Sheryl Lee Ralph’s children shared their immediate reactions as the Abbott Elementary actress won her first Emmy Award Monday night
Hours after the Abbott Elementary star grabbed her trophy for best supporting actress in a comedy at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, her son Etienne Maurice posted a video on Instagram of himself and his sister Ivy-Victoria Maurice screaming in celebration from the audience.
“I’ve envisioned this moment for my mother my whole entire life. We are so proud of you Mommy! @thesherylleeralph you are A WINNER!!!!,” he wrote in the caption. “@ivycoco23 are in our seats crying. #emmys2022.”
Ralph, 65, plays the firm but loving kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard on the beloved ABC sitcom.
Her Emmy win wound up being one of the standout moments from Monday’s show, Ralph bringing the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to their feet while singing an acapella version of the song “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves.
“I am a woman, I am an artist,” she sang. “And I know where my voice belongs.”
Of course, Ralph’s impressive singing voice came as no surprise seeing as she started her career on Broadway when she won a Tony award for best actress in a musical for her role in 1981’s Dreamgirls.
“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” Ralph said in her speech, adding, “This is what striving looks like!”
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