|Born||November 21, 1956|
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)|
|Partner||Mary O'Connor (1986–2004)|
Cherry Jones (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress. Having started her career in theater as a founding member of the American Repertory Theater in 1980, she then transitioned into film and television. Celebrated for her dynamic roles on stage and screen, she has received various accolades, including three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards, as well as nominations for an Olivier Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 play Stepping Out. She went on to receive two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for The Heiress in 1995 and Doubt in 2005. Her other Tony-nominated roles were in Our Country's Good in 1991, A Moon for the Misbegotten in 2000, and The Glass Menagerie in 2014. Her most recent Broadway performance was in The Lifespan of a Fact in 2018.
She is also known for her work on television with breakthrough roles as Barbara Layton in The West Wing and President Allison Taylor in 24 the latter of which won her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2009. She received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Transparent in 2015 and earned two Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her roles in the Hulu drama series The Handmaid's Tale in 2019 and the HBO drama series Succession in 2020.
Her film appearances include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Amelia (2009), The Beaver (2011), A Rainy Day in New York (2019), and The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021).
Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee. Her mother was a high school teacher, and her father owned a flower shop. Her parents were very supportive of her theatrical ambitions, encouraging her interest by sending her to classes with local drama teacher, Ruby Krider. Jones takes great pains to credit her high school speech teacher, Linda Wilson, with her first real preparatory work. 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 fixture of Pittsburgh theatre.
Most of her career has been in theater, beginning in 1980 as a founding member of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her Broadway performances include Lincoln Center's 1995 production of The Heiress and also a 2005 production of John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt at the Walter Kerr Theatre. For both roles, she earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.
Other Broadway credits include Nora Ephron's play Imaginary Friends (with Swoosie Kurtz), 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. In 1994, she also appeared in the Broadway run of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika as the Angel, replacing Ellen McLaughlin, who had originated the role.
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, from January to May 2009, as well as eighth season, which aired from January to 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.
In 2015 and 2016 Jones had a recurring role on the Primetime Emmy Award-winning Amazon comedy-drama series Transparent in its second and third seasons. She was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her work in the 2015 season.
In 2016, she appeared in "Nosedive", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.
In 2018, Jones played Holly, the feminist mother to June/Offred in The Handmaid's Tale. She won an Emmy for her performance.
In 2019, Jones played the role of a grouchy psychic and tarot card reader in the comedy Wine Country, directed by Amy Poehler.
In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then-partner, 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 filmmaker Sophie Huber.
|1987||Light of Day||Cindy Montgomery|
|The Big Town||Ginger McDonald|
|1995||Polio Water||Virginia||Short film|
|1998||The Horse Whisperer||Liz Hammond|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Hallie Flanagan|
|2000||Erin Brockovich||Pamela Duncan|
|The Perfect Storm||Edie Bailey|
|2002||Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood||Buggy Abbott|
|2004||The Village||Mrs. Clack|
|Ocean's Twelve||Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell|
|Mother and Child||Sister Joanne|
|2011||The Beaver||Vice President|
|New Year's Eve||Mrs. Rose Ahern|
|2013||Days and Nights||Mary|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Ruth|
|I Saw the Light||Lillie Williams|
|2016||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||Geri Taub|
|2018||Boy Erased||Dr. Muldoon|
|2019||Wine Country||Lady Sunshine|
|A Rainy Day in New York||Mrs. Welles|
|Motherless Brooklyn||Gabby Horowitz|
|Our Friend||Faith Pruett|
|2021||The Eyes of Tammy Faye||Rachel LaValley|
|2022||The Sky Is Everywhere||Gram Walker|
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Tina Crawford||Television film|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Tracy Kincaid||Episode: "Sleepless Dream"|
|1993||Tribeca||Tough Woman||Episode: "The Loft"|
|1999||Murder in a Small Town||Mimi Barnes||Television film|
|The Lady in Question|
|2000||Cora Unashamed||Lizbeth Studevant|
|2001||What Makes a Family||Sandy Cataldi|
|Frasier||Janet||Episode: "Junior Agent"|
|2002||American Experience||Narrator||Episode: "Miss America"|
|2004||The West Wing||Barbara Layton||Episode: "Eppur Si Muove"|
|2004–2005||Clubhouse||Sister Marie||3 episodes|
|2008||24: Redemption||President-Elect Allison Taylor||Television film|
|2009–2010||24||President Allison Taylor||44 episodes|
|2012||Awake||Dr. Judith Evans||11 episodes|
|2015–2019||Transparent||Leslie Mackinaw||12 episodes|
|2016||Mercy Street||Dorothea Dix||2 episodes|
|11.22.63||Marguerite Oswald||5 episodes|
|Black Mirror||Susan||Episode: "Nosedive"|
|2017||American Crime||Laurie Ann Hesby||4 episodes|
|2018||Portlandia||Ms. Mayor||Episode: "Rose Route"|
