Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph, then a future singer and actress, was born on 30th December in the year 1956. She drew the first breath in Waterbury, Connecticut in the family of Stanley and Ivy Ralph. Her parents worked as a college professor and a fashion designed respectively. The mother of Sheryl Lee Ralph had Afro-Jamaican roots, while her father was of an African-American descent. Even though the future actress was born in Connecticut, she spent her childhood mostly in Jamaica’s Mandeville and Long Island.


This section of her biography began with the Uniondale High School, a school in the suburbs of New York, which Sheryl Lee Ralph attended. When she studied at the school, she already starred if a school musical. Before graduating from the school in 1972, she could already enjoy the title of the Miss Black Teen-age New York. Later, she graduated from the Rutgers University at the age of 19, and so she was the youngest woman who graduated from that university. While studying there, she won a scholarship from the KCACTF, and this was a decisive happening that prompted her to go for the career of an artist, not a medic as she previously wanted.

Career Experience

As soon as Sheryl Lee Ralph started her career in acting, she achieved an enormous success. In 1982, she was a star in the musical “Dreamgirls” for which she was nominated for a Tony Award as a Best Actress. Two years later, she released her first and the only album under the title “In the Evening” (1984). The album’s song under the same name was in the top part of the charts. In 1988, Sheryl Lee Ralph starred for the “Oliver & Company” movie, produced by Disney. A year later, she got an offer to play her first leading role in “The Mighty Quinn” (1989). In 1992, she played one of the main roles in collaboration with Robert De Niro.

The career of Sheryl Lee Ralph was especially successful in the 1990s when she played mostly main roles in more than 10 movies. Later, she appeared in various TV series, such as the “ER”, and in reality TV shows. In 2002, Sheryl Lee Ralph launched a project titled “Baby of the Family.” The actress played with her children in such TV shows like the “Clean House”, “My Super Sweet 16”, and the TV series named “Baldwin Hills.” In 2013, it was announced that the actress would join NBC to appear in the “Smash” TV series. As for now, Sheryl Lee Ralph takes part in mostly TV series and reality TV shows.

Up to date, her net worth is believed to be $ million.

Personal life

Sheryl Lee Ralph celebrated a wedding with Eric Maurice, her first husband, in 1990. She has two children from the marriage with him: a daughter, named Ivy-Victoria Maurice (who was born in 1995), and a son, named Etienne Maurice (who was born in 1992). In 2001, however, the couple decided to divorce. In 2005, Sheryl Lee Ralph married Vincent Hughes, a Senator in Pennsylvania State.


Sheryl Lee Ralph featured in over 60 movies, TV series, and TV shows. During the last time, the actress has starred in the following TV series: “2 Broke Girls” (2014), “One Love” (2014), “Ray Donovan” (2013-2014), “See Dad Run” (2014), “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” (2014), and “Instant Mom” (2013 -2015).

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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