Valarie Pettiford
Actress, singer
Valarie Pettiford
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.
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Jason Mannino: Andrew Rannells, Kimberly Locke, Alex Newell, Tyne Daly Raise $385k for APLA in the 29th Star Studded S.T.A.G.E Gala
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A constellation of Broadway, television and film stars lit up the stage of the historic Saban Theater in Beverly Hills this past Saturday for the 29th annual S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event) Gala. The event, Broadway My Way raised $385,000.00 for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Billed as the world's longest running AIDS benefit, S.T.A.G.E. is an all-star musical revue, organized in 1984, that has raised more than five million dollars for AIDS service organizations across Southern California. "I started this fundraiser when it was still a gay disease, and we didn't have a name for it," director David Galligan said. Legendary Carole Cook supported this sentiment, saying of her 27 year contribution to S.T.A.G.E., "I have been involved since its inception. When we lost one of our first chorus boys while I was starring in 42nd Street we didn't expect hundreds, and thousands of deaths to follow, and the work still needs to be done, so I am still here." S ...
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'Stars in Shorts' review: mixed results
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
'Stars in Shorts' review: mixed results The best of the longer segments is "Steve," a piece of Pinter light starring Firth as a passive-aggressive neighbor from hell who repeatedly turns up at the door of a bickering couple (Knightley and Tom Mison) to register a series of baseless complaints, which he tops off with an infuriated demand for tea and biscuits. Jay Kamen's "Not Your Time," starring Alexander, may try your patience with its heavy-handed comic take on the shopworn subject of the tribulations of succeeding in Tinseltown, but it boasts cameos by a large number of real-life Hollywood agents and producers, and Valarie Pettiford as a singing and dancing Angel of Death. Rounding out the program, and in general less successful, are: "The Procession," with Tomlin, a comic tale of a mother and son who get lost on the way to the cemetery; and a pair of Neil LaBute offerings - "Sexting" with Stiles and "After School Special" with Wes Bentley and Sarah Paulson - ...
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'The Good Wife' Adds Brian Dennehy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"The Good Wife" guest cast keeps on growing for Season 4. Returning guest player Denis O'Hare took to Twitter to share the latest casting scoop: Brian Dennehy will appear in the upcoming season. Dennehy, whose small screen credits include "Just Shoot Me," "The Fighting Fitzgeralds" and numerous TV movies, is the latest famous face to join the CBS drama for Season 4. Other upcoming guest stars include Kristin Chenoweth, Maura Tierney, Amanda Peet and Nathan Lane. Meanwhile, O'Hare has appeared many times on "The Good Wife" as a liberal judge. "The Good Wife" Season 4 premieres Sun., Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. In other casting news ... Malik Yoba will play Martin Luther King Jr. in Lifetime's "Betty and Coretta." Angela Bassett will play Coretta Scott King in the new TV movie. [Indiewire] Geoff Stults is heading to "Ben and Kate." Beginning with the Tues., Oct. 30 Halloween episode, the "7th Heaven" alum will recur on the new Fox comedy as a single parent a ...
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Broadway Rocks Anaheim to Feature Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, Ace Young ... - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to Jones ("Carousel," "The Music Man," "Elmer Gantry"), Burnham (The Light in the Piazza, Wicked), Young (Grease, Hair) and Thompson (Cabaret, "Back to the Future"), the evening will include Valarie Pettiford (Fosse, Chicago),
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Valarie Pettiford, Shirley Jones, et al. Set for BROADWAY ROCKS ANAHEIM, 11/5 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation (APACF) announced today that it will host an evening of singing and dancing to continue raising money for the capital campaign for the building of a new performing arts center in Anaheim
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Daughtry, State Radio, and Wanda Sykes: Get Your Tickets - Washingtonian.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The opening night show on October 15 will feature Lucie Arnaz, with guest artists Desi Arnaz, JR., Raul Esparza, and Valarie Pettiford. Babalu! salutes Lucille Ball's 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy's television premiere
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Show At Barre In Los Feliz - LA Canyon News
Google News - over 5 years
... Autumn Reeser (Entourage, The OC), Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening), Barret Foa (Avenue Q, NCIS:LA), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In The Heights, The Little Mermaid) Valarie Pettiford (Tony-nominee for Fosse) and Arielle Jacobs (In The Heights),
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Jumping the Broom - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
... the families find difficulty bonding, with Mrs. Taylor furious about her initial exclusion, while Mrs. Watson deals with her husband's possible infidelity and her troublemaker of a sister, Geneva (a wonderful Valarie Pettiford)
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Jumping the Broom Blu-Ray Review - So Hood
Google News - over 5 years
Aunt Geneva (Valarie Pettiford) is the woman with a family secret that gets exposed close to the end. Of course, Willie Earl (Mike Epps) is the brother/Uncle to Jason Taylor. Mike Epps is always funny in his roles. He kept me laughing
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Mark Stuart's Choreography Shines in the Final Summer Broadway Festival at ... - Times Square Chronicles
Google News - over 5 years
