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LaChanze

Biography

Celebrity, dancer, and vocalist who also earned a 2006 Tony Honor on her behalf starring role while Celie in the Broadway music production of THE COLOUR Purple. She went to the University or college of Arts in Philadelphia, where she majored in dance and theatre. She made an appearance on such tv shows as Sex and the town, Law & Purchase: SVU, as well as the Cosby Display. She wedded her second spouse, Derek Fordjour, in 2005. She made an appearance in Jump of Trust, a 1992 film starring Steve Martin.

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Full Name LaChanze
Date Of Birth December 16, 1961
Place Of Birth St. Augustine, FL
Height 1.67 m
Profession Stage Actress
Education University of the Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Derek Fordjour, Calvin J. Gooding
Children Celia Rose Gooding, Zaya LaChanze Gooding
Parents Rosalie Sapp, Walter Sapp
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Obie Award for Performance
Nominations Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Movies The Help, Breaking Upwards, Lucy, David Searching, Hercules, Leap of Faith
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1Has one stepson from her July 2005 marriage to Derek Fordjour.
2Won the 2006 Tony for "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical" for her role as "Celie" in "The Color Purple".
3She was awarded the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Oprah Winfrey's production of "The Color Purple" based on Alice Walker's novel.
4Nominated for Broadway's 1991 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "Once on this Island".
5Daughters (with Gooding): Celia Rose and Zaya LaChanze.
6Lost her husband to the 9/11-attacks; she was 8 months pregnant at the time.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Of2016TV Mini-SeriesDwight's Mom
Person of Interest2016TV SeriesMona
The Battery's Down2015TV SeriesTiMoune
Side Effects2013/IWards Island Desk Nurse (as Lachanze)
The Help2011Rachel (as La Chanze)
One Life to Live2011TV SeriesYvette Moreau
Breaking Upwards2009Maggie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2000-2008TV SeriesAmber / Ms. Pivik
Lucy2003TV MovieHarriett
Heartbreak Hospital2002Lisa
Sex and the City1999TV SeriesHostess
Hercules: Zero to Hero1999VideoTerpsichore (voice, as LaChanze Sapp)
Hercules1998TV SeriesTerpsichore
Hercules1997Video GameTerpsichore (voice)
Hercules1997Terpsichore the Muse of Dance (frizzy-haired Muse) (voice)
David Searching1997God Truth
Total Security1997TV SeriesWanda Robitaille
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesMariah Barton
The Cosby Mysteries1994TV SeriesDr. Weeks
For Love or Money1993Nora
Leap of Faith1992Georgette
My New Gun1992Kelly Jane
The Cosby Show1988-1989TV SeriesSylvia

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV Special performer: "Hell No!nm0106254, nm0751041 and nm0932267, "The Color Purple'
Hercules: Zero to Hero1999Video performer: "Send My Boy to School" - as LaChanze Sapp
Hercules1998TV Series performer - 13 episodes
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV Special performer: "The Human Heart", "Mama Will Provide"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Sorority Project: The Exodus2006Documentary executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Stage Door Divas2014DocumentaryHerself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Broadway.com Show2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Show People with Paul Wontorek2012TV SeriesHerself
Handel's Messiah Rocks2009VideoHerself - Singer
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Hooray for Broadway: A Springtime Celebration2006TV MovieHerself
20/202005TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All1998Video short

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