Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Da'Vine Joy Randolph (born May 21, 1986) is an American actress and singer. She first gained recognition as Oda Mae Brown in the Broadway production of Ghost: The Musical (2012), for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
|Education||Temple University (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
Randolph's early films include The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) and Office Christmas Party (2016), as well as the television series Selfie (2014) and People of Earth (2016–17). She received critical acclaim for her performance as Lady Reed in the biographical film Dolemite Is My Name (2019). Randolph currently stars in the romantic comedy series High Fidelity (2020–present).
Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and Hershey, Pennsylvania. She went to Temple University to focus on vocal performance, but in her junior year she decided to switch concentrations to Musical Theatre. After graduating from Temple, she went to the Yale School of Drama. She graduated from Yale in 2011 with her masters. As a youth, she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, studying theatre. 
Randolph auditioned for an understudy role in the Broadway transfer of Ghost the Musical (which was currently playing in London's West End), but the producers decided to cast her in the principal role of Oda Mae Brown. Before the casting of the Broadway transfer was announced, Sharon D. Clarke, who played Oda Mae in London suffered a minor knee injury. Randolph was quickly flown out to cover the role in Clarke's absence. Her debut performance took place on Friday December 16, 2011 and she continued to share the role with understudy Lisa Davina Phillip until early January 2012, when Clarke returned.
After a preview period that began in March 2012, the original Broadway production opened Monday April 23, 2012 with Randolph playing opposite Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy in the leading roles. Though branded as the "newcomer", she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
|2013||Mother of George||Marsea|
|2014||The Angriest Man in Brooklyn||Nurse Rowan|
|2016||The Secrets of Emily Blair||Fran|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Carla|
|2019||Dolemite Is My Name||Lady Reed|
|2020||The Last Shift||Chaz|
|2020||Trolls World Tour||Bliss Marina / Shelia B (voice)|
|TBA||The United States vs. Billie Holiday||Post-production|
|2013||The Good Wife||Margie||Episode: "A More Perfect Union"|
|2014||See Dad Run||Mrs. Rothschild||Episode: "See Dad Become Room Mom"|
|2014||Selfie||Charmonique Whitaker||13 episodes|
|2015||Life in Pieces||Janice||Episode: "Babe Secret Phone Germs"|
|2015–2017||The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show||Christine / Abby Fisher (voice)||18 episodes|
|2016||This Is Us||Tanya||3 episodes|
|2016–2017||People of Earth||Yvonne Watson||20 episodes|
|2017||Veep||Roberta Winston||Episode: "Qatar"|
|2019||On Becoming a God in Central Florida||Rhonda||5 episodes|
|2020–present||High Fidelity||Cherise||10 episodes|
|2012||Ghost: The Musical||Oda Mae Brown||Lunt-Fontanne Theatre|
April 23, 2012 – August 18, 2012
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2012||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||Ghost: The Musical||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|2020||AAFCA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Dolemite Is My Name||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress||Won|
|Outstanding Breakthrough Performance||Won|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJP3-JVNP Date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed May 31, 2014.
- "Da'Vine Joy Randolph Biography". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- "Halloween in Hollywood | Interlochen Center for the Arts".
- "Da'Vine Joy Randolph: Ghost on Broadway - Hartford Courant". Articles.courant.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- Williams, Brennan (2012-04-27). "'Ghost The Musical:' Da'Vine Joy Randolph Tells How She Landed Starring Role". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-11-04.