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Anika Noni Rose Biography

Birth Place:
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Made her Broadway debut in 1998 as Rusty in the musical Footloose
  • Won a 2001 Obie Award, along with the rest of the cast, for the off-Broadway play Eli's Comin'
  • First major movie role was in the 2003 comedy From Justin to Kelly
  • Auditioned for a back-up-singer role in the 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change but got the supporting role of Emmie, which earned her many accolades as well as a Tony
  • Had to wear 6-inch heels in Dreamgirls to appear in frame with much taller costars Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson
  • Played Maggie in the all-black 2008 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Provided the voice for Princess Tiana, Disney's first black princess, in the 2009 animated movie The Princess and the Frog


  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • John Rose Jr. -- Father
  • Claudia Rose -- Mother