Rolonda Watts

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Rolonda Watts
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Born(1959-07-12) July 12, 1959 (age 54)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US
OccupationActress, Television/Radio Host
Years active1986-present
 
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Rolonda Watts
Rolonda Watts.jpg
Born(1959-07-12) July 12, 1959 (age 54)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US
OccupationActress, Television/Radio Host
Years active1986-present

Rolonda Watts (born July 12, 1959 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American actress, producer, voice over artist, novelist, motivational speaker, and television and radio talk show host. She was the host of eponymous Rolonda, an internationally-syndicated talk show which aired from 1994 to 1997. Watts was most recently the on-camera announcer for Judge Joe Brown, which ended its run in 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Watts' mother, Dr. Velma Gibson Watts, was an associate dean at Wake Forest University and her father, Roland Watts, was chairman of Winston-Salem State University's Fine Arts Department.

Watts attended Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as a teenager. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 1981, she earned a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Columbia, Watts returned to North Carolina and began her career as a general assignment reporter at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina. She later worked at WNBC, where she was nominated for an Emmy, and WABC-TV in New York as an anchor of a weekly political forum and reporter. In 1987, she began working as a host of Attitudes, a talk show on Lifetime Television. The next year, she took a job on the newsmagazine Inside Edition as a senior correspondent, weekend anchor and producer. King World Productions, the syndicator of Inside Edition and also The Oprah Winfrey Show, then asked her to start her own talk show. Rolonda aired for nearly four seasons from January 17, 1994 to September 1997. Watts was also supervising producer and one of the owners of the show. In a 2003 interview with Soap Opera Digest, Watts said she folded the show rather than lose her integrity.[1] "Audiences were saying, 'Well, that was really nice of you to be so respectful, but where's Jerry [Springer]?' We had to make a tough decision, either we go that route or we find something else to do." After leaving her talk show behind, Watts headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. Her first break was in 1997 when she was cast as Vivica Shaw in Sister, Sister, a role she played for six episodes. Since then Watts has had guest starring roles in dozens of television shows, including The West Wing, JAG, The District Yes, Dear, and soap operas Days of our Lives and The Bold and The Beautiful. In 2002, Soap Opera Digest named her "Scene Stealer of the Week" for her role as the cut-throat Attorney Cameron Reese on Days of our Lives. Watts is also the CEO/president of her own production company, Watts Works Productions, which co-produced her talk show Rolonda. In 2005, she hosted Lie Detector, a reality series for PAX-TV. That same year, she took over as announcer on Judge Joe Brown. She also appeared on Live With Regis and Kelly where she traveled cross-country as a judge for the show's "Great American Co-Host Search." In October 2006, Watts returned to her talk-show roots. She signed with GreenStone Media, a radio network launched by feminists Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, to host an afternoon radio show.[2] She hosted the show until the network's closure in August 2007. Subsequently, Watts was the announcer for the game show Temptation from September 2007 to May 2008. As of 2011, Watts is the voice of Professor Wiseman in the PBS Kids animated program Curious George. She voices "Gladys" in the Nickelodeon series, "The Penguins of Madagascar." Watts is currently shooting two films, with five others waiting for release, including her first starring role in A Mother's Love and leading roles in Christmas Mail, House Arrest, Soul Ties, Broken Roads and 25 Hill, a film written and produced by Corbin Bernsen. In the short film Return to Babylon, Watts portrays Josephine Baker; in Defying the Stars. she plays Hollywood legend Dorothy Dandridge.

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1996Girl 6Reporter Nita
1996The StupidsTalk Show Hostess
1997Meet Wally SparksHerself
2010Christmas MailSally Covington
2011Tim Alexander's A Mother's LoveRegina Reynolds
201125 HillMrs. Banner
2012House ArrestParole Officer Grimes
2012I Will Follow You Into The DarkEunice
2012Broken RoadsShirley
2013Return to BabylonJosephine Baker
2013House Party: Tonight's the NightVictoria

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Life Stories: Families in CrisisReporterSeason 1, Episode 5 Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story (HBO)
1998Smart GuyLydiaSeason 3, Episode 5 That's My Momma (WB)
1997-98Sister, SisterVivica ShawSix Episodes, (WB)
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowBonita WaltersSeason 3, Episode 19 Fire and Desire Pt.2 (WB)
2000The Steve Harvey ShowJanetSeason 4, Episode 13 Guess Who's Not Coming to Counseling (WB)
2000The West WingMelissaSeason 1, Episode 17 The White House Pro-Am (NBC)
2000Rude AwakeningLawyerSeason 3, Episode 6 Me, Myself and I (Showtime)
2001The DivisionDoctorSeason 1, Episode 6 Secrets and Lies
20017th HeavenSylvia CarterTwo Episodes, (WB)
2001The DistrictMrs. WatersSeason 2, Episode 10 Thursday (CBS)
2002For Your LoveDr. CovingtonSeason 5, Episode 1 The "What I Done" Show (WB)
2002-08Days of Our LivesCameron Reese13 Episodes (NBC)
2003One on OneDr. TaylorSeason 2, Episode 15 The Test (UPN)
2003Maniac MageeMrs. BealeTV Movie, (Nickelodeon)
2003Boston PublicMonica ClemensSeason 3, Episode 20 Chapter Sixty-Four (Fox)
2003The Proud FamilyReshanda WatsonSeason 3, Episode 4 Election (Disney Channel)
2003The Bold and the BeautifulJulie ShoemakerFive Episodes, (CBS)
2004Yes, DearSylviaSeason 4, Episode 16 Dead Aunt, Dead Aunt (CBS)
2004Ned's Declassified School Survival GuideMs. MorrisonSeason 1, Episode 3 Teachers and Detention (Nickelodeon)
2004My Wife and KidsAngeline BoudreauxSeason 5, Episode 6 Poker Face (ABC)
2004JAGJudge Deborah MayfieldSeason 10, Episode 7 Camp Delta (CBS)
2005Complete SavagesClaireSeason 1, Episode 18 Bad Reception (ABC)
2007Temptation (2007 Game Show)AnnouncerTV Game Show, (ABC)
2008Can You Teach My Alligator MannersMrs. Sullivan (Voice)Season 1, Episodes 6 Classroom Manners (Disney Channel)
2008-10Curious GeorgeProf. Wiseman (Voice)Four Episodes, (PBS)
2009Curious George: A Very Monkey ChristmasProf. Wiseman (Voice)TV Movie, (PBS)
2011-12The Penguins of MadagascarGladys (Voice)Three Episodes, (Nickelodeon)
2012Good Luck CharlieDiane Van der WeissSeason 3, Episode 3 Amy Needs a Shower (Disney Channel)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soap Opera Digest interview, 2003
  2. ^ "GreenStone gives women an outlet," The Boston Globe, October 19, 2006

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