She didn’t give up on herself. And, on Monday night, that persistence finally paid off for Sheryl-Lee Ralph.
The 66-year-old Jamaican-American actress, known most prominently for her featured role on the late 90s/early 2000s sitcom, Moesha, is now an Emmy winner. Ralph won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the ABC mockumentary, Abbott Elementary.
The win was Ralph’s first win on her first Emmy nomination. It also made her the first black woman since Jackee Harry in 1987 to win the award.
Her acceptance speech was arguably the highlight of the night.
#Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph: “Anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream…couldn’t come true. I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like. This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you.” https://t.co/h3GrtHDUA6 pic.twitter.com/qPpGSFfGw5
— Variety (@Variety) September 13, 2022
Ralph’s singing prowess during her speech shouldn’t come as a surprise. She is also a Tony Award-nominated actress for her exploits in the 1981 musical, Dreamgirls.