American actress Valarie Pettiford is mostly known for her role as Big Dee Dee in the American sitcom Half & Half. She played the character of a black lesbian Cassandra Keefer in the ABC sitcom, The Naked. Valarie has also received Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress.
What's Valarie Pettiford's Net Worth?
Valarie Pettiford has gathered her net worth from her professional acting career since 1978. Her 2002 American comedy movie Like Mike grossed the box office of $62.3 million in the production budget of $30 million. Likewise, her 2011 movie Jumping the Broom grossed $37,295,394 in the USA earning $15,215,487 in the first weekend. She also became a part of the 2013 film Love Will Keep Us Together which aired with an estimated budget of $200,000.
She has also increased her fortunes from her longest-stint in TV series like Another World (1988-1990), One Life to Live (1990-1994), The District (2002-2004), Half & Half (2002-2006), Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2008-2009), and The Blacklist (2015-2016).
Valarie debuted in the entertainment industry with the role of a chorus member in 1978 movie The Wiz. She then appeared in the films like The Cotton Club and Robots before emerging in 1998 TV series The Equalizer as Jackie. Her notable appearances include Stomp the Yard, Why Did I Get Married Too?, Battlefield America, Surviving in L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Black-ish.
Valarie has been playing a recurring role of Rhonda Sales in American drama series Being Mary Jane since 2017. She has also starred in American military drama series Valor with the character of Simone Porter in 2018. She has also played in stage roles for American musicals like The Wiz, Show Boat, West Side Story, A Broadway Musical, Tango Apasionato, and Sweet Charity.
Married To Former Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Husband; Wants To Have Children
Valarie Pettiford is married to Tony Radar since 1993. Her husband Tony is a retired American professional baseball player, who used to play as a pitcher for Philadelphia Phillies. He has also made cameo appearances as Delivery Boy in 1997 TV series, Unhappily Ever After. Similarly, her husband has also appeared in 1986 TV series Fame as the waiter. The duo tied their knot on 4 September 1993 at the Little Church of the West at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
During an interview with broadwayworld.com in August 2012, Valarie revealed that she was thinking of having children. She was in the promo of her second solo album, Velvet Sky. She described her musical project as a 'real labor of love.' Further, she said her music would help all types of parents connecting her music towards their kids. The American actress dedicates her second album, Velvet Sky to all the children as she has recorded the tracks full of lullabies.
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Although the Being Mary Jane actress admitted she wants to have a kid with her husband, on 9 May 2017, she affirmed that the couple does not have children yet. When her Twitter friend Wanda Lorraine Evans wished Valarie 'Happy Mother's Day,' the Queens native thanked Wanda and revealed she does not have any kids.
During her 58th birthday on 8 July 2018, she thanked her wishers on Instagram. Valarie uploaded her photo wearing a unique custom dress and said that her birthday wish is the love for all her followers.
In August 2018, she visited the family business to hair Slayage with the celebrity hairstylist Gayla Belay and custom designer Ashlyn Ayers. In the fashion-line, she did her custom hair and make-up, which she shared via Instagram on 14 August 2018.
Family Life: Shares Photo On Social Media
Valarie was born to her parents Blanch Pettiford and Ralph Pettiford. She also has a sibling sister named Atonia Pettiford in her family. The American actress has also shared the pictures of her family on social media. On 17 June 2018, she tweeted a photo alongside her father Ralph and wished him 'Happy Father's Day.' In the caption, she described Ralph as 'best Dad in the whole universe.'
Valarie Pettiford and her father Ralph Pettiford in a picture posted on 17 June 2018 (Photo: Twitter)
Previously, on 11 April 2018, she tweeted a childhood picture of her and sister Atonia alongside their mother, Blanch.
Valarie Pettiford was born on 8 July 1960 in Queens, New York City, New York. She completed her education from High School of Performing Arts in 1978. Valarie has the height of 1.75 m (5' 9") and belongs to American nationality. She has received a nomination for Broadway's 1999 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her role in Fosse from 1998 to 1999.