LaTanya Richardson

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LaTanya Richardson
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Samuel L. Jackson and Latanya Richardson during a tour of Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
BornLaTanya Estelle Richardson
(1949-10-21) October 21, 1949 (age 64)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Other namesLaTanya Jackson
Spouse(s)Samuel L. Jackson (m. 1980)
ChildrenZoe Jackson
 
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LaTanya Richardson
Samuelljacksonnavy cropped.jpg
Samuel L. Jackson and Latanya Richardson during a tour of Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
BornLaTanya Estelle Richardson
(1949-10-21) October 21, 1949 (age 64)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Other namesLaTanya Jackson
Spouse(s)Samuel L. Jackson (m. 1980)
ChildrenZoe Jackson

LaTanya Estelle Richardson (born October 21, 1949) is an American actress and producer. She is sometimes credited as Latanya Richardson-Jackson.

Life and career[edit]

She graduated from Atlanta's Spelman College (the second oldest college for black women in the world) in 1974. While a student there, she met actor Samuel L. Jackson, then at all-male Morehouse College, who would later become her husband. She and Jackson married in 1980. They have one child, freelance film and TV producer Zoe, born 1982. After her daughter's birth, Richardson stopped working regularly, because, she said: “We’d vowed to be an intact revolutionary black family. But it was very, very hard.” [1]

She has appeared in a small number of films, and her biggest role to date is as "Paulina", the main antagonist in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations.

She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Spelman College in April, 2012.

Richardson currently produces the ESPY Awards for ESPN.

In 2014, Latanya was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun as Lena Younger, a role she took over at the last minute when Diahann Carroll dropped out due to health concerns. This was her second appearance on Broadway after her debut in the 2009 revival of Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Hangin' with the HomeboysCaseworker
1991Super, TheThe SuperJudge Smith
1991Fried Green TomatoesJaneen
1992JuiceSteel's Mother
1992Malcolm XLorraine
1992Lorenzo's OilNurse Ruth
1993Sleepless in SeattleHarriet
1994Last Laugh, TheThe Last LaughElaineShort film
1994When a Man Loves a WomanDr. Gina Mendez
1995Losing IsaiahCaroline Jones
1996Lone StarPriscilla Worth
1997LovedAttorney Rose Jackson
1997Julian PoDarlene
1998U.S. MarshalsDeputy Marshal Savannah Cooper
1998SecretsShort film
2003Fighting Temptations, TheThe Fighting TemptationsPaulina Pritchett
2006FreedomlandMarie
2007All About UsCousin Bernice
2007BlackoutMrs. Thompson
2009Mother and ChildCarol

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Man Called Hawk, AA Man Called HawkDoris GilbertEpisode: "Life After Death"
1991Law & OrderLorraineEpisode: "Life Choice"
1992Law & OrderAnne HoustonEpisode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1992Nightman, TheThe NightmanEmilyTV film
1992Frannie's TurnVivianEpisodes: "Pilot", "Frannie and the Kitchen Sink"
1992One Life to LiveRodiTV series
1993Civil WarsEpisode: "Hit the Road, Jack"
1993Shameful SecretsLouise LevyTV film
1993CheersModeratorEpisode: "Woody Gets an Election"
1994Midnight Run for Your LifeDet. DixonTV film
1994Party of FiveJane GideonEpisode: "Private Lives"
1994Earth 2Alex WentworthEpisode: "A Memory Play"
1995Chicago HopeMrs. ParnettEpisode: "Cutting Edges"
1995NYPD BlueSister CeciliaEpisode: "Heavin' Can Wait"
1996Deliverance of Elaine, TheThe Deliverance of ElaineEdnaTV film
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetLynette ThompsonEpisode: "Betrayal"
1998Any Day NowMrs. WalkerEpisode: "Call Him Johnny"
1998Ally McBealAttorney Yvette RoseEpisode: "Story of Love"
1999Ally McBealAttorney Yvette RoseEpisode: "Let's Dance"
1999Introducing Dorothy DandridgeAuntieTV film
1999Judging AmyLena RailsbackEpisode: "Pilot"
1999Once and AgainCounselorEpisode: "Boy Meets Girl"
2000HairstoryTV film
2001Within These WallsMelinda DonovanTV film
2001-2002100 Centre StreetAtallah SimsRecurring role (8 episodes)
2003Boston PublicSheilaEpisode: "Chapter 62"
2011Harry's LawNoreenEpisode: "In the Ghetto"
2012DamagesJudge Jaclynn EllisEpisode: "You Want to End This Once and for All?"
2013Watsons Go to Birmingham, TheThe Watsons Go to BirminghamGrandma SandsTV film, completed

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