Cherry Jones

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Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones 2009.jpg
Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
Born(1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 56)
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)[1]
 
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Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones 2009.jpg
Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
Born(1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 56)
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)[1]

Cherry Jones (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress and recipient of the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series and the 1995 and 2005 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. Most recently, she starred as Dr. Evans on NBC series Awake.

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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.[2] She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] She played the role in the seventh season as well as eighth season, which began airing in January 2010 and concluded in May 2010.[6]

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

Cherry Jones is currently portraying Amanda Wingfield in the Loeb Drama Center's revival of Tennessee William's "The Glass Menagerie" alongside Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith and Celia Keenan-Bolger.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee, to a high school teacher mother and a flower shop owner father.[8] 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.[9]

In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then partner, 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.[10] The pair had attended the awards together and kissed right after Jones won, thus making it clear that Paulson was not closeted about the relationship. 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.[11]

Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.[12]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Alex: The Life of a ChildTina CrawfordTV movie
1987Light of DayCindy Montgomery
1987The Big TownGinger McDonald
1987Spenser: For HireTracy KincaidEpisode: "Sleepless Dream"
1992HouseSitterPatty
1995Polio WaterVirginiaShort film
1997Julian PoLucy
1998The Horse WhispererLiz Hammond
1999Murder in a Small TownMimiTV movie
1999Cradle Will RockHallie FlanaganNominated-Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999The Lady in QuestionMimi Barnes
2000Erin BrockovichPamela Duncan
2000The Perfect StormEdie Bailey
2000Cora UnashamedLizbeth StudevantTV movie
2001What Makes a FamilySandy CataldiTV movie
2000Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodBuggy Abbott
2002SignsOfficer Paski
2004The West WingBarbara LaytonEpisode: "Eppur Si Muove"
2004The VillageMrs. Clack
2004-2005ClubhouseSister Marie3 episodes
2004Ocean's TwelveMolly Star/Mrs. Caldwell
2005SwimmersJulia Tyler
2008-201024President 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
2009AmeliaEleanor Roosevelt
2010Mother and ChildSister Joanne
2011The BeaverVice President
2011New Year's EveMrs. Rose Ahern
2012AwakeDr. Judith Evans13 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warn, Sarah (June 7, 2005). "Sarah Paulson in the Spotlight". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  2. ^ Internet Broadway Database Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ Brantley, Ben (14 February 2013). "'The Glass Menagerie,' at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Cherry Jones at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Joyce Eng (20 September 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Jones moves into 24 Oval Office". Reuters. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Cherry Jones Biography (1956-)
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson
  11. ^ velvetparkmedia.com
  12. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'

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