Valarie Pettiford

Actress, Dancer, Singer (1960)
Thu Dec 19 2019
By   Manish

American actress, Valarie Pettiford is popularly known for her portrayal in a three-act musical revue showcase, Fosse. She received several award nominations for her breakthrough performances, including the Tony Award and Image Award.

Pettiford was born on 8th July 1960 in Queens, New York, United States. Moreover, she belongs to African-American ethnicity and holds an American nationality. Aside from this, she is in a marital relationship.

Pettiford's Current Marital Life with Tony Rader

Half & Half star, Valarie is living a blissful married life with her husband, Tony Rader, who is former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher. The couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony among their closed ones. 

Valarie Pettiford's husband, Tony Rader
Photo: Tony Rader's husband of Valarie Pettiford posing for a photoshoot. 
Source: Rocket Reach

The duo had their first encounter on the set of One Life to Live in 1990, and after few dating, they eventually fell in love. More to that, the love birds got engaged in November 1991 at a private ceremony. 

Though the couple is together for nearly three decades, they haven't shared any child yet.

Valarie's Past Affairs

The 59-years-old actress was romantically involved with an American actor, Brian J. White. They first met while working on the set of Daddy's Little Girls and soon started dating in 2007.

Valarie Pettiford with her ex-partner, Brian J. White
Photo: Valarie Pettiford with her former boyfriend, Brian J. White attended 17th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards at Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, United 
States. Source: Getty Images

The couple, however, failed to hold their love life for long and officially split. After the breakup, Brian married Paula Da Silva in 2010 and shared a daughter Layla Simone White (born in 2014).

Net Worth - $2.5 Million

Valarie Pettiford has a proficient fortune of $2.5 Million as of 2019, which she accumulated from her profession as an actress. According to Pay Scale, the highest salary of an actor/actress is $67,180 in the United States.

Valarie also featured in many TV shows, and movies that have grossed millions at the box-office and some of them are enlisted below;

Movie CreditsBox Office CollectionProduction BudgetIMDb
Glitter (2001)$5.3 Million$22 Million2.2 stars
Like Mike (2002)$62.3 Million$30 Million5.2 stars
Stomp the Yard (2007)$75,511,123$13 Million5.4 stars
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)$60,095,852$20 Million4.6 stars
Jumping the Broom (2011)$37,710,610$6.6 Million5.7 stars

In 2015, Pettiford co-starred with Raul A. Reyes and Dolores Rice in the mystery crime drama series, The Blacklist, which garnered 14.95 million viewers at its first episode. Besides, the series also made an impressive revenue. 

From Theater Actress to Movie Star

Valarie Pettiford started her career as a theatre actress, where she first portrayed in a musical, Sweet Charity. She then acted in William F. Brown's A Broadway Musical in 1978. She also portrayed in many plays, including West Side Story, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Pettiford made her debut appearance in the musical film, The Wiz in 1978. She later featured as a dancer in the crime-drama film, The Cotton Club in 1984. Similarly, her other movies are Stomp the Yard, My Favorite Five, etc.

Check out the interview of Valarie Pettiford

Valarie appeared in the CBS' crime-drama series, The Equalizer, where she played the role of Jackie in 1988. She further starred in the soap opera, One Life to Live with Nafessa Williams from 1990 to 1994. Likewise, she also acted in many TV shows such as The District, Valor, and many more. Currently, she stars as Emily Mather in the British television program, A Discovery of Witches, since 2018.

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