Anika Noni Rose(Lorrell Robinson-Dreamgirls/Tiana-The Princess and the Frog/ Wendy Scott-Carr-The Good Wife) turns 39 today!
Anika Noni Rose is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring roles in the films Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog.
In 2004, Rose was awarded the Theatre World Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change.
In 2006, Rose starred in Dreamgirls as Lorrell Robinson with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Rose appeared in Disney’s newest animated feature, The Princess and the Frog,as the voice of the lead character Tiana; the character is Disney’s first African American princess.
In 2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie For Colored Girls. One critic described Rose’s performance as “especially fierce”.
Rose has been cast to play Sara Tidwell in the upcoming A&E miniseries based on Stephen King’s novel Bag of Bones.
Rose was named a Disney Legend on August 19, 2011.