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LaChanze is the 2006 Tony Award winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her lead role as 'Celie' in Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple" on Broadway. In 2009, she was featured in PBS Great Performances of Handel's Messiah Rocks! with the Boston Pops orchestra, a performance for which she won an Emmy Award.

She recently starred in the Dreamworks movie adaptation of THE HELP for which she received a SAG Award for Best Performance by an ensemble.

LaChanze was recently a featured performer on Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. She is a Broadway veteran of 26 years with additional Broadway show credits including, Once On This Island, Ragtime, Company and Dreamgirls.

In addition to performing on stage and screen internationally, she authored her first children's book entitled LITTLE DIVA about the backstage adventures of a young aspiring performer. 

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