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Sheryl Lee Ralph: It's A Good Chunk Of Time

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Tia Mowry plays a new stepmother to three kids, and Sheryl Lee Ralph plays Tia's mother on the Nick At Nite show ‘Instant Mom.'

Fun Facts About Sheryl Lee Ralph: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) Ralph began her career on the stage and was nominated in 1982 for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls. In 1984, Ralph released her only album In the Evening, in which the title track hit peaked at #6 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart that same year. In 1988, she starred in the Disney movie Oliver & Company providing the speaking voice of Rita. Her first film leading role came as Denzel Washington's wife in The Mighty Quinn. In 1992, she starred as Robert De Niro's mistress in Mistress. During the 1990s she also had roles in The Flintstones, Deterrence and Unconditional Love.

2) On television, she is known for playing Ginger St. James on It's a Living, Etienne Toussaint-Bouvier on Designing Women, and later Dee Mitchell on Moesha and the supervillainous Cheetah in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Ralph produced Divas Simply Singing, which has become an important AIDS fundraiser. In June 2000, Ralph sued The National Enquirer for one million dollars over a piece they had written about her and her husband. She was voted one of TV's Favorite Moms for her portrayal of step mom Dee on the number-one rated television series Moesha. She also appeared on the Showtime series, Barbershop, as the popular, post-operative transsexual, Claire. Recently, Sheryl brought a new face to the sufferings of war in the NBC hit series ER.

3) In 2013, Ralph will be appearing the NBC television show Smash as Cynthia, the mother of Jennifer Hudson's character.

‘Instant Mom' airs Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Nick At Nite.

Twitter: @thesherylralph

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