Valarie Pettiford

Actress + Singer
Born Jul 8, 1960

Valarie Pettiford is an American stage and television actress, dancer, and jazz singer. She received a Tony nomination for her role in the broadway production Fosse. She is also known for her role as "Big Dee Dee" Thorne on the UPN sitcom Half & Half.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Valarie Pettiford.


1960 Birth Born on July 8, 1960.


1983 22 Years Old Pettiford began her career as a dancer and choreographer in Bob Fosse productions on Broadway. Alvin Klein of the New York Times wrote of her role in the 1983 musical revue Ladies and Gentlemen, Jerome Kern! that "You will not for a moment take your eyes off Valarie Pettiford, the show's standout: a sinewy dancer who can be sultry or sweet, measure for measure, as prescribed. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old Leah Frank, also in the NYT, wrote of Pettiford's appearance in West Side Story in 1987: "The mainstay of the supporting cast is Valarie Pettiford, whose Anita is spicy, sensual and full of fire. … Read More


1991 31 Years Old …  They got engaged in 1991.
1994 34 Years Old In 1994, she played black lesbian Cassandra Keefer in The Naked Truth, and from 1995 to 1996 starred as Julie in a touring production of Show Boat.
1998 38 Years Old Pettiford received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical and a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for her role in the Broadway production Fosse from 1998 to 1999. … Read More
1999 39 Years Old She left Fosse to appear as Velma Kelly in Chicago in the West End in London from August 1999 to February 2000, alongside Chita Rivera as Roxie Hart.


2001 41 Years Old …  She starred as Mariah Carey's mother in the 2001 film Glitter, had a part in Stomp the Yard in 2007, and played Aunt Geneva in the 2011 film, Jumping the Broom. … Read More
2002 42 Years Old Her Half & Half role from 2002-6 as Big Dee Dee Thorne gained her three NAACP Image Award nominations.
2005 45 Years Old Pettiford released a jazz album, Hear My Soul, in 2005.
2007 47 Years Old In 2007 Pettiford won the Backstage Bistro Award for her cabaret debut at the Metropolitan Room, and won an NAACP Theatre Award for her lead role in The Wild Party.
2008 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, she starred in a solo show, Valarie Pettiford - Thankful that played in New York and Los Angeles.
2009 49 Years Old In 2009, she starred in the solo show Valarie Pettiford - The Concert in Manhattan.
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