“The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” – Tiana

Anika Noni Rose embodies the dedication and tenacity of her beloved character, Princess Tiana from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Anika’s journey from Bloomfield, Connecticut, to Disney Legend status is a tale of relentless passion and hard work. Born on September 6, 1972, Rose honed her talents early on, drawing inspiration from theater shows during family trips to New York City and her roles in school theater.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Florida A&M University and a Master’s degree from the American Conservatory Theater, Anika moved to New York. Her breakout moment came in 2003 with “Caroline, or Change,” earning rave reviews and a Tony Award. Hollywood soon followed, with a notable performance in “Dreamgirls” alongside Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.

Anika’s voice became immortalized as Princess Tiana in the 2009 animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” marking Disney’s first African-American and American princess. Her performance earned multiple accolades, including a Black Reel Award for Outstanding Voice Performance. Rose’s portrayal not only provided representation on-screen but also coincided with significant cultural milestones.

Beyond animation, Anika’s versatility shines. She’s graced Broadway, star-studded films, and even initiated a comforting project during the 2020 pandemic, “Bedtime Stories for the Littles.” Rose’s contributions extend to inspiring the left-handed community by suggesting Tiana be left-handed, mirroring her own.

Disney honored Anika as a Disney Legend in 2011, making her the youngest inductee at the time. Her legacy continues as she returns to voice Tiana in Disney’s parks and upcoming Disney+ series. Anika Noni Rose’s story is a testament to unwavering effort and the magic of dreams, embodying the very spirit of Disney.

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– [D23 – Disney Legend Anika Noni Rose](https://d23.com/walt-disney-legend/anika-noni-rose/)
– [Encyclopedia.com – Anika Noni Rose](https://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/rose-anika-noni)
– [IMDB – Anika Noni Rose](https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0741242/bio/)
– [Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Anika Noni Rose](https://www.cwhf.org/inductees/anika-noni-rose)