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Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Anika Noni Rose is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring roles in the films 'Dreamgirls' and 'The Princess and the Frog'. Anika was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut. She attended Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in theatre, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.

Anika secured the role of Rusty in Broadway's Footloose. She followed Footloose with numerous workshops and two musicals using pre-existing song catalogs, Eli's Comin' Off-Broadway and Me and Mrs. Jones with Lou Rawls in Philadelphia. Both of the full-scale tuners were rumored for transfers, but neither made it anywhere after their limited engagements ended. 

Rose's big Broadway break was getting cast as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change. In 2004, she was awarded the Theatre World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for "Caroline, or Change". In 2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie 'For Colored Girls'. One critic described Anika's performance as "especially fierce" and played the role of Sara Tidwell in the A&E miniseries 'Bag of Bones' in 2011, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. 

She was named a Disney Legend on August 19, 2011. In 2012, she guest-starred in "Gone Abie Gone", episode 3, season 24 of The Simpsons, voicing Abe Simpson's second wife, Rita LaFleur.

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