‘The Young and the Restless’: Victoria Rowell Co-Starred in This Jim Carrey Comedy

Victoria Rowell is one of daytime television’s most adored actors. For nearly 17 years, Rowell entertained The Young and the Restless viewers with her portrayal of Drucilla Winters. Although Rowell continues to be known for her soap opera work, the actor has worked on several TV and movie projects throughout the years. One of her most memorable film roles was in a Jim Carrey comedy.

'The Young and the Restless' actor Victoria Rowell poses with her Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series trophy backstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
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Victoria Rowell was in the Jim Carrey comedy ‘Dumb and Dumber’

Dumb and Dumber is considered one of the greatest comedy films of all time. The premise follows halfwits Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne’s (Jeff Daniels) road trip to Aspen to return a briefcase to Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). The film features notable supporting actors, including Rowell.

Rowell’s character is a woman named Beth Jordan, who first meets Harry at a gas station. Realizing they’re both going to Aspen, they decide to meet up, but Beth drives away before giving Harry her phone number. Later Beth is seen trying to chat with Lloyd in the lodge’s bar, but he’s uninterested in her story. Toward the end of the film, it’s revealed Beth is an undercover FBI agent who was trailing Lloyd and Harry.

Victoria Rowell’s other projects outside of ‘The Young and the Restless’

Aside from her small role in Dumber and Dumber, Rowell also co-starred in other films such as Barb Wire and Eve’s Bayou. She also became a regular in primetime television. While on The Young and the Restless, Rowell also landed a main role on the CBS series Diagnosis: Murder. From 1993 to 2001, Rowell played medical examiner Dr. Amanda Bentley-Livingston on the Dick Van Dyke crime drama.

Since she departed The Young and the Restless, Rowell has remained busy with other jobs. One of her biggest projects is the drama-comedy series The Rich and the Ruthless, which focuses on the behind-the-scenes drama of the soap opera world. Aside from starring in the lead role, Rowell also serves as the show’s creator, producer, and director.

Victoria Rowell’s ‘The Young and the Restless’ departure

Although Rowell has moved on with other roles, soap fans will always remember her as Drucilla on The Young and the Restless. Drucilla’s marriage to Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John), the paternity of her daughter Lily Winters (Christel Khalil), and the adoption of Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) were key storylines for the character. In 2007, fans said goodbye to Rowell and her character when Drucilla fell off a cliff and was presumed dead.

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Rowell’s reason for leaving the soap opera was frustrations with the lack of diversity on the show. In April 2019, Rowell returned for a tribute special for her late The Young and the Restless co-star St. John. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rowell described St. John as “like my brother. We had a fantastic brother-sister relationship. He was like a big kid.”

As for a possible return as Drucilla, Rowell said, “I love the show. They know I would love to return.” Although Rowell and fans would love to see Drucilla pop back up in Genoa City, it appears there are no plans for it. In the meantime, fans can catch Rowell bring on the drama in The Rich and the Ruthless.