After dancing professionally with companies including the American Ballet Theater II, Ballet Hispanico of New York, and Julliard School of Music and Dance, just to name a few, Victoria Rowell launched her acting career through a reoccurring role on “The Cosby Show” as Paula. Rowell is most known, however, for her signature role on CBS’ highest-rated daytime drama, “The Young & the Restless” as Drucilla Winters. During her 17-year stint as Drucilla, she earned three Daytime Emmy nominations, and 11 NAACP Image Awards.
Rowell has also appeared on the silver screen alongside Hollywood’s award-winning actors including Beau Bridges, Jim Carrey, Dick Van Dyke, Mario Van Peoples, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Samuel L. Jackson.
Having spent 18 years in foster care, Rowell became a passionate voice for children like herself. In 1990, she founded the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP), which enriches foster children through artistic and athletic expression.
She has been featured on various news programs and talk television shows, including CNN, CBN and BET as well as guest appearances on “The View,” the “Today Show,” the “CBS Morning Show,” the “Dr. Phil Show” and the “Montel Williams Show” for her work on foster care. She has also shared her story with millions of readers of People, Glamour, Essence, Jet, and Black Enterprise magazines – just to name a few.
As an actress, advocate, mother, former foster-care child, and now a bestselling author, in 2007, Victoria Rowell went on a national whistle-stop book tour for the release of her memoir, “The Women Who Raised Me.” The memoir received The African American Literary Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations in the literary category, and she walked away with a statuette for Outstanding Literary Work/Debut Author. “The Women Who Raised Me,” is a New York Times Extended Bestseller. It also landed on the bestsellers list of the Boston Globe and Essence magazine.
In conjunction with the release of her memoir, Rowell also highlighted these amazing women in her documentary, “The Mentor.”