Victoria Dillard

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Victoria Dillard
Born (1969-09-20) September 20, 1969 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present

Victoria Dillard (born September 20, 1969) is an American actress. She is best known for her co-starring role as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City.

Life and career[edit]

Dillard was born in New York City.[1] She began performing at the age of five with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She worked with the company until she was eighteen, appearing in such productions Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera. Then she went on tour in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Mickey Rooney.[2]

Dillard's most notable television role was as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City. She stayed on the show for three seasons before leaving in 2000. Her other television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seinfeld, Roc, L.A. Law, Chicago Hope, Martin, Moesha, Family Law, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and other series.[1]

Some of her film credits include Coming to America (1988), Deep Cover (1992), The Glass Shield (1994), Internal Affairs (1990), Out-of-Sync (1995) and Ricochet (1991) playing the wife of Denzel Washington's character.[2] Her most recent film role was as Betty Shabazz in the 2001 film Ali.[1]

In 1988, Dillard was in Playboy in the article Sex In Cinema 1988.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dillard currently lives in New York City. She dances in her free time and writes screenplays and plays for the stage. Dillard was long-time girlfriend of actor Laurence Fishburne beginning in 1992 when the two met on set of the film Deep Cover.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1988 Coming To America Bather/Dancer
1990 Internal Affairs Kee
1991 Ricochet Alice Styles
1992 Deep Cover Betty McCutcheon
1994 Killing Obsession Jean Wilson
1994 The Glass Shield Barbara Simms
1995 Out of Sync Monica Collins
1999 The Best Man Anita
2001 Ali Betty Shabazz

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation Ballerina Season 1, Where No One Has Gone Before
1990 Nasty Boys Nicole Stanhope Season 1, Last Tango in Vegas
1993 Seinfeld Agency Rep. Season 4, The Old Man
1993 Tribeca Olivia Season 1, The Box
1994 L.A. Law Regina Cole Season 8, Silence Is Golden
1994 Roc Suzanne Season 3, You Shouldn't Have To Lie
1994 Chicago Hope Dr. Nadine Winslow Two Episodes
1995 Martin Sharon Season 4, Three Homies and a Baby
1996 Moesha Beverly Season 2, The List
1996-2000 Spin City Janelle Cooper 79 Episodes
2001 Commitments Fox Giovanni TV Movie, (BET)
2001 Family Law Marcia Henderson Season 3, Angel's Flight
2004 Law & Order Belinda Gardner Season 14, C.O.D.
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sharon Adams Season 7, Self-made
2009 The Unusuals Dora Nix Season 1, Pilot

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Victoria Dillard Biography (1969-) Film Reference
  2. ^ a b Victoria Dillard: Janelle on Spin City - wchstv.com
  3. ^ Playboy: November 1988, Vol. 35, Iss. 11, pg. 132-133, by: Bruce Williamson

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