Sheryl Lee Ralph received flowers from Beyoncé after Emmy win: ‘To the original Dreamgirl’

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Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph received flowers from Beyoncé after winning the Emmy. (Photo: Chris Haston/NBC via Getty Images)

Sheryl Lee Ralph has a fan in Beyoncé.

The Abbott Elementary star, 65, who won an Emmy last week for her role as no-nonsense kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard in the hit TBEN comedy, was thrilled to receive a beautiful white flower arrangement from Beyoncé. The moment was captured in a video by Ralph’s son, Etienne Maurice, and set to the theme song of Dream womenfor which Ralph won a Tony Award in 1981.

“To the original Dreamgirl, I send you a beautiful congratulations,” wrote Beyoncé, who took over Ralph’s role as Deena Jones in the 2006 film version of Dream women. “All my love, Beyoncé.”

The video shows Ralph opening the card in her dining room while her family watches. Visibly shocked, she puts her hands on her head in astonishment.

“Great,” she says to the camera, her voice scratching. “I don’t have a voice, but it’s great.”

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In a touching caption, Ralph shared how much the moment meant to her.

“Everyone has their own special dream and all your dreams can come true. Just look in the mirror and enjoy what lies ahead,” the TV star captioned the video. “Thanks @beyonce don’t forget to dream girls!”

In the comments, Quinta Brunson, who stars in and created the beloved comedy series about a group of elementary school teachers in Philadelphia, responded with a tear-eyed emoji. Several other Hollywood stars came in with congratulations for her Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series win, ranging from Lena Waithe and Sharon Stone to Billy Porter and Naomi Campbell. Ralph’s son Etienne also noted, riffing on Beyoncé’s hit by “Giving ‘Break My Soul’ a whole new meaning.”

On his own page, Ralph’s son reposted the video and shared a sweet message in support of his mother. He also told that his mother received flowers from rapper Kid Cudi.

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“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that one of my all-time favorite artists would send flowers to my mom. I know this is about my mom, but @kidcudi, my mom wouldn’t know who you were if I was “I’ll never go to school in the morning playing with your music or buying her tickets to see you for my high school graduation,” he captioned the video. “I’ve been your fan from DAY 1 bro. Thank you for showing love to mothers. You are loved my g.”

Ralph knocked down the house at the Emmy Awards last week as she took the stage to receive her statue. When she got to the microphone, Ralph started singing Dianne Reeves’ Endangered Species. It’s been 35 years since a black woman won in the category, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported.

“To everyone who has ever had a dream and thought your dream couldn’t come true. I’m here to tell you this is what faith looks like. This is what striving looks like. And never give up,” she declared onstage, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

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Last Wednesday, Ralph shared that she wasn’t happy with Jimmy Kimmel because he was onstage near the stage while her boyfriend and co-star Brunson gave her acceptance speech for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Brunson is the second black woman to ever win in that category.

“I was absolutely confused,” Ralph said during a virtual panel of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, according to reports. “I didn’t know what was going on. I was like, ‘I wish that guy would just get off the ground.’ And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and I thought, ‘Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy!’ But that’s just me.”

Ralph went on to say that she told Kimmel she didn’t like the stunt in his face.

‘I told him too! In his face!’ she said. “And he understood.”

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