Lela Rochon

B.A., Journalism, 1986

Lela Rochon

Lela Rochon is an actress and producer, who made her film debut when she starred opposite Fred Williamson in Fox Trap. She also acted opposite Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights and again in the romantic comedy Boomerang.

Rochon's biggest break was when she landed one of the lead roles opposite Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, and Loretta Devine in the adaptation of the Terry McMillan novel and highly successful dramatic film Waiting to Exhale. She played the character Robin Stokes, for which she was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Rochon was also chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1996. Rochon had a leading role alongside Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox in the romantic drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love, while also appearing in Any Given Sunday, directed by Oliver Stone. Recently, she had a leading role in Regina King's directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen, the film adaptation of ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 novel for BET.