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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 10, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portland, Maine, USA Profession: actor, dancer, saleswoman (vintage clothing and lighting fixtures)

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Of Boys and Men (2008)
2.
3.
 Perfect Fit, A (2005)
4.
 Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity (2002) Dr Amanda Bentley
5.
 Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (2002) Dr Amanda Bentley
6.
 Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage (2001) Dr Amanda Bentley
7.
 Wake in Providence, A (1999) Alissa
8.
 Eve's Bayou (1997) Stevie Hobbs
9.
 Barb Wire (1996) Cora D
10.
 Dumb & Dumber (1994) Athletic Beauty
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Spent part of her youth as a foster child; raised on a farm
1968:
Began studying ballet at age eight (date approximate)
1975:
Moved to NYC to join the American Ballet Theatre's junior company at age 15 (date approximate)
1987:
Feature film debut in "Leonard Part 6", starring Bill Cosby
1989:
Made first prime time TV appearance on episode of "The Cosby Show" (NBC)
1990:
Played Drucilla Barber on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
1992:
Had first screen lead in "The Distinguished Gentleman"
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Co-starred as Amanda Bentley on "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS)
1994:
TV-movie debut in "Full Eclipse" (HBO)
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Co-hosted "All American Thanksgiving Day Parade" on CBS
1996:
Co-starred in "Dumb and Dumber"
1999:
Appeared in the independent feature "A Wake in Providence"
2002:
Returned to "Young and the Restless" as Drucilla
2006:
Cast in Irwin Winkler's drama "Home of the Brave," about the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the US
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Education

School of American Ballet: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
American Ballet Theatre School: New York , New York -
Dance Theatre of Harlem: New York , New York -

Notes

Rowell received Daytime Emmy nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1995/96. 1996/97 and 1997/98.

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husband:
Tom Fahey. Divorced.
companion:
Wynton Marsalis. Trumpeter. Together from c. 1988 until 1997; father of Rowell's son; won 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
companion:
Chris Spencer. TV host, comedian. Dated in fall 1997.
companion:
Vincent Pagano. Actor. Met during filming of "A Wake in Providence" (1999).
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foster mother:
Agatha C Armstead. Died at age 79.
daughter:
Maya Fahey. Born c. 1990.
son:
Jasper Armstrong Marsalis. Born on December 26, 1995; father Wynton Marsalis.

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