Cherry Jones (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress. A five-time Tony Award nominee for her work on Broadway, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the 1995 revival of The Heiress and for the 2005 original production of Doubt. She won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Allison Taylor on the FOX television series 24. She has also won three Drama Desk Awards.
Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original Broadway production of Stepping Out. Other stage credits include Pride's Crossing (1997–98) and The Glass Menagerie (2013–14). Her film appearances include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Village (2004), Amelia (2009) and The Beaver (2011). In 2012, she played Dr. Judith Evans on the NBC drama Awake.
Early life and education
Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee, to a high school teacher mother and a flower shop owner father. 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.
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. She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.
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.
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. She played the role in the seventh season as well as eighth season, which began airing in January 2010 and concluded in May 2010.
In 2012, Jones starred in the NBC drama series Awake as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Evans.
In 2014, Cherry Jones was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
She started dating actress Sarah Paulson in 2004. 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 Paulson. 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. Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.
In mid-2015, Jones married her girlfriend, actress Sophie Huber.
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Tina Crawford||Television movie|
|1987||Light of Day||Cindy Montgomery|
|1987||The Big Town||Ginger McDonald|
|1995||Polio Water||Virginia||Short film|
|1998||The Horse Whisperer||Liz Hammond|
|1999||Murder in a Small Town||Mimi||Television movie|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Hallie Flanagan|
|1999||The Lady in Question||Mimi Barnes|
|2000||Erin Brockovich||Pamela Duncan|
|2000||The Perfect Storm||Edie Bailey|
|2000||Cora Unashamed||Lizbeth Studevant||Television movie|
|2001||What Makes a Family||Sandy Cataldi||Television movie|
|2002||Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood||Buggy Abbott|
|2004||The Village||Mrs. Clack|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell|
|2008||24: Redemption||President-Elect Allison Taylor||Television movie|
|2009||Mother and Child||Sister Joanne|
|2011||The Beaver||Vice President|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Mrs. Rose Ahern|
|2013||Days and Nights||Mary|
|2015||I Saw the Light||Lillie Williams||Filming|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Tracy Kincaid||Episode: "Sleepless Dream"|
|1993||Tribeca||Tough Woman||Episode: "The Loft"|
|2001||Frasier||Janet||Episode: "Junior Agent"|
|2002||The American Experience||Narrator||Episode: "Miss America"|
|2004||The West Wing||Barbara Layton||Episode: "Eppur Si Muove"|
|2004–05||Clubhouse||Sister Marie||3 episodes|
|2008–10||24||President Allison Taylor||43 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2012||Awake||Dr. Judith Evans||11 episodes|
|1984||The Ballad of Soapy Smith||Kitty Chase|
|1985–96||The Importance of Being Earnest||Cecily Cardew|
|1991||Our Country's Good||Reverend Johnson/Liz Morden||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play|
|1991||Light Shining in Buckinghamshire||N/A|
|1992||The Baltimore Waltz||Anna|
|1992||Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)||Constance Ledbelly|
|1993–94||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Various replacements|
|1993–94||Angels in America: Perestroika||Various replacements|
|1993||And Baby Makes Seven||Anna|
|1995||The Heiress||Catherine Sloper||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
|1996||The Night of the Iguana||Hannah Jelkes|
|1997–98||Pride's Crossing||Mabel Tidings/Bigelow||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play
|1999||Tongue of a Bird||Maxine|
|2000||A Moon for the Misbegotten||Josie Hogan||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play|
|2001||Major Barbara||Barbara Undershaft|
|2002–03||Imaginary Friends||Mary McCarthy|
|2003||Flesh and Blood||Mary Stassos|
|2005–06||Doubt||Sister Aloysius||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
|2006||Faith Healer||Grace||Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play|
|2010||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Mrs. Kitty Warren|
|2013–14||The Glass Menagerie||Amanda Wingfield||Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
|2014||When We Were Young and Unafraid||Agnes|
Awards and nominations
|1991||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Our Country's Good||Nominated|
|1995||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||The Heiress||Won|
|1995||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||The Heiress||Won|
|1998||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Pride's Crossing||Won|
|2000||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||A Moon for the Misbegotten||Nominated|
|2004||GLAAD Media Awards||Vito Russo Award||Herself||Won|
|2005||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Doubt||Won|
|2005||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Doubt||Won|
|2006||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Faith Healer||Nominated|
|2009||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||24||Won|
|2009||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||24||Nominated|
|2014||Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||The Glass Menagerie||Won|
|2014||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||The Glass Menagerie||Nominated|