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Report claims actress Victoria Rowell could be next ‘Housewife’

Rowell wears an Obama dress at the 2009 Emmys. CREDIT: AP

Rowell wears an Obama dress at the 2009 Emmys. CREDIT: AP

Local photographer FreddyO told Mediatakeout.com that former soap star and public speaker Victoria Rowell may become the sixth cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Or she could be the fifth if either Kim Zolciak or NeNe Leakes fail to come to an agreement with the show for a third season. Insiders have been leaking information to the N.Y. Daily News and TMZ saying both are making major monetary demands, perhaps to scare the two into compromising.

Rowell, 50, spent much of her acting career on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” as Drucilla Winters. She also played Dr. Amanda Bentley on the CBS series “Diagnosis: Murder.” She has appeared in films such as “The Distinguished Gentleman” and “Dumb and Dumber.” She turned heads wearing a dress imprinted with Pres. Obama’s face at the Primetime Emmys in September. (left)

She now lives in Atlanta with her husband and local artist Radcliffe Bailey. They were married in June.  She does public speaking and talks about her 18 years of her life in foster care. She wrote a memoir, “The Women Who Raised Me.”

She has a daughter from a first marriage and a son with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

Rowell, according to a recent New York Times article about her marriage, is a native of Portland, Maine.

I’ve left messages with her agent and FreddyO to check the story’s veracity.

77 comments Add your comment

LOL

December 16th, 2009
5:06 pm

Did she steal that tablecloth from the white house? lol

bulldamma

December 16th, 2009
5:15 pm

adding Ms. Rowell would give this show new direction. She is an Atlanta housewife (i.e. married) and successful. What a twist huh???

ty

December 16th, 2009
5:26 pm

Her and Candi adds class to the show

Lala

December 16th, 2009
5:29 pm

OMG, why would she do that. She has had a successful actor career, now this . . . DON’T DO IT!!

Mike

December 16th, 2009
5:29 pm

“Class” and this show are oxymorons. Those who watch the show will likely have to look up that word in a dictionary.

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jawbonin.com

December 16th, 2009
5:34 pm

VR is a game changer, especially if you are trying to negotiate for more money.

TXDawg

December 16th, 2009
5:34 pm

She looks DAMN GOOD for 50!!

J

December 16th, 2009
5:49 pm

Damn good looking? She’s hideous.

Barbara

December 16th, 2009
5:49 pm

Don’t do it you’re too classy for that show!!!!

???

December 16th, 2009
5:51 pm

MediaTake out and Freddy-O are sources now? WTH…

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeee

December 16th, 2009
5:55 pm

Wow, a woman who actually lives in Atlanta and is married, she will be the only Real Atlanta Housewife on the show about nonsense. What kind of a dress is that? Does it come with a free teleprompter?

Nathan

December 16th, 2009
6:02 pm

To J,

She’s hideous??? How many 50 year old women look like that? My point exactly…

Louis

December 16th, 2009
6:03 pm

Bye Bye NE NE and KIM

Ed

December 16th, 2009
6:05 pm

She looks 60 to me.

obama mama

December 16th, 2009
6:09 pm

I liked her until I saw the Obama pics on her outfit.

Now I don’t like her.

Oh well, who cares!

D

December 16th, 2009
6:15 pm

She must need the money very badly and has never seen the show.She is a gifted actress and a wonderfully insightful speaker on foster care. If I were her I would not even sit in the same room with
Moose Thang & The Moosettes.

Wondering Why Not Use REAL ATL Housewives

December 16th, 2009
6:23 pm

There are tons of REAL Atlanta housewives in Atlanta — inside ATLANTA (not Dunwoody, Duluth, GA-TN border)!!! My kids’ private school is filled with REAL Atlanta housewives. Why won’t Bravo pick one of those women?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have a husband and children. They fit the profile — Atlanta, Estates/Houses (summer, lake house, main house, etc.), Wife, shop at Phipps/Saks/Neimans/Buckhead, vacations in Europe, ski trips, tropical islands, etc.!!! Buckhead, Marietta, Cascade, Morningside, Midtown, Downtown — you know Atlanta!!! Most of them are rich, and some aren’t. I hope Bravo doesn’t give in and say bye-bye to Kim and NeNe. Get some real housewives Bravo!!! Kim is NOT married and she’s having an affair with a married man!!!

