2013 The Root 100

She almost snagged a Tony for her spot-on performance as Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical.

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  • Valisia LeKae

  • She won the critics' hearts with her portrayal of Diana Ross.
  • Job: Actress
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @ValisiaLeKae
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 33
  • Bio:

    Valisia LeKae won accolades, attention and a Tony award nomination for her portrayal of Motown diva Diana Ross in the new Broadway production Motown: The Musical. Critics praised LeKae for channeling Ross' patented "smoky innocence" and her "almost spot-on re-creation of Miss Ross' breathy voice." Although the Memphis, Tenn., native ultimately lost 2013's Tony for best performance by an actress in a musical, she won over our hearts with her poise and enthusiasm in playing Ross, a woman LeKae said she had "always felt" she had met in her "spirit and soul."

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