Valarie Pettiford steamed up the stage with “Mein Heir' from Cabaret and Fever! and Julie Murney was “Le Jazz Hot.” In a number from Whoopee, “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” Lorin Latarro choreographed 3 moms with their adorable babies
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Jumping the Broom - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
... the families find difficulty bonding, with Mrs. Taylor furious about her initial exclusion, while Mrs. Watson deals with her husband's possible infidelity and her troublemaker of a sister, Geneva (a wonderful Valarie Pettiford)
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All Singin' All Dancin', With Lillias White, Darius de Haas, Carolee Carmello ... - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), two-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (The Addams Family), Drama Desk nominee Julia Murney (The Wild Party, Wicked), Michael Park (How To Succeed…) and Tony nominee Valarie Pettiford (Fosse)
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Danes praznuje: Kevin Bacon - SiOL.net
Google News - over 5 years
Danes praznujejo tudi: Anjelica Huston, Valarie Pettiford, Toby Keith, Michael Weatherly, Milo Ventimiglia, Sophia Bush in Daniella Sarahyba. Če želite komentirati, morate biti prijavljeni v MojSiOL. Javno spodbujanje sovraštva, nasilja ali nestrpnosti
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Short Film Brings Out the Big Guns: Amy Pascal, Joe Roth, Sid Ganis ... - TheWrap
Google News - over 5 years
"Not Your Time" is a short film now making the film-festival rounds; it stars Jason Alexander (left), and also features Kathy Najimy and Broadway star Valarie Pettiford. But the casting that could make the 25-minute musical a must-see in certain
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Film Shorts - FWWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
It's no comic masterpiece, but its solid construction and generosity of spirit make it pleasant enough. Also with Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett, Meagan Good, Mike Epps, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Romeo Miller, Valarie Pettiford, Gary Dourdan,
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Rich mom, Poor mom - Times LIVE
Google News - over 5 years
The first sign of trouble is the arrival of Mrs Watson's estranged sister, Geneva (Valarie Pettiford), and while the bride-to-be welcomes her aunt with open arms, the mother is tight-lipped and curt. There is unfinished business between these sisters,
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Half-Way to the... - San Francisco Bay Times
Google News - over 5 years
Six months ago, our Top 2010 Headliners included Ann Hampton Callaway, Christine Ebersole, Sam Harris, Karen Mason, Janis Paige, Valarie Pettiford & Chita Rivera. Some excellent names fill these ranks. Who will be on the list for Top 2011 Headliners?
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Photo Coverage: Upright Cabaret's 'COWBOYS & ANGELS' sells out La Mirada Theatre - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... Brooks performed by Jersey Boy Erich Bergen, Patsy Cline performed by recording artist Karissa Noel and Loretta Lynn performed by Tony Award-nominee Valarie Pettiford (Fosse, Chicago) under the charismatic Musical Direction of Gerald Sternbach
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Karen Clark Sheard's Amazing ... - Eurweb.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Sheard also graces TD Jakes' Presents Sacred Love Songs 2: Music Inspired By The Movie “Jumping the Broom” (the hit African American family film with a message that stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton, Valarie Pettiford and others)
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La Mirada Presents COWBOYS AND ANGELS June 5 - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
Valarie Pettiford has illuminated stage, screen and television as one of the finest actress/singer/dancers today. Valarie was thrilled to recently complete the feature film "Jumping The Broom" in the role of 'Aunt Geneva' opposite Loretta Devine and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Valarie Pettiford
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, she starred in the solo show Valarie Pettiford - The Concert in Manhattan.
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  • 2008
    Age 47
    From 2008 to 2009, she played Sandra Lucas in the comedy-drama series Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in the HBO pilot Anatomy of Hope, directed by JJ Abrams. And currently has a re-occurring role as the wife to Harry Cooper (Harry Lennix) Assistant Director of the FBI Counter-Terrorism Division, on the NBC drama The Blacklist.
    In 2008, she starred in a solo show, Valarie Pettiford - Thankful that played in New York and Los Angeles.
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  • 2007
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 44
    Pettiford released a jazz album, Hear My Soul, in 2005.
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  • 2002
    Age 41
    Her Half & Half role from 2002-6 as Big Dee Dee Thorne gained her three NAACP Image Award nominations.
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  • 2001
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1990s, Pettiford appeared on daytime soap operas, including Another World and One Life to Live (where she originated the role of Sheila Price).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Variety said Pettiford gave "a coolly elegant vocal rendition, she is also a sultry, powerful dancer."
  • 1994
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 30
    They got engaged in 1991.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is an exciting actress who has a special quality needed to ignite a number such as America."
  • 1983
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Miss Pettiford appears to be a superbly trained dancer, schooled in balletic finesse and Broadway-style razzmatazz - and a stunning presence."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on July 8, 1960.
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