A Hollywood star who grew up in Maine is helping to spread the word about the importance of foster families in the state. ActressVictoria RowelljoinedGovernor Baldacci and first lady Karen Baldacci in proclaiming May "Foster Care Month" in Maine.
Rowell, who is best known for her roles on "The Young and the Restless" and "Diagnosis Murder," is the author of a new book about her own experience as a foster child. She was born in Portland and raised in foster homes until she was 18.
Rowell went on to become a dancer, a model and then a movie and television actress. She says her book tells of the foster mothers and other women who have inspired her through her life.
"I have embraced my experience in every way. It has been the platform from which I've been able to fly. And I draw from all the characters in my life. When I saw characters I do character studies and when I'm asked to portray a myriad of people even in ballet roles, I've always been able to draw a rich well of personalities I've met over the years," said Rowell.
Her book "The Women who Raised Me" is now number 22 on the best seller list. Rowell is autographing her book Friday night at 7:00 P.M. at the Barnes and Noble in Augusta.
You can see our full interview withVictoria Rowellnext week on "207."