|2018–2019||The Handmaid's Tale||Holly Maddox||3 episodes|
|2019||Chimerica||Mel Kincaid||4 episodes|
|2019–2023||Succession||Nan Pierce||3 episodes|
|2020||Defending Jacob||Joanna Klein||8 episodes|
|Close Enough||(voice)||Episode: "Robot Tutor/Golden Gamer"|
|2022||Five Days at Memorial||Susan Mulderick||7 episodes|
|2023||Velma||Victoria Jones (voice)||4 episodes|
|Poker Face||Laura||Episode: "The Orpheus Syndrome"|
|Extrapolations||President Elizabeth Burdick||Episode: "2059: Face of God"|
|1984||The Ballad of Soapy Smith||Kitty Chase|
|1985–1996||The Importance of Being Earnest||Cecily Cardew|
|1987||Tartuffe||Dorine||Portland Stage Company (Maine)|
|1991||Our Country's Good||Reverend Johnson/Liz Morden|
|1991||Light Shining in Buckinghamshire||—|
|1992||The Baltimore Waltz||Anna|
|1992||Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)||Constance Ledbelly|
|1993–1994||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Various replacements||Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway|
|1993–1994||Angels in America: Perestroika||Various replacements|
|1993||And Baby Makes Seven||Anna|
|1995||The Heiress||Catherine Sloper||Cort Theatre, Broadway|
|1996||The Night of the Iguana||Hannah Jelkes||Roundabout Theatre Company|
|1997–1998||Pride's Crossing||Mabel Tidings/Bigelow||Lincoln Center|
|1999||Tongue of a Bird||Maxine||The Public Theater|
|2000||A Moon for the Misbegotten||Josie Hogan||Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway|
|2001||Major Barbara||Barbara Undershaft||American Airlines Theatre, Broadway|
|2002–2003||Imaginary Friends||Mary McCarthy||Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway|
|2003||Flesh and Blood||Mary Stassos||New York Theatre Workshop|
|2005–2006||Doubt||Sister Aloysius||Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway|
|2006||Faith Healer||Grace||Booth Theatre, Broadway|
|2010||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Mrs. Kitty Warren||American Airlines Theatre, Broadway|
|2013–2014||The Glass Menagerie||Amanda Wingfield||Booth Theatre, Broadway|
|2014||When We Were Young and Unafraid||Agnes||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2017||The Glass Menagerie||Amanda Wingfield||Duke of York's Theatre, West End|
|2018||The Lifespan of a Fact||Emily||Studio 54, Broadway|
Awards and nominations
- ^ "Cherry Jones Biography (1956–)". Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- ^ http://www.glbtqarchive.com/arts/jones_c_A.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- ^ Chinoy, Helen Krich; Jenkins, Linda Walsh (May 26, 2018). Women in American Theatre. Theatre Communications Grou. ISBN 9781559362634 – via Google Books.
- ^ Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pg. 247. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- ^ Hartigan, Patti (May 11, 2017). "Cherry Jones returns to the city where she launched her career". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
- ^ Internet Broadway Database Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
- ^ Brantley, Ben (February 14, 2013). "'The Glass Menagerie,' at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA". New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- ^ Cherry Jones at IMDb
- ^ Joyce Eng (September 20, 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 20, 2009.
- ^ "Jones moves into 24 Oval Office". Reuters. July 21, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2008.
- ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith Join Cherry Jones for A.R.T.'s Glass Menagerie" Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, October 18, 2012
- ^ "Cherry Jones, Ellen Burstyn, Cameron Mackintosh and More Inducted Into Broadway's Theater Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- ^ "'Black Mirror' Season 3 Trailer: "No One Is This Happy'". Deadline. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
- ^ Dowling, Amber (January 25, 2018). "'The Handmaid's Tale' Enlists Cherry Jones for Pivotal Season 2 Role (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- ^ "'Wine Country': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. May 6, 2019.
- ^ Crews, Chip. "A Benefit of 'Doubt'". Washington Post.
- ^ Witchel, Alex (September 20, 2013). "Cherry Jones, at the Peak of Her Powers". The New York Times.
- ^ "Cherry Jones: Prop 8 Supporters 'Will Be Ashamed of Themselves'". Queerty. February 11, 2009.
- ^ AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson Archived June 9, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
- ^ "Velvetpark – Art Thought Culture". Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- ^ "Cherry Jones & Sarah Paulson Call It Quits With 'Happiest Break-Up'". Access Online. October 9, 2009.
- ^ Bendix, Trish (November 10, 2015). "Cherry Jones on getting married and playing a lesbian feminist in Season 2 of "Transparent"". Afterellen.
- ^ Stephen L. Betts (November 7, 2014). "Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones Cast in Upcoming Hank Williams Movie". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
- Cherry Jones at IMDb
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater (U. Michigan Press, edited by Robin Bernstein) republishes the interview in which Cherry Jones first publicly discussed her sexuality.
- Cherry Jones – Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Cherry Jones
- 1956 births
- Living people
- American film actresses
- American stage actresses
- American television actresses
- Audiobook narrators
- Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts alumni
- Drama Desk Award winners
- Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award winners
- American lesbian actresses
- People from Paris, Tennessee
- Tony Award winners
- American LGBT rights activists
- 20th-century American actresses
- 21st-century American actresses
- Actresses from Tennessee
- LGBT people from Tennessee
- American musical theatre actresses