cudgel."
America, and it is told with necessary depth, but also with
levity and joy. I do hope that people are moved by the
some good scripts" and working with philanthrophic
my grandmother's name, called The Cora Lee Bentley
Radcliffe Memorial Fund. It can be reached through
the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, in Hartford,
Connecticut," she explains. "I am also a spokesperson for
the American Lung Association. I suffer from asthma, and
it is a disease that is rapidly increasing, but doesn't have
to, or need to, be."
up everything that New York City has to offer (besides
Broadway, of course).
named Tiffany who works at Bliss, who is pure magic! I
also am a great fan of Sphatika skincare products and their
New York spa," she says, adding, "In New York, I can stroll
through the park, and I love to ride bikes on the river. I
recently discovered 16handles fro-yo, which gives me joy!"
bookstores are treasures for me."
booties for long flights!"), but certainly keeps The Big
Apple close to her heart.
opportunities to immerse yourself in culture; you can
eat your way around the world in New York," she says. "I
deeply miss the walking and the motion of the city when
I am gone; and I think New York during the Christmas
season is unparalleled."