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Victoria "Vicki" Lynn Rowell (born May 10, 1959) is an American actress and dancer. She is known for two high profile television roles: Drucilla Winters on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and her primetime role as Dick Van Dyke`s medical examiner, assistant and pathologist, Dr. Amanda Bentley, on Diagnosis: Murder. Rowell was born in Portland, Maine on May 10, 1959. Her biological mother, Dorothy Rowell, was of English descent and a Mayflower descendant, and her birth father, whose surname was Wilson, was of African-American descent.
In the 1980s, Rowell became an in-demand runway and catalog model. She began to take acting lessons and earned featured roles on television shows such as The Cosby Show. In 1990, she was cast as street urchin-turned-fashion model Drucilla Barber on the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless. Rowell became a fan favorite and was nominated for three Daytime Emmy awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She won 11 NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of Drucilla. Rowell`s first run as Drucilla was from 1990 to 1998. She briefly returned in 2000, then returned on a regular basis from 2002 until early 2007. Rowell also played Dr. Amanda Bentley on the CBS series Diagnosis: Murder, opposite Dick Van Dyke, prior to replacing Cynthia Gibb. For much of Rowell`s stint on Diagnosis: Murder, she was working on that show and on The Young and the Restless simultaneously. (One episode of Diagnosis Murder centered around murder on the set of The Young and the Restless; Rowell was featured as both Amanda and Drucilla in that episode.) During her time on Diagnosis, Rowell enjoyed a wonderful on- and off-screen friendship with Van Dyke, learning every case and medical terms in almost every episode. She was on the show until the series ended in 2001. In spring 2009, she signed a six-figure deal with Atria Books for a book about the world of daytime TV.
Rowell`s first marriage was to Tom Fahey in 1989. They had a daughter, Maya, and divorced the following year. Rowell had a long-term relationship with musician Wynton Marsalis, and the couple had a son, Jasper (Jasper played Rowell`s son CJ on Diagnosis: Murder starting with season 3). Victoria and Radcliffe married on June 27, 2009 in Dublin, NH. Rowell was born Protestant and later baptized in the Catholic Church.
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Victoria Lynn Rowell (born May 10, 1959) is an American actress and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of Drucilla Winters on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, and medical examiner/pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley on the CBS drama Diagnosis: Murder. From 1993 to 2000, she appeared on both series simultaneously.
Drucilla Winters (her character on The Young and the Restless)
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