Redefining Diva by Sheryl Lee Ralph
Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl

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Secrets about love, life, and Hollywood from the Tony Award-winning actress from the Broadway production of Dreamgirls —in the role recently made famous by Beyonce—timed to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the original Broadway show.

Sheryl Lee Ralph was the original Deena Jones in Broadway’s production of Dreamgirls and the show was a Broadway sensation from its inception. Now, the star of film, television, and Broadway, known for her talent and fearlessness, shows readers how to find—and own—their inner divas.

Sheryl rose to international fame after her performance in Dreamgirls, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress and going on to star in movies with Denzel Washington and Robert DeNiro and capture America’s heart as television’s favorite mom Die in the #1-rated series Moesha . But it wasn’t an easy task. From her legendary catfight with Diana Ross to her controversial exit from Moesha, Sheryl Lee Ralph is a woman who does not fade in the background—and she reveals how and why she has remained in the spotlight for decades.

Sheryl is a hip, modern Miss Manners who inspires women with her wit, strength, and call-it-like-it-is courage. Using her own experiences as a guide—and dishing the truth behind all the rumors—Sheryl reveals her rules for living. This is Divahood A-Z—from the practical to the spiritual, featuring advice on everything from relationships to fashion to success in the business world. So, the next time someone calls you a diva, you’ll just smile and say “Thank you!”

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Original DREAMGIRL, Sheryl Lee Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage.Her award winning body of work includes creating and originating the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musical Dreamgirls, which earned her both a Tony and Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress. On television, Sheryl Lee has starred in It's a Living, her own series New Attitude, the George Foreman series George and in the hit comedy Designing Women. She was also voted one of TV's Favorite Moms for her portrayal of step mom Dee on the number-one rated television series Moesha. Her extensive film credits include Sister Act II with Whoopi Goldberg, The Flintstones with Rosie O'Donell, The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington, Mistress with Robert De Niro, and Eddie Murphy's Distinguished Gentleman. Sheryl Lee's performance with Danny Glover in To Sleep with Anger won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Mother of two, Sheryl Lee Ralph loves every moment of raising her children. Recently married to State Senator Vincent Hughes of Pennsylvania in what Entertainment Tonight called, "The most elegant and romantic wedding of the summer!" she acknowledges that love is the greatest gift to be given and shared.
Published March 13, 2012 by Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Actress Ralph embraces the label Diva (“Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed”), and encourages others to discover its meaning and to eschew the media’s image of an overbearing celebrity.

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Actress Ralph, self-described diva, offers advice to future divas, stressing the word “Diva” as a positive role model: “My kind of Diva is woman enough to love herself to the core of her being.” In Hollywood, Ralph was directed by Sidney Poitier, filmed with Bill Cosby, and won parts on G...

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Ralph’s book is a refreshing look at a young woman — specifically an African American woman — trying to break into show business and still maintain a sense of dignity.

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By Priscilla Johnson • Jul 7th, 2012 • Category: Book Review 2012 • Email This Post • Print This Post Sheryl Lee Ralph, Broadway actress and television personality, takes time out from her schedule to pen, Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl.

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Author Sheryl Lee Ralph doesn’t know the answer.

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