Wondering Why Not Use REAL ATL Housewives

December 16th, 2009
6:28 pm

Victoria and Kandi will add some class to the show, which it is definitely lacking.

when will this show end

December 16th, 2009
6:34 pm

Interesting choice of pictures. I remember her from eons ago as a soap opera actress. Couple of questions: 1. Does she actually live in Atlanta? 2. Is she a housewife or a bitter divorce’ with an axe to grind like the other girls?

Real Atlantan

December 16th, 2009
6:41 pm

They did try to get real housewives from Atlanta. They picked several and tbey turned them down. Then they tried again with several more, they turned them down. Finally, they realized that Real Atlanta Housewives have too much class and dignity to be on such a show. That’s when they chose the non-Atlantans. They even rented them houses. I saw one of them in foreclosure not too long ago. These people are a joke and I hope people don’t think that they are representative of Atlanta.

Lamar Watson

December 16th, 2009
6:41 pm

Do not do it…..I don’t know if you’re given up on the whole acting thing — believe me this is not a way of making a comeback. Leave this vehicle for those who crave their 15 minutes. Its really beneath her to do this show.

Animal187

December 16th, 2009
6:42 pm

You create interest by creating drama with the 2 drama queens. When all else fails, throw in 2 black women with some sense to add balance to the show. I still think this show is a waste and a slap in the face for women in Atlanta and for black women in general. It just adds to the stereotype for them. But, man she looks good !! I remember her in the movie with Eddie Murphy !!!

Animal187

December 16th, 2009
6:43 pm

I heard Whitney Houston is available, she would fit right in with the diva attitude and the drama.

CASCADE RD= ghetto

December 16th, 2009
7:01 pm

I find this comment interesting…Dunwoody is soooo far outside the perimeter that it is compared to Duluth and the Chattanooga border…that makes me laugh. Good for Dunwoody. Cascade? Are you talking about Cascade Rd? Wouldn’t venture there even with a load of security…thank goodness Dunwoody finally got out from the city of ATL/ghetto!

There are tons of REAL Atlanta housewives in Atlanta — inside ATLANTA (not Dunwoody, Duluth, GA-TN border)!!! My kids’ private school is filled with REAL Atlanta housewives. Why won’t Bravo pick one of those women?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have a husband and children. They fit the profile — Atlanta, Estates/Houses (summer, lake house, main house, etc.), Wife, shop at Phipps/Saks/Neimans/Buckhead, vacations in Europe, ski trips, tropical islands, etc.!!! Buckhead, Marietta, Cascade, Morningside, Midtown, Downtown — you know Atlanta!!! Most of them are rich, and some aren’t. I hope Bravo doesn’t give in and say bye-bye to Kim and NeNe. Get some real housewives Bravo!!! Kim is NOT married and she’s having an affair with a married man!!!

?

December 16th, 2009
7:01 pm

DON’T DO IT!!!

You had a successful career!!!

You look great for your age?

Why be the first of that type to appear on the show??? The show will associate you with Classless Nothings!

Why do that to yourself?

Gosh, I was a fan, but that dress does suck, yes.

She is still TOO GOOD!

Don’t do it.

Jimmy

December 16th, 2009
7:02 pm

Are there any white housewives in Atlanta? I guess not.

Rich

December 16th, 2009
7:14 pm

More Ghetto for Atlanta….SURPRISE!!!!

The Voice Of Truth

December 16th, 2009
7:17 pm

Are there no white housewives in Atlanta? If the producers want to take the show in a new direction, why don’t they add someone who isn’t black and ghetto?

Rich

December 16th, 2009
7:23 pm

I’ve seen her “act” on the young and the restless. She’s your typical bad actor/actress in a soap opera. She can’t act.

Drama for yo momma

December 16th, 2009
7:54 pm

If she can’t bring the drama to the show she needs to keep on steppin. Bring back Ne Ne and Kim. No one is looking for class on that show. If Canada can have the “Trailer Park Boys”, the US can have housewives of where ever..We want straight DRAMA…

wonderingmind

December 16th, 2009
7:57 pm

It is so amazing how some comments continue to sterotype the women using words such as “ghetto” and “drama queens”. I especially like that a comment asked ” are there any white housewives in Atlanta?” If you are entertaining this article that means you are beyond interested in RHOA. I truly believe the show is a job for the women and if they do not provide the type sterotypical image for YOUR entertainment they would cancel the show. If you want to cancel the show then start a campagin to stop people from watching it.The ratings will fall and you will hopefully not have to sterotypically put degrading remarks on any articles regarding RHOA.

obama mama

December 16th, 2009
8:04 pm

Because sadly Atlanta is now known as Ghetto and Black!

