Victoria Rowell is an international professional lecturer, holds two doctorates, is a teacher, actress, advocate, mother, and former foster child. She has been recognized by 193 members of Congress for her advocacy work on behalf of education, arts, and recruitment of foster and adoptive parents.
Her New York Times bestseller, The Women Who Raised Me, was published by HarperCollins Publishers, and received literary acclaim.
Rowell is an Emmy®-nominated actress who co-starred in the hit prime time television series Diagnosis Murder for VIACOM for eight seasons while simultaneously working in daytime drama for Sony/CBS. Rowell has starred on Law & Order: SVU and has been seen in many films, starring opposite Jim Carrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Beau Bridges, Forest Whitaker and more.
Born in Maine, Rowell was raised on a rural 60 acre working farm and remained in foster care for 18 years, learning classical ballet from a book her foster mother trained her from. Eventually turning professional, she danced with American Ballet Theater (ABT) II and two other companies.
Rowell has two children, Maya and Jasper, and resides in Los Angeles.
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