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Da’Vine Joy Randolph

5 Must-Know Facts About the Golden Globe-Nominated Star

Da'Vine Joy Randolph has captivated audiences with her powerful performance in 'The Holdovers.' Here's what you need to know about this talented actress.
Da’Vine Joy Randolph is getting Oscar buzz for her performance in The Holdovers. The 37-year-old actress has earned her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture.
Da’Vine plays Mary Lamb in Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, the cafeteria administrator whose son was killed in the Vietnam War.
Heading into the Golden Globes, Da’Vine has already won the National Board of Review’s Best Supporting Actress award. In addition to her Golden Globes nomination, Da’Vine is also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
Da’Vine rose to fame in the stage world for her performance as Oda Mae Brown in the Broadway production of Ghost in 2012. She received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Da’Vine has been a series regular in shows like Selfie, High Fidelity, and The Last O.G. Her notable recurring roles include Poundcake in Empire, Detective Williams in Only Murders in the Building, and Destiny in The Idol.
Da’Vine, a Pennsylvania native, attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in musical theatre. She went on to study at the Yale School of Drama and graduated in 2011 with a master’s degree.
She started out studying classical vocal performance at Temple University. “I never wanted to be an actor,” she told USA Today. “I thought at this point, I’d be in Italy: penthouse...
...champagne, living the lavish life of an opera singer.” When she reached out to an acting coach to help with her performance in Temple’s opera production of Aida, she was kicked out of the opera program. Da’Vine admitted that she “felt lost” after that.