AD

December 16th, 2009
8:04 pm

My question is like a previous one. Are there any white housewives. Black women love drama and simply cannot get along with each other. I guess because all the “good” black men are taken by white or oriental women who know how to treat a man and not take everything that they have.Word. That Obama dress is the absolute pits. Get some class.

momma bee

December 16th, 2009
8:11 pm

would love to see her on the show!

JG

December 16th, 2009
8:11 pm

She is too classy for this show. I hope she doesn’t join.

Jethro

December 16th, 2009
8:13 pm

No repectable woman, housewife or not, black or white would go on a show like this and watch the other 4 make her look bad.

Raman

December 16th, 2009
8:20 pm

She might have been classy but as soon as she wore that table cloth with Obammy pictures on it she surrendered every last part of class she had left. She should wear that in this city and see the reaction she gets, although I am sure there was plenty of snickering behind her back at that event.

Chardonnay

December 16th, 2009
9:15 pm

When did Victoria Rowell move to Atlanta anyway! I thought she lived out in California??? No, no no!! I want Ms. Rowell back on Y&R, the soap that I have been watching since I was seven years old!! She is the reason that I started watching “The Young and the Restless.” She is too big of a star for the “The Real Housewives” show!!! Please, someone contact the writers of Y&R and let them know that Ms. Rowell is needed back on the soap!! I spoke about it on Facebook on Y&R’s fan page!!! But whatever she decides to do, I wish her well! I love her!!

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 16th, 2009
9:50 pm

I love to watch the show. But I know that it is just that, a show. Of course there are classy women of all races in Atlanta and every other city, nationwide. This so called reality show is for entertainment. What is amazing to me is the vitriol of some of the responders to this blog. This show does not represent Atlanta, is just uses Atlanta as a backdrop. I don’t really think that the producers are trying to do a “classy” show. Who would watch that type of show? No, this show is a train wreck and people tune in to see some “blood.” I am no exception. I would not invite NeNe into my home, but I love to watch all of them on my TV. Fortunately, I understand that this “Reality” show is just entertainment.

SWAT Native

December 16th, 2009
9:54 pm

You know who I think would be an excellent addition to this show? Tony
Gonzales’s wife. She probably wouldn’t do it, but she’s great looking, a newcomer to town and I bet that they have an interesting life together. She also would add a little more diversity to the show as a latina.

critical reasoning

December 16th, 2009
10:11 pm

(in my Home Alone voice)NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I’m not feeling the dress but she does look good for 50. It’s just that she is not drowning in make-up like we’re used to.

really now?

December 16th, 2009
11:11 pm

freddy o is not a credible source… he is a rude busybody, a sorry excuse for a journalist and photographer

Jinglebells Batmansmells

December 17th, 2009
1:00 am

Talk about being a big fish in a little pond. If you have an opinion one way or another regarding ANYBODY who joins this show, you need a life.

oj

December 17th, 2009
1:32 am

You ask is theRE any white house wives in atlanta? are there any black house wives in ORANGE COUNTY. AND I DO NOT SEE WHERE THOSE LADIES ON REAL HOUSE WIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY HAS ANY CLASS……………..

Not happy

December 17th, 2009
1:44 am

We don’t need celebrities! We need celebrites wives! with this pick Bravo has lost a viewer.

Chief Wiggum

December 17th, 2009
2:11 am

Ugly dress, and tacky.

Debdoes

December 17th, 2009
4:31 am

If you don’t like/watch the show, why are you reading this story and blogging about it? Hmmmm?

Nativeson71

December 17th, 2009
7:19 am

I love this show…fun to watch…but how about a ‘housewife’ that lives in the ‘city limits’ of Atlanta.

outspoken1

December 17th, 2009
7:50 am

she looks like a commy to me. got dat bama flag with chinese symbols all around.
what an ugly useless putz…