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LaChanze

LaChanze in 2006
Born Rhonda LaChanze Sapp
December 16, 1961 (1961-12-16) (age 48)
St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Other name(s) Rhonda Sapp, LaChanze Sapp, La Chanze Sapp-Gooding, R. Lachanze Sapp
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Calvin J. Gooding (1998-2001)
Derek Fordjour (2005-present)
Official website

LaChanze (born December 16, 1961) is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

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Biography

Born Rhonda LaChanze Sapp in St. Augustine, Florida, her stage name "LaChanze" (Creole:the charmed one), is taken from her grandmother. Her father was in the Coast Guard and her mother is Rose Hines. LaChanze's childhood love of singing and dancing caused Rose to enroll in the Bowen Peters Cultural Arts Center, in New Haven, Connecticut. It is there that she first discovered her love for performing. At Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, LaChanze made her debut as Lola in Damn Yankees musical.

Living in Connecticut in such close proximity to New York City gave LaChanze access to the world of theatre. LaChanze's first theatre production she ever saw was the musical Chicago. Graciela Daniele was cast in this production and many years later Ms. Daniele continues to have a lasting impact on LaChanze's professional development as a performer. While she greatly enjoyed the dance world, LaChanze often felt limited and remembers the frequent urge to stop dancing and belt out a dramatic tune or to erupt into an intense monologue.

After high school, LaChanze attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she majored in theatre dance,voice, and acting. Her first summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of Uptown it's Hot at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. The show soon moved on to Broadway where LaChanze began her professional theatre career.

On September 11, 2001, while she was 8 months pregnant with her second child, her husband, Calvin Gooding, a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. With Gooding she has daughters Celia Rose and Zaya LaChanze.

LaChanze remarried to artist Derek Fordjour on 30 July 2005 and has a stepson Langston through him.

In the spring of 2009, LaChanze will star in world premiere of "Inked Baby", a new play by Christina Anderson. The production will be run from March 5 through April 5 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Work

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Stage

Filmography

Awards and nominations

Awards
Nominations
  • 1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Once on This Island
  • 1991 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Once on This Island
  • 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
  • 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Dessa Rose

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LaChanze
File:LaChanze, 2006
LaChanze in 2006
Born Rhonda LaChanze Sapp
December 16, 1961 (1961-12-16) (age 49)
St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Other names Rhonda Sapp, LaChanze Sapp, La Chanze Sapp-Gooding, R. Lachanze Sapp
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse Calvin J. Gooding (1998-2001)
Derek Fordjour (2005-present)
Website
http://www.lachanze.com

LaChanze (born December 16, 1961) is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

Contents

Biography

Born Rhonda LaChanze Sapp in St. Augustine, Florida, her stage name "LaChanze" (Creole:the charmed one), is taken from her grandmother. Her father was in the Coast Guard and her mother is Rose Hines. LaChanze's childhood love of singing and dancing caused Rose to enroll in the Bowen Peters Cultural Arts Center, in New Haven, Connecticut. It is there that she first discovered her love for performing. At Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, LaChanze made her debut as Lola in Damn Yankees musical.

Living in Connecticut in such close proximity to New York City gave LaChanze access to the world of theatre. LaChanze's first theatre production she ever saw was the musical Chicago. Graciela Daniele was cast in this production and many years later Ms. Daniele continues to have a lasting impact on LaChanze's professional development as a performer. While she greatly enjoyed the dance world, LaChanze often felt limited and remembers the frequent urge to stop dancing and belt out a dramatic tune or to erupt into an intense monologue.

After high school, LaChanze attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she majored in theatre dance,voice, and acting. Her first summer job was as a tap dancer in the ensemble of Uptown it's Hot at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. The show soon moved on to Broadway where LaChanze began her professional theatre career.

On September 11, 2001, while she was 8 months pregnant with her second child, her husband, Calvin Gooding, a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. With Gooding she has daughters Celia Rose and Zaya LaChanze.

LaChanze remarried to artist Derek Fordjour on 30 July 2005 and has a stepson Langston through him.

In the spring of 2009, LaChanze will star in world premiere of "Inked Baby", a new play by Christina Anderson. The production will be run from March 5 through April 5 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Work

Stage

Filmography

Awards and nominations

Awards
Nominations
  • 1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Once on This Island
  • 1991 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Once on This Island
  • 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
  • 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Dessa Rose

External links

  1. REDIRECT Template:TonyAward MusicalLeadActress 2001–2025

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