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Jackie Richardson is a Canadian singer and actress.
Jackie was also a member of 60's Toronto-based girl group The Tiaras along with Brenda Russell. She is of African-American descent, and was born in Philadelphia. Her family moved to Toronto when Richardson was young.
She is a three-time nominee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini Award, and won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Gospel According to the Blues. In 2003 she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for Sins of the Father. She is also a noted stage performer, winning a Dora Award in 2004 for the musical Cookin' at the Cookery. Other high profile projects include More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, and 3 Men and a Baby.
The musical Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story was conceived of and written by Audrei-Kairen Kotaska for Jackie who starred in the production first in 1999 and then again in 2012. It's set on Christmas Even in an early 1970s roadhouse with "Big Mama" putting on a show and sharing stories about her life and the blues while being backed up by two and sometimes three musicians. Jackie's performances received positive reviews for her voice and stage presence.
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