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Sheryl Lee Ralph      

Actress, Singer & Producer

Sheryl Lee Ralph is an internationally acclaimed motivational and inspirational speaker and an award-winning actress who delivers empowering and thought-provoking keynotes on family, faith, love, and overcoming obstacles. She has spoken at schools, universities, social organizations, churches, and religious conferences around the world.

Ralph showcases her exceptional abilities in feature films, concert halls, the Broadway stage, and on TV. She was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for creating the role of "Deena Jones" in the landmark Broadway musical Dreamgirls. She has also starred in such films as The Distinguished Gentleman with Eddie Murphy, The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington, Mistress with Robert De Niro, and Sister Act 2 with Whoopi Goldberg. Ralph won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in To Sleep with Anger with Danny Glover. She found immense popularity on TV starring in such hits as It's a Living, Designing Women, and Moesha. She broke new ground in the Showtime series Barbershop as the popular post-operative transsexual "Claire." Ralph has been cast in NBC's Smash as Dreamgirl alum Jenifer Hudson's mother and just wrapped GMC's Community Service.

Ralph is an honored AIDS advocate and founder of The Diva Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing critical health challenges of HIV/AIDS through arts and advocacy. She is also a celebrity spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC).

Able to speak passionately and eloquently on a variety of subjects, Ralph also performs her transformational one-woman show, Sometimes I Cry, which is based on real women's stories about health and well being. In the spring of 2013, she will debut her new show, My Soul Cries Out, which presents real women's stories about domestic abuse.

Speech Topics

Some Folks Never Quit: A Conversation with Sheryl Lee Ralph

Let Your Life Light Shine

Misunderstood: Diversity!

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


Sheryl Lee Ralph to hold AIDS benefit at the Dell on Saturday

Actress-singer Sheryl Lee Ralph will host her 25th annual AIDS benefit fundraiser in Philadelphia on Saturday at the Dell Music Center.

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