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Victoria Dillard (born September 20, 1969) is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her co-starring roles as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City, as one of the royal bathers in the 1988 Eddie Murphy romantic comedy Coming to America, and as the wife of Denzel Washington's main character in the 1991 action thriller film Ricochet .

Victoria Dillard
Born (1969-09-20) September 20, 1969 (age 49)
Years active1987–2009


Life and careerEdit

Dillard was born in New York City.[1] She began performing at the age of five with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She worked with the company until she was eighteen, appearing in such productions Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera. Then she went on tour in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Mickey Rooney.[2]

Dillard's most notable television role was as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City. She stayed on the show for three seasons before leaving in 2000. Her other television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seinfeld, Roc, L.A. Law, Chicago Hope, Martin, Moesha, Family Law, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and other series.[1]

Some of her film credits are Coming to America (1988), Deep Cover (1992), The Glass Shield (1994), Internal Affairs (1990), Out-of-Sync (1995) with LL Cool J, and Ricochet (1991) with Denzel Washington.[2] Dillard also appeared as Betty Shabazz in the 2001 film Ali.[1]

Dillard was featured in the November 1998 Playboy issue in the article "Sex In Cinema 1988".[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Dillard currently lives in New York City. She dances in her free time and writes screenplays and plays for the stage. Dillard was the long-time girlfriend of actor Laurence Fishburne beginning in 1992 when the two met on the set of the film Deep Cover. Their relationship ended in 1995.[4]

In 2005, at the age of 36, Dillard was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. It is the same disease that afflicts her former Spin City co-star, actor Michael J. Fox. She has since become an advocate for Parkinson's disease research and treatments. [5]



Year Title Role
1988 Coming To America Bather/Dancer
1990 Internal Affairs Kee
1991 Ricochet Alice Styles
1992 Deep Cover Betty McCutcheon
1994 Killing Obsession Jean Wilson
1994 The Glass Shield Barbara Simms
1995 Out of Sync Monica Collins
1999 The Best Man Anita
2001 Ali Betty Shabazz


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation Ballerina Season 1, Where No One Has Gone Before
1990 Nasty Boys Nicole Stanhope Season 1, Last Tango in Vegas
1993 Seinfeld Agency Rep. Season 4, The Old Man
1993 Tribeca Olivia Season 1, The Box
1994 L.A. Law Regina Cole Season 8, Silence Is Golden
1994 Roc Suzanne Season 3, You Shouldn't Have To Lie
1994 Chicago Hope Dr. Nadine Winslow Two Episodes
1995 Martin Sharon Season 4, Three Homies and a Baby
1996 Moesha Beverly Season 2, The List
1996-2000 Spin City Janelle Cooper 79 Episodes
2001 Commitments Fox Giovanni TV Movie, (BET)
2001 Family Law Marcia Henderson Season 3, Angel's Flight
2004 Law & Order Belinda Gardner Season 14, C.O.D.
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sharon Adams Season 7, Self-made
2009 The Unusuals Dora Nix Season 1, Pilot


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