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.
Born LaTanya Estelle Richardson
(1949-10-21) October 21, 1949 (age 64)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Other names LaTanya Jackson
Spouse(s) Samuel L. Jackson (m. 1980)
Children Zoe 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, Richardson 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]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Hangin' with the Homeboys Caseworker
1991 Super, TheThe Super Judge Smith
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Janeen
1992 Juice Steel's Mother
1992 Malcolm X Lorraine
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Nurse Ruth
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Harriet
1994 Last Laugh, TheThe Last Laugh Elaine Short film
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Dr. Gina Mendez
1995 Losing Isaiah Caroline Jones
1996 Lone Star Priscilla Worth
1997 Loved Attorney Rose Jackson
1997 Julian Po Darlene
1998 U.S. Marshals Deputy Marshal Savannah Cooper
1998 Secrets Short film
2003 Fighting Temptations, TheThe Fighting Temptations Paulina Pritchett
2006 Freedomland Marie
2007 All About Us Cousin Bernice
2007 Blackout Mrs. Thompson
2009 Mother and Child Carol

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Man Called Hawk, AA Man Called Hawk Doris Gilbert Episode: "Life After Death"
1991 Law & Order Lorraine Episode: "Life Choice"
1992 Law & Order Anne Houston Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1992 Nightman, TheThe Nightman Emily TV film
1992 Frannie's Turn Vivian Episodes: "Pilot", "Frannie and the Kitchen Sink"
1992 One Life to Live Rodi TV series
1993 Civil Wars Episode: "Hit the Road, Jack"
1993 Shameful Secrets Louise Levy TV film
1993 Cheers Moderator Episode: "Woody Gets an Election"
1994 Midnight Run for Your Life Det. Dixon TV film
1994 Party of Five Jane Gideon Episode: "Private Lives"
1994 Earth 2 Alex Wentworth Episode: "A Memory Play"
1995 Chicago Hope Mrs. Parnett Episode: "Cutting Edges"
1995 NYPD Blue Sister Cecilia Episode: "Heavin' Can Wait"
1996 Deliverance of Elaine, TheThe Deliverance of Elaine Edna TV film
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Lynette Thompson Episode: "Betrayal"
1998 Any Day Now Mrs. Walker Episode: "Call Him Johnny"
1998 Ally McBeal Attorney Yvette Rose Episode: "Story of Love"
1999 Ally McBeal Attorney Yvette Rose Episode: "Let's Dance"
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Auntie TV film
1999 Judging Amy Lena Railsback Episode: "Pilot"
1999 Once and Again Counselor Episode: "Boy Meets Girl"
2000 Hairstory TV film
2001 Within These Walls Melinda Donovan TV film
2001-2002 100 Centre Street Atallah Sims Recurring role (8 episodes)
2003 Boston Public Sheila Episode: "Chapter 62"
2011 Harry's Law Noreen Episode: "In the Ghetto"
2012 Damages Judge Jaclynn Ellis Episode: "You Want to End This Once and for All?"
2013 Watsons Go to Birmingham, TheThe Watsons Go to Birmingham Grandma Sands TV film, completed

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