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Sheryl Lee Ralph

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Actress, Singer & Producer

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Biography

From bringing characters to life on screen, performing on Broadway, producing, landing the title of national bestselling author with her literary debut and her deep-rooted philanthropic endeavors which touch lives across the world, Tony® Award nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph has become a staple in the entertainment industry with an acclaimed career spanning over three decades.

Ralph be seen as Barbara starring on ABC's highly acclaimed comedy series "Abbott Elementary" opposite Quinta Brunson. In this laugh-out-loud workplace comedy, "Abbott Elementary" follows a group of teachers brought together in a Philadelphia public school simply because they love teaching. They rely on one another to make it through the day and find a way to counteract the school district's indifferent attitude toward educating children. Ralph shines as Barbara, a longtime and respected teacher. "Abbott Elementary" premiered in January 2022.

In film, Ralph will reprise her scene-stealing role as Claudette opposite Jon Voight and Leiv Schreiber in Showtime's upcoming feature "Ray Donovan" (2022). The critically acclaimed, award-winning series ran from 2013-2020, and the film will pick up where season seven left off. Additional credits for Ralph include starring in over 100 episodes of "Moesha" opposite GRAMMY® Award winner Brandy, a lead role opposite Tia Mowry in three seasons of Nickelodeon's hit series "Instant Mom," and appearances on "Barbershop," "ER," "It's a Living," "New Attitude," "George," "Designing Women," "Two Broke Girls," "Smash," "Criminal Minds," "MacGyver," "One Mississippi" and "Claws." Ralph is currently recurring as President Kelly Wade on Freeform's supernatural drama series "Motherland."

On the big screen, Ralph has worked with some of Hollywood's leading and award-winning men with credits that include "The Mighty Quinn" opposite Denzel Washington, "Mistress" with Robert de Niro, "To Sleep with Anger" with Danny Glover and "The Distinguished Gentlemen" with Eddie Murphy. She also appeared opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act II." Ralph picked up a win for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in "To Sleep with Anger."

Finding success in writing and directing, Ralph's award-winning short film "Secrets," co-starring award-winning actress Alfre Woodard and Robin Givens, was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime's Filmmaker Award Series and the BET Filmmaker Award Competition. The film was also selected as the audience favorite at the Outfest Film Festival. "Secrets" was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the Hollywood Film Festival, the Acapulco Film Festival and the Urban World Film Festival. Ralph is also the creator of the Jamerican Film and Music Festival. Most recently, Ralph completed four back-to-back movies: "Just Getting Started" opposite Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo; "Christmas at Holly Lodge" for Hallmark; Netflix's "Step Sisters" with Naturi Naughton and produced by Lena Waithe; and "No Sleep Til Christmas" for Freeform.

In theater, Ralph is well known for her award-winning work, creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical "Dreamgirls," which earned her Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Ralph most recently appeared on Broadway as Madame Horrible in "Wicked," becoming the first African American actress to take on the classic role. She also holds the title of producer on Broadway's "Thoughts of a Colored Man" at The John Golden Theatre (October 2021-March 2022). Additional Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and reuniting with Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday for a sold-out, one-night-only "Dreamgirls" reunion celebrating the 35th anniversary.

As a writer, Ralph's debut book, "Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl" (Simon & Schuster), instantly became a national bestselling title and gave readers a personal look into her triumphs and tribulations over the years, navigating life with courage, wit and strength.

While working in front of the camera keeps Ralph busy, she is also a passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist. She is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C)3 which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. She also created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country. Ralph was awarded the first Red Ribbon Award at the UN for her unique use of the arts in HIV/AIDS activism and was recently appointed as an AIDS Ambassador for Jamaica's Ministry of Health. Ralph is a mother of two with a blended family of four, and loves every moment of motherhood and marriage. She is happily married to State Senator Vincent Hughes of Pennsylvania.

Videos
Books
Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl

Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl

Speaking Topics
  • Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur & More: It's a Woman's World

  • Misunderstood: Diversity!

  • Let Your Life Light Shine

  • Some Folks Never Quit: A Conversation with Sheryl Lee Ralph

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sheryl Lee Ralph for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sheryl Lee Ralph, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sheryl Lee Ralph or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Sheryl Lee Ralph?

    Booking fees for Sheryl Lee Ralph, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sheryl Lee Ralph, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Sheryl Lee Ralph?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sheryl Lee Ralph for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sheryl Lee Ralph for your next private or corporate function.
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Sheryl Lee Ralph Biography

From bringing characters to life on screen, performing on Broadway, producing, landing the title of national bestselling author with her literary debut and her deep-rooted philanthropic endeavors which touch lives across the world, Tony® Award nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph has become a staple in the entertainment industry with an acclaimed career spanning over three decades.

Ralph be seen as Barbara starring on ABC's highly acclaimed comedy series "Abbott Elementary" opposite Quinta Brunson. In this laugh-out-loud workplace comedy, "Abbott Elementary" follows a group of teachers brought together in a Philadelphia public school simply because they love teaching. They rely on one another to make it through the day and find a way to counteract the school district's indifferent attitude toward educating children. Ralph shines as Barbara, a longtime and respected teacher. "Abbott Elementary" premiered in January 2022.

