She is one busy actress. It’s no surprise that the also talented singer always manages to incorporate music into her work as seen on the hit Broadway-themed show, Smash. In the show, she stars along Jennifer Hudson. Those two know how to bring it.
Recently, Ralph has appeared in a string shows, including, Claws, MacGyver, and The Quad, and Ray Donovan. As expected, she is also in the new musical film Revival!
Gerald McRaney Today
For some reason, Gerald McRaney has an impressive list of playing bad guys. At roughly the same time as Designing Women, the actor took on another antagonistic role in the show Simon & Simon.
The actor has not been short of work since his big break in the 70s. Consistently appearing on both film and TV, he is now in two super popular shows, Netflix’s House of Cards and This Is Us.
Sheryl Lee Ralph As Etienne Toussant Bouvier
This Tony Award winner played the fantastic Etienne Toussant Bouvier. The actress Sheryl Lee Ralph had caught the attention of many from her Broadway performance on Dreamgirls. It was from that, that she launched into a successful TV career.
Etienne made it very clear to TV execs that was ready to make a success of herself and support her family. Thankfully, she was included in the cast
Olivia Brown As Vanessa Hargraves
If there ever was a serious match for Anthony, it was only Vanessa Hargraves, played by Olivia Brown. While they certainly spent a lot of time together, they weren't the only pair.
Vanessa spent a lot of time with one and only Suzanne Sugarbaker. In an effort to climb up that corporate ladder, Vanessa wouldn't leave her side. Sadly at the end of the fourth season, Vanessa said goodbye to the show for good.
Olivia Brown Today
If you're a fanatic of '80s shows, you would know that Olivia Brown made her debut on the classic crime drama, Miami Vice. Her character, Trudy Joplin, was essentially the reason she got cast on Designing Women.
After her time on the CBS sitcom, the actress appeared in handful more shows, one of which was 7th Heaven. The actress decided to withdraw temporarily from the TV biz and pursue family life. Most recently, she appeared in the 2017 film, Our Dream Christmas.