Victoria Rowell

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Actress • Dancer

Birth Date: May 10, 1959

Age: 65 years old

Birth Place: Portland, Maine

A highly attractive, black actress who spent much of the 1990s doing double duty on CBS--in daytime as Drucilla Barber Winters on "The Young and the Restless" and in primetime as pathologist Dr Amanda Bentley on "Diagnosis Murder." Victoria Rowell was nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for during her years (1990-98) on "The Young and the Restless" but is probably recognizable to an entirely different audience as Eddie Murphy's lobbyist love interest in the 1992 feature film "The Distinguished Gentleman."

Born in Portland, Maine, she spent much of her youth as a foster child. At age 15, she joined the American Ballet Theatre's junior company but eventually gravitated to acting. A protege of Bill Cosby, Rowell made her film debut in "Leonard, Part VI" (1987) and than several appearances on "The Cosby Show" (NBC). She went on to hone her thespian skills in recurring roles on NYC-based daytime dramas like "One Life to Live" (ABC) and "As the World Turns" (CBS) before heading to L.A. to join "The Young and the Restless." Within three years, Rowell was cast in the primetime series as well, juggling both with motherhood.

CBS supported the actress and also tapped her for showcase assignments like hosting "All American Thanksgiving Day Parade" in both 1995 and 1996 and the "Orange Bowl Parade" in 1996. She added TV-movies to her credits, appearing alongside Mario Van Peebles in "Full Eclipse" (HBO, 1993), fighting a force turning cops into werewolves, and played a special prosecutor investigating a murder in the family of a law enforcer in "Secret Sins of the Father" (NBC, 1994).

Rowell had one of her most sensuous roles as a woman who feigns illness to lure a philandering doctor to her bedside in "Dr. Hugo," a short directed by Kasi Lemmons, which has often appeared on the Lifetime Channel packaged with other short films directed by women. Rowell also co-starred in the feature film "Dumb and Dumber" (1994) as the athletic beauty to tussles with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and in "Barb Wire" (1996) as a futurist rebel.

Credits

Good SamStream

Guest Star
Tina Kingsley
Series
2022
63%

Stranger Next DoorStream

Director
Movie
2022

Catfish ChristmasStream

Director
Movie
2022

Blackjack ChristmasStream

Director
Movie
2022

Blackjack ChristmasStream

Producer
Movie
2022

Blackjack ChristmasStream

Screenwriter
Movie
2022

A Rich Christmas

Director
Movie
2021

The Couch

Director
Show
2020

Trash vs. Treasure

Host
Show
2020

Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta

Actor
Catherine
Movie
2019

Twas the Chaos Before Christmas

Actor
Hazel Mitchell
Movie
2019

Jacqueline and Jilly

Director
Movie
2019

Jacqueline and Jilly

Executive Producer
Movie
2019

Chandler Christmas Getaway

Actor
Stephanie
Movie
2018

Water in a Broken Glass

Actor
Aunt Jo
Movie
2018

Sister Circle

Guest
Talk
2017

STEVE on Watch

Guest
Talk
2017

The Rich and the Ruthless

Actor
Kitty Barringer
Show
2017

The Rich and the Ruthless

Director
Show
2017

Merry Christmas, Baby: Extras

Actor
Show
2016

Greatest Hits

Guest
Series
2016

Merry Christmas, Baby!

Actor
Stephanie
Movie
2016

You Can't Hurry Love

Actor
Joyce
Movie
2016

I Love You

Actor
Movie
2015

I Love You

Screenwriter
Movie
2015

What Love Will Make You Do

Actor
Movie
2015

A Baby for Christmas

Actor
Stephanie
Movie
2015

The Fright Night Files

Actor
Alexa
Movie
2014

Marry Us for Christmas

Actor
Stephanie
Movie
2014

Marry Me for Christmas

Actor
Stephanie
Movie
2013

The Ricki Lake Show

Guest
Talk
2012

Jamaica: The Mystery of the Maroons

Self
Show
2012

The Marilyn Denis Show

Guest
Show
2011

The Wendy Williams Show

Guest
Talk
2008

Of Boys and Men

Actor
Aunt Janay
Movie
2008

Our World With Black Enterprise

Guest
Show
2006

SOAPnet Selects: The Best of '06

Actor
Show
2006

Home of the Brave

Actor
Penelope Marsh
Movie
2006

Ghost WhispererStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

A Perfect Fit

Actor
Movie
2005

Tavis Smiley

Guest
Talk
2004

Motives

Actor
Detective Pierce
Movie
2004

All of UsStream

Guest Star
Series
2003

Black Listed

Actor
Patricia Chambers
Movie
2003

Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity

Actor
Amanda Bentley-Livingston/Dr. Amanda Bentley-Livingston/Amanda Bentley
Movie
2002

Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning

Actor
Dr. Amanda Bentley
Movie
2002

The Feast of All Saints

Actor
Show
2001

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

Guest Star
Judge Delilah Hawkins
Series
1999
78%

A Wake in Providence

Actor
Alissa
Movie
1999

One Red Rose

Actor
Show
1997

Barb Wire

Actor
Cora D
Movie
1996

Deadly Games

Guest Star
Show
1995

Secret Sins of the Father

Actor
Yolanda Seeley
Movie
1994

Dumb and DumberStream

Actor
FBI Special Agent Beth Jordan
Movie
1994

Diagnosis MurderStream

Actor
Amanda Bentley Livingston
Series
1993

Diagnosis MurderStream

Writer
Series
1993

Vanishing Act

Actor
Movie
1993

Caballero Distinguido

Actor
Movie
1992

The Distinguished Gentleman

Actor
Celia Kirby
Movie
1992

The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirStream

Guest Star
Series
1990

Leonard Part 6

Actor
Joan Parker
Movie
1987

The Cosby ShowStream

Guest Star
Series
1984

The Young and the RestlessStream

Actor
Series
1973

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