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Anika Noni Rose

Published November 3, 2010

Most recently Anika Noni Rose starred as the voice of ‘Princess Tiana’ in Disney’s THE PRINCESS & THE FROG.  A self-motivated young woman with a big dream, Tiana is a new and special kind of Disney Princess, and has led THE PRINCESS & THE FROG to three Oscar® nominations, including Best Animated feature and Best Songs (“Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans”).

Rose made her first trip to Africa with THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, portraying secretary ‘Mma. Makutsi.’  Shot entirely on location in Botswana, it was director Anthony Minghella’s last project and aired on HBO and the BBC. It also received the prestigious Peabody Award this year. Following the Peabody Awards, Anika presented at this year’s Obie Awards in New York.

A Tony Award winner, Anika trained at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.  Shortly after moving to New York, she transitioned to the Broadway stage with a featured role in Footloose.  She later garnered an Obie Award with Off-Broadway’s Laura Nyro retrospective Eli’s Comin’, and earned  a Lucille Lortel award for her portrayal of ‘Emmie Thibodeaux’ in Tony Kushner’s Caroline or Change, which went from The Public Theater to Broadway in the spring of 2004.   For this, she also received a Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical, The Theater World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, and a Drama Desk nomination.  Anika went with the play to the west coast where she picked up The Los Angeles Critcs’ Circle Award and an Ovation Award.

Her next stop was the big screen playing ‘Lorrell Robinson’ in Bill Condon’s DREAMGIRLS.  The movie received an AFI ensemble award, and was nominated for a SAG award. Anika herself received a nomination for an NAACP award and both the soundtrack and the song “Patience” were nominated for Oscars®.

From there, it was back to Broadway where Anika starred as ‘Maggie,’ in Deborah Allen’s acclaimed production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Anika has sung all over the world, including “The 79th Annual Academy Awards” and The Vatican. She also recently received an honorary PhD. from Florida A&M University. Anika is currently involved in the re-working of the classic musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Michael Mayer, and recently finished starring in Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. (ForColoredGirlsMovie.com, 2010)

Written by BET-Staff

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