In film, Ralph will reprise her scene-stealing role as Claudette opposite Jon Voight and Leiv Schreiber in Showtime's upcoming feature "Ray Donovan" (2022). The critically acclaimed, award-winning series ran from 2013-2020, and the film will pick up where season seven left off. Additional credits for Ralph include starring in over 100 episodes of "Moesha" opposite GRAMMY® Award winner Brandy, a lead role opposite Tia Mowry in three seasons of Nickelodeon's hit series "Instant Mom," and appearances on "Barbershop," "ER," "It's a Living," "New Attitude," "George," "Designing Women," "Two Broke Girls," "Smash," "Criminal Minds," "MacGyver," "One Mississippi" and "Claws." Ralph is currently recurring as President Kelly Wade on Freeform's supernatural drama series "Motherland."

On the big screen, Ralph has worked with some of Hollywood's leading and award-winning men with credits that include "The Mighty Quinn" opposite Denzel Washington, "Mistress" with Robert de Niro, "To Sleep with Anger" with Danny Glover and "The Distinguished Gentlemen" with Eddie Murphy. She also appeared opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act II." Ralph picked up a win for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in "To Sleep with Anger."

Finding success in writing and directing, Ralph's award-winning short film "Secrets," co-starring award-winning actress Alfre Woodard and Robin Givens, was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime's Filmmaker Award Series and the BET Filmmaker Award Competition. The film was also selected as the audience favorite at the Outfest Film Festival. "Secrets" was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the Hollywood Film Festival, the Acapulco Film Festival and the Urban World Film Festival. Ralph is also the creator of the Jamerican Film and Music Festival. Most recently, Ralph completed four back-to-back movies: "Just Getting Started" opposite Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo; "Christmas at Holly Lodge" for Hallmark; Netflix's "Step Sisters" with Naturi Naughton and produced by Lena Waithe; and "No Sleep Til Christmas" for Freeform.

In theater, Ralph is well known for her award-winning work, creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical "Dreamgirls," which earned her Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Ralph most recently appeared on Broadway as Madame Horrible in "Wicked," becoming the first African American actress to take on the classic role. She also holds the title of producer on Broadway's "Thoughts of a Colored Man" at The John Golden Theatre (October 2021-March 2022). Additional Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and reuniting with Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday for a sold-out, one-night-only "Dreamgirls" reunion celebrating the 35th anniversary.

As a writer, Ralph's debut book, "Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl" (Simon & Schuster), instantly became a national bestselling title and gave readers a personal look into her triumphs and tribulations over the years, navigating life with courage, wit and strength.

While working in front of the camera keeps Ralph busy, she is also a passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist. She is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C)3 which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. She also created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country. Ralph was awarded the first Red Ribbon Award at the UN for her unique use of the arts in HIV/AIDS activism and was recently appointed as an AIDS Ambassador for Jamaica's Ministry of Health. Ralph is a mother of two with a blended family of four, and loves every moment of motherhood and marriage. She is happily married to State Senator Vincent Hughes of Pennsylvania.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Videos

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph Shares Where She Drew Inspiration for Role in ...
    Mar 4, 2022 ... The actress tells “The View” about the rejection she faced after her “Dreamgirls” success and praises Quinta Brunson for the...
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph Explains What It Means to Be Elegant - YouTube
    Mar 3, 2022 ... Sheryl Lee Ralph talks about how her mother raised her and how kindness makes you elegant.#SherylLeeRalph #LWKR #KellyandRyan...
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph is 'Just Getting Started'
    Sheryl Lee Ralph talks "DIVAS Simply Singing!", staying fit and a “Moesha” reunion.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Books

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Speaking Topics

  • Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur & More: It's a Woman's World

  • Misunderstood: Diversity!

  • Let Your Life Light Shine

  • Some Folks Never Quit: A Conversation with Sheryl Lee Ralph

FAQs on booking Sheryl Lee Ralph

  • How to book Sheryl Lee Ralph?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sheryl Lee Ralph for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sheryl Lee Ralph, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sheryl Lee Ralph or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sheryl Lee Ralph?

    Booking fees for Sheryl Lee Ralph, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sheryl Lee Ralph, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sheryl Lee Ralph?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sheryl Lee Ralph for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sheryl Lee Ralph for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sheryl Lee Ralph or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sheryl Lee Ralph or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sheryl Lee Ralph is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur & More: It's a Woman's World, Misunderstood: Diversity!, Let Your Life Light Shine and Some Folks Never Quit: A Conversation with Sheryl Lee Ralph. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sheryl Lee Ralph for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Sheryl Lee Ralph generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kathy Najimy, Rosie Perez, Rita Moreno, Kal Penn and Marlee Matlin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sheryl Lee Ralph for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Speaker Videos

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph Shares Where She Drew Inspiration for Role in ...
    Mar 4, 2022 ... The actress tells “The View” about the rejection she faced after her “Dreamgirls” success and praises Quinta Brunson for the hit series' ...
    Sheryl Lee Ralph Explains What It Means to Be Elegant - YouTube
    Mar 3, 2022 ... Sheryl Lee Ralph talks about how her mother raised her and how kindness makes you elegant.#SherylLeeRalph #LWKR #KellyandRyan Subscribe: ...
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph is 'Just Getting Started'
    Sheryl Lee Ralph talks "DIVAS Simply Singing!", staying fit and a “Moesha” reunion.
    Call Me Madame: Backstage at WICKED with Sheryl Lee Ralph
    Get Tickets to WICKED http://www.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ WICKED star Sheryl Lee Ralph kicks off her new vlog by chatting with her ...

Sheryl Lee Ralph Speaking Topics

  • Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur & More: It's a Woman's World

  • Misunderstood: Diversity!

  • Let Your Life Light Shine

  • Some Folks Never Quit: A Conversation with Sheryl Lee Ralph

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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