Cherry Jones

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Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones 2009.jpg
Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
BornCherry Jones[1][2]
(1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 57)
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)[3]
 
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Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones 2009.jpg
Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
BornCherry Jones[1][2]
(1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 57)
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)[3]

Cherry Jones[4][5] (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress who is most noted for her work on Broadway. She has won two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award.

Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original Broadway Production of Stepping Out. A five-time Tony Award nominee, she has twice won Best Actress in a Play, for the 1995 revival of The Heiress and the 2005 original production of Doubt. On television, she starred as Allison Taylor on the FOX series 24 (2008-10), for which she won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama series. Her films include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Village (2004) and Amelia (2009).

Career[edit]

Jones may be best known for her role as President Allison Taylor on the Fox series 24, for which she won an Emmy. However, most of her career has been in the theatre on Broadway, including her Tony-winning lead performances in Lincoln Center's 1995 production of The Heiress and John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt, a role which earned her the 2005 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. The play opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in March 2005.

Other Broadway credits include Nora Ephron's play Imaginary Friends (with Swoosie Kurtz); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, the 2000 revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, for which she earned her first Tony nomination.[6] She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.[7]

She has narrated the audiobook adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series including, Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter and Little Town on the Prairie. In recent years, Jones has ventured into feature films. Her screen credits include Cradle Will Rock, The Perfect Storm, Signs, Ocean's Twelve and The Village.[8]

Jones played President Taylor on the Fox series 24, a role for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[9] She played the role in the seventh season as well as eighth season, which began airing in January 2010 and concluded in May 2010.[10]

In 2012, Jones starred in the NBC drama series Awake as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Evans.

Also in 2012, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in the Loeb Drama Center's revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie alongside Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith and Celia Keenan-Bolger.[11]

In 2014, Cherry Jones was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee, to a high school teacher mother and a flower shop owner father.[13] She is a 1978 graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. While at CMU, she was one of the earliest actors to work at City Theatre, a prominent fixture of Pittsburgh theatre.[14]

In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then girlfriend, architect Mary O'Connor. When she accepted her Best Actress Tony in 2005 for her work in Doubt, she thanked "Laura Wingfield", the Glass Menagerie character being played in the Broadway revival by Jones's girlfriend, actress Sarah Paulson.[15] The pair had attended the awards together and kissed right after Jones won. In 2007, Paulson and Jones declared their love for each other in an interview with VelvetPark at Women's Event 10 for the LGBT Center of New York.[16]

Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Alex: The Life of a ChildTina CrawfordTelevision movie
1987Light of DayCindy Montgomery
1987The Big TownGinger McDonald
1992HouseSitterPatty
1995Polio WaterVirginiaShort film
1997Julian PoLucy
1998The Horse WhispererLiz Hammond
1999Murder in a Small TownMimiTelevision movie
1999Cradle Will RockHallie Flanagan
1999The Lady in QuestionMimi Barnes
2000Erin BrockovichPamela Duncan
2000The Perfect StormEdie Bailey
2000Cora UnashamedLizbeth StudevantTelevision movie
2001What Makes a FamilySandy CataldiTelevision movie
2000Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodBuggy Abbott
2002SignsOfficer Paski
2004The VillageMrs. Clack
2004Ocean's TwelveMolly Star/Mrs. Caldwell
2005SwimmersJulia Tyler
200824: RedemptionPresident-Elect Allison TaylorTelevision movie
2009AmeliaEleanor Roosevelt
2010Mother and ChildSister Joanne
2011The BeaverVice President
2011New Year's EveMrs. Rose Ahern
2013Days and NightsMaryPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Spenser: For HireTracy KincaidEpisode: "Sleepless Dream"
2004The West WingBarbara LaytonEpisode: "Eppur Si Muove"
2004–05ClubhouseSister Marie3 episodes
2008–1024President Allison Taylor43 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2012AwakeDr. Judith Evans13 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1991Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayOur Country's GoodNominated
1995Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayThe HeiressWon
1995Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayThe HeiressWon
1998Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayPride's CrossingWon
2000Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayA Moon for the MisbegottenNominated
2004GLAAD Media AwardsVito Russo AwardHerselfWon
2005Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayDoubtWon
2005Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayDoubtWon
2006Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayFaith HealerNominated
2009Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series24Won
2009Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film24Nominated
2014Outer Critics Circle AwardsOutstanding Actress in a PlayThe Glass MenagerieWon
2014Tony AwardsBest Actress in a PlayThe Glass MenagerieNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'
  2. ^ AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson
  3. ^ Warn, Sarah (June 7, 2005). "Sarah Paulson in the Spotlight". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  4. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'
  5. ^ AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson
  6. ^ Internet Broadway Database Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (14 February 2013). "'The Glass Menagerie,' at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Cherry Jones at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Joyce Eng (20 September 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Jones moves into 24 Oval Office". Reuters. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  11. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith Join Cherry Jones for A.R.T.'s Glass Menagerie" playbill.com, October 18, 2012
  12. ^ "Cherry Jones, Ellen Burstyn, Cameron Mackintosh and More Inducted Into Broadway's Theater Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Cherry Jones Biography (1956-)
  14. ^ Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pg. 247. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
  15. ^ AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson
  16. ^ velvetparkmedia.com
  17. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'

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