Sheryl Lee Ralph Biography
Sheryl Lee Ralph is an American actress and singer of Jamaican descent who made her screen debut in A Piece of the Action, the 1977 comedy film. Further, she began her career in 1977 and has served for more than 4 and a half decades.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Age
Lee was born on December 30, 1956, in Waterbury, Connecticut, United States. She is 66 years old as of 2022.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Height
Lee stands at an approximate height of 5 feet and 7 inches.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Parents and Siblings
Lee was born to Stanley Ralph and Ivy Ralph O.D. Her father served as a college professor while her mom serves as a fashion designer who created the Kariba suit. Additionally, they have sons named Michael Ralph, Stanley Ralph, and Tim Ralph. Michael serves as an actor and comedian. Michael was born in 1963 and is 59 years old as of 2022. They raised her between Mandeville, Jamaica, and Long Island. Unfortunately, her father passed away in 2012 as a result of prostate cancer.
Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Husband
Lee exchanged vows with her husband, Vincent J. Hughes on July 30th, 2005. As of 2022, they celebrated their 17th anniversary. Hughes serves as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who represents the 7th District since 1994. From 1987 to 1994, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 190th District. Born on October 26th, 1956, he is 66 years old as of 2022. The couple raised 4 kids; two from her prior relationship and two from her husband’s prior relationship.
Prior to Hughes, she tied the knot with Eric Maurice in 1990. He served as a French businessman. Before their 2001 divorce, they had a son, Etienne, and a daughter, Ivy Victoria Maurice.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Kids
Lee raised 4 kids with her husband; two from her prior relationship(Etienne and Ivy Victoria Maurice ) and two from her husband’s prior relationship. Etienne was born on November 16th, 1991 while Ivy was born on December 23rd, 1994. They are aged 31 and 28 respectively as of 2022.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Net Worth
Lee has an approximate net worth of $5 million which she has earned through her successful career as an actress and singer.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Education
Lee finished her education at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York, in 1971 and attended Rutgers University. During her college stint, she finished her studies, became a graduate, and thus attained her degree at age 19. Further, she served as the youngest woman to ever graduate from the institution. Additionally, she served as one of the earliest winners of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships granted by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Glamour magazine dubbed her one of the top ten college women in America.
While in high school, she starred Oklahoma! in the role of Ado Annie. In early 1972, she attained Miss Black Teenage New York. Initially, she wanted to pursue medicine but changed to performing arts after dealing with corpses in a pre-med class. Also, she attained a scholarship in a competition at the American College Theater Festival. For class 2002, she served as the commencement speaker at Rutgers.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Career
Lee is an actress and singer who made her screen debut in A Piece of the Action, the 1977 comedy film. Further, she began her career in 1977 and has served for more than 4 and a half decades. Further, she served as the initial Black woman to secure the award in 35 years. Additionally, she has made appearances in various films during her career. Alongside Denzel Washington, she starred n the film The Mighty Quinn (1989). Moreover, she starred in the 1990 comedy-drama film, To Sleep with Anger.
In 1991, she gained the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in the film. Furthermore, she starred in the 1992 films, The Distinguished Gentleman and Mistress. Also, she has made appearances in the syndicated television sitcom, It’s a Living (1986–1989), the short-lived ABC sitcom, New Attitude (1990), the Nick at Nite sitcom, and Instant Mom (2013–2015). In 2016, she starred as Madame Morrible in the 2003 Broadway musical, Wicked. Through her role as Dee Mitchell, in the UPN sitcom Moesha (1996–2001), she attained five nominations for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Moreover, she voices Grace Holloway in the 2010 game, BioShock 2.
Sheryl Lee Ralph-Dreamgirls
In 1981, Lee portrayed Deena Jones in the film, Dreamgirls. After her performance, she attained a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical nomination in 1982. She starred alongside other actors and actresses including; Jennifer Holliday(Effie Melody White), Loretta Devine(Lorrell Robinson), Ben Harney(Curtis Taylor Jr.), Obba Babatundé(C.C. White), Cleavant Derricks(James “Thunder” Early) among others.
Sheryl Lee Ralph-Abbott Elementary
In 2022, Lee joined the cast of Quinta Brunson’s, Abbott Elementary. In the film, Lee stars in the role of an old-school kindergarten teacher whom Janine looks up to, Barbara Howard. For her performance, she attained the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Hence, making her the second Black actress to clinch in the category succeeding Jackée Harry.
Sheryl Lee Ralph-Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
In 1993, Lee played the role of Florence Watson in the film, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. She played the mother of Rita Louise Watson (Lauryn Hill) who was one of the characters in the movie. She starred alongside other actors and actresses including; Whoopi Goldberg (Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence), Kathy Najimy (Sister Mary Patrick), Wendy Makkena (Sister Mary Robert), Mary Wickes (Sister Mary Lazarus), Lauryn Hill (Rita Louise Watson) among others.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Super Bowl LVII(2023)
On Sunday, February 12, 2023, Lee will serve Super Bowl LVII as a singer during pregame performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Additionally, Kevin Harlan will serve as the play-by-play alongside Mike Golic and Laura Okmin as the sideline reporters and Kurt Warner as an analyst on the radio in the U.S. for Westwood One. Also, Carl Cheffers will serve as the lead referee. Further, Mike Pereira will serve as the rule analyst for Super Bowl LVII where the kickoff time is 4:30 p.m. MST (UTC-7) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Further, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will serve as the sideline reporters. This will serve as the initial time Super Bowl assignment for Fox’s broadcast team of Greg Olsen and Kevin Burkhardt after Joe Buck and Troy Aikman departed for ABC/ESPN and Monday Night Football. Additionally, it serves as the final game to be covered under the current NFL television contract.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Emmy Speech
During the 2022 Emmy awards, Lee won her initial Emmy award. She won in the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” for her role in Abbott Elementary. Additionally, she commented that anyone who had a dream and doesn’t believe in it, should see her and see what believing looks like.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Other Movies and TV Shows
During her career, Lee has served in a number of films and Tv shows such as;
- Oliver & Company(1988)
- Skin Deep(1989)
- To Sleep with Anger(1990)
- The Flintstones(1994)
- Justice League(2002)
- Christmas in Compton(2012)
- Instant Mom(2013-2015)
- Step Sisters(2018)
- How We Roll(2022)
Sheryl Lee Ralph Twitter
Lee is active on his Twitter account with a following that surpasses 308.3K.