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Sheryl Lee Ralph has an impressive career that spans nearly five decades. Still, while the veteran actress has been an icon in the culture for generations, it’s taken Hollywood a minute to catch up. Ralph’s illustrious career includes features in Broadway’s first Dreamgirls in the 80s, a starring role in the hit sitcom Moesha in the 90s, roles in the animated classic The Proud Family in the 2000s, and most recently, on Quinta Brunson’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary.
The show has shattered records, and while Brunson’s meteoric rise to the top has been inspiring to watch, the accolades it’s brought Ralph is even more moving. In 2022, Ralph earned her first Emmy award for her role as Ms. Barbara Howard on Abbott Elementary, making history as only the second Black woman to win Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The show has brought renewed attention to her magnificent body of work. Ralph was awarded with the Order of Jamaica, the country’s highest honor, and is set to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame as a member of the Class of 2024.
Recently, Ralph joined Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of “The Life You Want” series with Oprah Daily. Set to air this week; Ralph got emotional as she talked about her journey with Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson and the importance of Black women championing one another in their endeavors.
Check out the clip below and watch “The Life You Want Class: A Conversation with Oprah and Sheryl Lee Ralph” on Wednesday, January 24th at 4 PM EST on OprahDaily.com.
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Cover photo: Watch Sheryl Lee Ralph Give Quinta Brunson Her Flowers in Emotional Moment With Oprah/Sheryl Lee Ralph & Quinta Brunson, Governors Gala, 2022/Photo by Invision/Associated Press/Television Academy