She’s toured the United States and Europe six times and starred in leading roles on Broadway from Aida to Rent, and Spamalot to Tarzan, she serves on the Board of Directors at The Geffen Playhouse, she’s had recurring roles on television shows and even voiced video games, but achievements aside, it was Merle Dandridge’s Midwest upbringing that may have laid the best foundation for her starring role in OWN’s hit drama Greenleaf.
The series premiere drew more that three million viewers making it the number one series debut in OWN history. Backed by Oprah Winfrey, who also has a regular role, Greenleaf returned for a second season this past spring. Like the show, Dandridge has a huge family contingent in Tennessee, so it was easy for her to connect with the storyline about this family that runs a sprawling megachurch in Memphis. Dandridge stars as Grace Greenleaf, the estranged daughter of the church leader who returns home after a twenty-year absence and uncovers family secrets and scan...
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