Cherry Jones

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.

    Career

    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.

    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.

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

    Personal life

    Jones is openly lesbian. In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then-girlfriend, architect Mary O'Connor, with whom she had an 18-year relationship.

    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.

    Filmography

    Film

    Year Title Role Notes
    1986 Alex: The Life of a Child Tina Crawford Television movie
    1987 Light of Day Cindy Montgomery
    1987 The Big Town Ginger McDonald
    1992 Housesitter Patty
    1995 Polio Water Virginia Short film
    1997 Julian Po Lucy
    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
    2002 Signs Officer Paski
    2004 The Village Mrs. Clack
    2004 Ocean's Twelve Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell
    2005 Swimmers Julia Tyler
    2008 24: Redemption President-Elect Allison Taylor Television movie
    2009 Amelia Eleanor Roosevelt
    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

    Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    1987 Spenser: For Hire Tracy Kincaid Episode: "Sleepless Dream"
    1992 Loving Frankie Unknown episodes
    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

    Theatre

    Year Title Role Notes
    1983 The Philanthropist Liz
    1984 The Ballad of Soapy Smith Kitty Chase
    1985–96 The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew
    1987 Claptrap Sarah Littlefield
    1987 Stepping Out Lynne
    1988 Macbeth Lady Macduff
    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
    1993 Desdemona Bianca
    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

    Year Association Category Nominated work Result
    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

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